Top 5 reasons Why Sysadmins Should Find System Center 2012 Operations Manager a Refreshing Alternative to SolarWinds (#SCOM)

For background here, there was an article written entitled: Top 5 Reasons Why Sysadmins Should Find SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor a Refreshing Alternative to Microsoft® SCOM. This article discussed five benefits they see to using SolarWinds versus System Center Operations Manager. In this article they referenced an article I had written for Windows IT…

Kicking the tires: Connecting App Controller with your Azure MSDN subscription (#Azure, #scappctrl, #SYSCTR)

As part of further learning how System Center 2012 works with Azure, I spent some time recently working with integrating App Controller with an Azure subscription. With App Controller, there are no downloads required to integrate with Azure (such as the management pack for Operations Manager or the integration pack for Orchestrator). This blog posts…

Kicking the tires: Monitoring SQL Azure with the monitoring pack for SQL Azure (CTP) in Operations Manager 2012 (#SYSCTR, #SCOM)

The quick answer here is that the current SQL Azure management pack (http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/applications/monitoring-pack-for-sql-azure-ctp-12884935376) is not available as a production version yet, and the CTP version does not support Operations Manager 2012. If you attempt to add this management pack in Operations Manager it will add correctly and show the following additional Management Pack Template: However,…

Kicking the tires: What performance counters does the OpsMgr Azure management pack monitor out of the box? (#SCOM, #Azure)

During a recent Operations Manager deployment, we spent some time working with the Azure management pack. We investigated the performance counters which are collected by the Operations Manager Azure management pack, the views to display performance counters from Azure and in this article we also include a link which has information on how to add…