Author: Maarten Goet

How often does OMS run the AD Assessment and what is Microsoft Sirona?

One of the great features of Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite (OMS) are the assessments that are provided out-of-the-box. Currently OMS has both a SQL assessment as well as an AD assessment. In the solution gallery you’ll find them, and by clicking Add they’ll be added to your OMS workspace: After you’ve added the AD assessment solution, it shows up as a tile on your OMS workspace home screen: Clicking on that tile, gives you an overview of your Active Directory health, and the associated domain controllers. In my demo environment, I only have one domain controller: You can already see that OMS assessed my domain controller and found a couple of items it suggest that we fix. Some are critical, some are warning or informational. When clicking on those suggestions, you get more details about the context, the required fix, and how to fix it: This saves a tremendous amount of time, because everything is right there along with the solution. And with the OMS free edition allowing 500 Mb of incoming data every day, you can easily set this up for your whole AD environment, for free 🙂 My fellow MVP Sander Berkouwer already wrote about the AD replication tool moving to OMS and if you want to know more about OMS’ AD assessment capabilities, you can read Ed Wilson’s article. One of the questions my customers ask me...

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Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) updates on your Microsoft Band

The Microsoft Band 2 is the follow-up wearable to 2014’s Microsoft Band, announced on October 6, 2015. Like its predecessor, the Band 2 focuses on health, fitness and acts as phone companion for Windows Phones, iOS, and Android. Apart from the health and fitness focus, Band also provides a platform for smart notifications. Out of the box various tiles are provided, but you can create your own tiles as well. Microsoft Band web tiles allows developers to deliver information to Microsoft Band from virtually any data source on the web, in just a few easy steps. In this example we’ll be showing how you can receive OMS blog updates on your Band. First step, launch your browser and go to https://developer.microsoftband.com/WebTile. Hit the “Get Started” button and Accept the terms & conditions. Choose the Feed Tile, then hit Next: Provide http://www.operationsmanagementsuite.org/feed as the feed URL and hit Next: Next, you can drag and drop dynamic data from your data tree to a space on your new tile. In order to input static information, type in a field. Drag and drop dynamic data from your data tree on the right to a space on your new tile (title & body). In this particular case I’ve added some static text (“New OMS blog by “) and then dragged the ‘creator’ field to the title so it dynamically will show the blog...

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Is Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite the new System Center?

I suspect many of the people that will be reading this article, already use Microsoft System Center. System Center was launched nine years ago, during the Microsoft Management Summit 2007 in Las Vegas, when Microsoft was evangelizing the “Dynamic Datacenter” in an era where the iPhone still had to be launched. There was no such thing as cloud computing or mobile first. We had a desktop computer with a 4:3 screen size, a phone where you could just call people on, and virtualization was booming: server sprawl was on top of our mind to manage. Times have changed. We’re now, as Satya Nadella puts it, in a Mobile First Cloud First world. We’re talking about microservices and containers, cloud computing is all around us and we have many devices we use daily for both work and leisure. This calls for a new approach in management; a way to embrace all of these capabilities that power people, while still maintaining the level of control needed for compliancy etc. This is where Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite (OMS) lives. So, is OMS the new System Center? Not really. System Center was and is very successful in managing infrastructures and applications, and was forward-thinking in how to do that with distributed app models, self-service portals etc. In that sense, OMS is about the same: successfully managing your cloud infra and apps in a...

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