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BeanSpy: Cheat Sheet for Application Discoveries
Here is a quick summary (i.e. cheat sheet) for the JMX Queries through BeanSpy . JBoss Tomcat WebLogic WebSphere In general, if there is a problem with the automatic Management Pack discovery, remember to use the Universal Discovery method via the Manual PowerShell script .
30 May 2013
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 released!
Microsoft releases System Center 2012 to the public at large. For those who have not already tried it, a private trial is available for download here . Part of the System Center 2012 suite is System Center Operations Manager 2012 (SCOM 2012). This release of SCOM 2012 has many great features, but...
19 Apr 2012
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 6.1 (version 2)
It would appear that yesterday's post may not work for everyone, and here is a second version that will bypass this problem. The problem relates to the fact that I elected to have the newly created EJB class extend the base Microsoft.JEE.Application class from the Microsoft.JEE.Library management...
31 Jan 2013
Connecting JConsole to WebSphere
In a previous posting I talked about connecting jConsole to connect Tomcat and JBoss, this time I will discuss WebSphere. The short version is that this is not as simple as Tomcat or JBoss because connecting to the running process will not work. If you just need MBean information I would suggest sticking...
31 May 2012
WebSphere MP Guide for SCOM 2012 RC Addendum
For anyone using SCOM 2012 RC (or Beta), the WebSphere MP guides are missing a step to fully enable deep monitoring. This post will explain the missing step and detail how configure apply the appropriate settings. Overview When configuring BeanSpy on WebSphere, follow the steps below. Information...
28 Feb 2012
Deploying Web Applications on different JEE Application Servers
This post will discuss how to deploy BeanSpy on the supported application server platforms. The deployment information in step #2 can also be applied to any general web application (example: the Contoso Order Service ). Step #1) Get the WAR/EAR files As per the documentation , to obtain the official...
26 Apr 2012
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 7.0
Similar to my previous posting , here is a sample management pack for monitoring EJBs on WebSphere 7.0. For an explanation of what is happening, refer to the previous posting (and all of the legal warnings denying responsibility therein). :) Basically, the differences are: Changed references...
29 Jan 2013
BeanSpy: WebSphere Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications
If you are running WebSphere, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. Once you have deployed BeanSpy to a web application server, the next step is to see that it works. While look at the /Stats or /Stats/Info is a nice cross-platform solution, sometimes you want to know...
30 May 2013
Universal Discovery in the SCOM 2012 RC
In the SCOM 2012 RC , there is a sample extention for Universal Discovery of application servers. This post will discuss this extension to the JEE Add-on. Out-of-the-box, the JEE Application Server Add-on feature supports a variety of applications servers on several version of Windows and Unix/Linux...
9 Mar 2012
Where to download the JEE Application Server feature for SCOM 2012 RC
I just realized that I never put a download link to the SCOM 2012 Release Candidate Add-on for monitoring JEE Application Servers. Please go here to get the bits: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27974 .
9 Mar 2012
Manually Discovering JEE Application Servers with SCOM 2012
Out-of-the-box, System Center Operations Manager can discover several different application server platforms and versions ( support matrix is here ); however, this is not every version of every application server. Also, for an application server to be discovered and monitored in Operations Manager, the...
21 May 2012
UNIX/Linux Discovery and Workaround: Application Server's path is a symbolic link or from a network mount
There is a bug in the Unix/Linux JEE application server code that for some configuration could prevent deep monitoring. The issue will occur if the Application Server path contains a symbolic link or is network mounted. In these cases, the underlying discover code does not see the path on disk, which...
8 Jun 2012
WebSphere (7.0 & 6.1), Security, and BeanSpy
This page contains information about configuring the WebSphere Web Server to require BASIC authentication when accessing servlets. Security is a very Application Server specific task. During the development of this feature, it was noted that depending on the setup of the application server, certain behaviors...
25 Jun 2013
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 6.1
By simply taking yesterday's post and applying the match of judicious copy-n-paste methodology: may I present a MP for managing EJBs for WebSphere 6.1. All of the caveats regarding support (or rather lack thereof) and this is for information use apply. :) Finally, the MP presented uses the debug...
30 Jan 2013
(Workaround) Enable discovery of WebSphere Network Deployments
The default WebSphere profile discovery is done by looking at registry entries. Specifically, the WebSphere Management Packs check the registry of each user for an entry: Software\IBM\WebSphere Application Server Unfortunately, this is a problem on Windows for the Network Deployment of WebSphere...
1 Jun 2013
Sample JEE Application: Contoso Order Service
To get a better understanding of how to use the SCOM 2012 Add-on of the JEE Application Server feature in future blog posts, it is going to be necessary to have an application to talk about (and write Management Packs (MPs) against). For that reason, I am going to introduce a simple application dubbed...
26 Mar 2012
PowerShell script to Remove Application Servers: Only Applicable to Application Server's added by PowerShell
I would like to take a moment to clarify a point about the PowerShell script to remove application servers (aka RemoveJEEAppServer.ps1 ) that was recently brought to my attention. This mechanism for removing application servers is only intended for use with application servers added via PowerShell (aka...
31 Aug 2013
Minor Typos in the JEE Application Server PowerShell scripts
The help messages provided in the PowerShell scripts for adding and removing Universal Instances of JEE Application Servers to SCOM 2012 contain minor typos. The help messages (a) have the wrong script names and (b) should contain relative path to the directories. For the later, by this I mean that...
23 May 2012
Inframon: Excellent Blog Post about Monitoring WebSphere in System Center Operations Manager 2012
I am a late in finding it, but here is a great blog post by Inframon detailing how to monitor WebSphere using the JEE Application Server management packs . This is a great article with detailed steps and pictures. Kudos to the for the informative post! Post: WebSphere monitoring with the JEE Application...
24 May 2012
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