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  • Blog Post: Java APM Agent Changelog

    I just realized that there is not a great means of tracking the changes to the Java APM agent for Visual Studio Online. And so without further ado, a blog post to rectify the situation. This post will discuss how to determine the version of the Java APM Agent as well as a changelog of features and fixes...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights (for Java): What is it and How to Get It

    I previously mentioned that Application Insights supports Java and this post is a follow-up with some more links and information. The official information page for Application Insights is here . Briefly stated, Application Insights is a way to get the same great Application Performance Monitoring (APM...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: (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...
  • Blog Post: BeanSpy: JBoss Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications

    IF you are running JBoss, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. Once you havedeployed 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 what...
  • Blog Post: Java APM Agent configuration files: Explained!

    Edit for Nov 20th, 2013: the information on this page primarily is for the On Premise solution of SCOM 2012 R2. Though users of Application Insights may find some of the information useful as well. The Java APM Agent has three configuration files. In this blog post I will give a brief explanation...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights: For Java Too!

    Microsoft recently announced a new service for VS Online called Application Insights (This is an invite-only service at the time of this writing). In addition to providing deeper insight into your .NET applications, this online solution also has the ability to monitor your Java application as well. Very...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2012 R2: Tomcat as a Windows Service with APM options

    There are many ways start Tomcat. The documentation covers the basics , which for Windows is to modify the catalina.bat: :noJuliManager set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_MANAGER% set APM _DIR=\path\to\apm\agent\zip\contents set APM_OPTS=-Djava.library.path="%APM_DIR%" -javaagent:"%APM_DIR%\apm_facade...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring Preview Released!

    I am proud to announce the preview version of Java Application Performance Monitoring (aka Java APM), available for download ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 ). This feature builds upon the previous release (available for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: BeanSpy: WebLogic Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications

    If you are running WebLogic, 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 what...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: WebLogic Management Pack Explained: Discovery Process and Monitoring

    In this blog post I will briefly discuss the discovery and basic monitoring on WebLogic from the JEE Feature of SCOM 2012 ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29270 ). Although it is Java, the promise of write once, run everywhere does not hold. Especially in the start and discovery...
  • Blog Post: Java APM MP Guide now Available... On TechNet

    If you are looking the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Preview Management Pack (MP) Guide, it can now be downloaded at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 or view it on TechNet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn502605.aspx . Hooray for having documentation...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Command-line options to enabling Application Performance Monitoring for Tomcat

    This post will go over the specifics of running the command-line options for enabling the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) agent with a Tomcat server. This is not coverage of the full System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) setup ( please refer to the documentation ), rather the details...
  • Blog Post: Guide: Enabling SSL on Tomcat With The Java Management Packs for SCOM 2012

    Here is a quick guide for enabling SSL on Tomcat with the SCOM 2012 Java Management Pack ( download here ). As this Java APM Management Pack ( download here ) extends the previous MP, this content applies here too. Before getting started with this, you should certainly reference the appropriate Tomcat...
  • Blog Post: Java APM MP Guide now Available

    If you are looking the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Preview Management Pack (MP) Guide, it can now be downloaded at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 . Just click the Download button and a pop-up will give you the option of selecting either the MSI or the...
  • Blog Post: Creating Azure Package of Tomcat with Azure SDK 1.8

    Although there are already several posts about creating Windows Azure packages (notably here , I thought it about time for a quick update with some specifics for use with the Windows Azure SDK version 1.8 ( http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/java/java-home/download-for-windows/ ). This will...