As may or may not have read on the MP Author website Microsoft has decided to partner with Silect to create a MP Authoring tool targeted to IT Pros. This tool is called MP Author and is completely free for all System Center Customers and will be the tool we recommend to IT Pros who need to do MP Authoring.
It replaces previous tools we have piloted such as the Visio Authoring Tool which will be no longer recommended or supported.
In this blog post I walk you through the installation steps after you have downloaded the MP Author tool and some MP creation steps. You can also review the BridgeWays_MP_Author_Installation_Guide and BridgeWays_MP_Author_User_Guide PDF Guides that come with the installation.
Step 1. Unzip File
Steps 2. Run MPAuthorSetup.exe
Accept License Agreement and click Next
Enter Folder to store application and click Next
Open MP Author as an Admin
This will help you get started with the creation of your Management Packs.
Let’s create a new Management Pack with an Event Monitor.
Click on Next
Enter the config needed for the Manifest section of the MP and click on Next.
Enter folder to store you MP and click on Next
Add needed references and click Next
Choose the Template you want to use for creating your MP and click on Next
Define the Role the MP will monitor
Let’s only monitor Gold servers, which we retrieve from a registry value.
Click on Browse
Select Registry we want to use and click on OK.
Identify registry target and click on Next
Enter expression and click on Next
Enter Discovery Schedule and click Next
Click on Finish
Continue with the Monitor creation
Select Event Monitor
Specify Unhealthy Event and click Next
Specify Health timer or Event and click Next
Specify Health States and click Next
Specify if an Alert needs to be created and Click Next
You can add more monitors are click Next to continue
Choose Rollup Algorithm and click Next
Click Finish to finalize MP.
We can verify the MP using the tools and we can also run the Best Practices Analyzer.
Let’s import the MP
We can check in the Discovered Inventory for the Target we specified in the MP.
And finally an Alert is shown after creating the Event in the Eventlog.
Hope you enjoy this new tool.
Today I listened to the 252st Episode of the PowerScripting Podcast with Chris Ashley and Dmitry Petrashev from Dell on Mobile IT and PowerGui and wanted to test their Mobile IT Solution with System Center Operations Manager.
According to their website Mobile IT makes it easy to provide secure, easy-to-use, mobile access to everyday applications that enhance the productivity of your mobile workforce.
With the product’s unique mobile connector, you can quickly enable your users to access applications from a broad range of mobile devices. Mobile IT delivers a native device experience without the need for either virtualization or custom development – all without sacrificing security or usability. With Mobile IT, devices communicate through a secure HTTPS connection, and administrators can easily approve or disapprove devices attempting access as well as lock out devices reported lost or stolen.
In this blog post I will walk you through the installation of the Mobile IT Components which was pretty easy if you have a simple scenario using Dell’s Gateway to connect to your Mobile IT Server and Agent.
High-Level Installation steps:
Architecture of Mobile IT Solution:
Test Mobile IT Server\Agent Architecture:
Taken from Admin Guide
Installation of Mobile IT Server\Agent
1. Unzip Quest_Mobile-IT-x64-with-Prerequisites_13.zip (439 MB)
2. Run QuestMobileIT_x64_1.3.2139.0.exe on Mobile IT Server\Agent (System Center Operations Manager Management Server)
Selected Full install
On the Management Server is already a SQL Server 2008 R2 Instance installed.
3. Install Mobile Pack by unzipping Quest_Microsoft-Systems-Center-Operations-Manager-SCOM_118880.zip file
4. Import SCOM Mobile Pack using the Mobile IT Console
Click on Add Instance
5. Connect Mobile Devices (Windows Phone) to Mobile IT Server
6. Configure the Mobile IT Connector
And now waiting for the Operations Manager Alerts being forwarded to my Windows Phone. And yes Alerts are showing up on my Windows Phone 8
Installation process of the Mobile IT solution was pretty simple and straightforward, but I was missing information about the configuration of the Mobile IT Connector within Operations Manager.
I hope find some time to start creating my own Mobile Packs using PowerShell. The Mobile IT development team has released the SDK that can be used by other product development teams to create their own Mobile IT server connectors.
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On the 12th of February 2014 the Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG NL) is organizing an event about Monitoring.
I’ll also present a session about this topic
Session title: Using PowerShell with System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2
Description: Introduction on how to use PowerShell to manage System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2. In this session we walk through the PowerShell System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 module and learn some basic PowerShell. We start with a short introduction to PowerShell and learn how to use the Operations Manager PowerShell cmdlets.
If you are interested to attend this event please visit the Windows Management User Group website. (in Dutch)
Hope to see you there or on some other event.
The Windows Azure Pack is a collection of Windows Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. Once installed in your datacenter, the Windows Azure Pack integrates with System Center and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as websites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus; a portal for administrators to manage resource clouds; scalable web hosting; and more.
If you want to learn more about Windows Azure Pack (WAP) where do you need to start? The best place to start is the Microsoft Technet wiki page for WAP
And to make it even easier I would suggest you to watch the 1:14 minutes video Building Cloud Services with Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack recorded during TechEd Europe 2013.
It has some great demos about Azure Consistent Experiences, Virtual Machines, VM Clouds Administration,Automation (SMA), Usage Metering and Service Reporting.
After watching this video you should be able to understand more about WAP and related concepts like Service Management Automation.
The Windows Azure Pack is free if you have licenses for System Center and Windows Server.
Want to expand your knowledge about service packs? In this course, Microsoft experts will drill down into the structure, implementation, and development of management and service packs and their tools. There will be a series of 28 modules with staggered release dates, so keep checking back for new modules to become available.
Go to the Microsoft Virtual Academy and start this course.