TOP 10 – Have you Considered

… Why you would want to use OMS, and how you might consider leveraging it once it’s installed.

1 Have you considered creating groups for each one of your applications in OMS to make it easier to search for performance; event; log and alert data per application instead of a list of servers? You can build some automation using Azure automation to create groups based on applications listed in your CMDB.
2 Have you considered creating dashboards in OMS for your key applications?
3 Have you considered automating the creation of a standard set of search queries per application in order to expedite analytics within OMS and make it easier for teams to search OMS?
4 Have you considered building a large number of ServiceMap groups for each application within your organization so that you can easily visualize how application infrastructure is connected and communicating?
5 Have you considered sending your firewall logs into OMS in order to be able to search the logs and detect potential breach attempts?
6 Have you considered sending your Syslog from Unix servers into OMS? Only Syslog from Linux servers is supported by the Agent but you can forward Syslog from a Unix server to another server running the OMS agent for Linux and it will forward the data up to OMS.
7 Have you considered using Azure automation to automate SCCM package building?
8 Have you considered using Azure automation to automate an integration between SCCM package deployment and the IT change control system?
9 Have you considered using Azure automation to integrate other applications within the data center?
10 Have you considered using Azure automation to build a standard set of diagnostics for a server that you can run to quickly identify network communication and health issues? This could also be handled via your monitoring system but you might like the idea of automating a diagnostic for a set of servers.

 

 

Want to know more? Watch Infront’s Principal Consultant – Trey Morgan’s Demo on “How to Visualize your Data using Azure Operations Management Suite (OMS)”

During this session, you will learn how to create a custom application infrastructure health dashboard using View Designer and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).  OMS View Designer is a visualization tool built with the IT Pro in mind and no prior coding or development experience is required to create useful health indicators for your organization’s infrastructure. Using interactive graphs, tables and machine data collected by OMS, we will create a view of key server performance metrics, critical alerts, error conditions found in the logs and recent software changes for a distributed application.

How to Visualize your Data using Azure Operations Management Suite (OMS)

 

 


What is OMS?

Operations Management Suite (also known as OMS) is a collection of management services that were designed for the cloud from the start. Rather than deploying and managing on-premises resources, OMS components are entirely hosted in Azure. Configuration is minimal, and you can be up and running literally in a matter of minutes.

 

Benefits and Features:

 

Minimal cost and complexity of deployment

Because all of the components and data for OMS are stored in Azure, you can be up and running in a short time without the complexity and investment in on-premises components.

 

Scale to cloud levels

You don’t have to worry about paying for compute resources that you don’t need or about running out of storage space since the cloud allows you to pay only for what you actually use and will readily scale to any load you require. You can start by managing a few resources to get started and then scale up to your entire environment.

 

Take advantage of the latest features

Features in OMS services are continuously being added and updated. You constantly have access to the latest features without any requirement to deploy updates.

 

Integrated services

While each of the OMS services provides significant value on their own, they can work together to solve complex management scenarios. For example, a runbook in Azure Automation might drive a failover process with Azure Site Recovery and then log information to Log Analytics to generate an alert.

 

Global knowledge

Management solutions in OMS continuously have access to the latest information. The Security and Audit solution, for example, can perform a threat analysis using the latest threats being detected around the world.

 

Access from anywhere

Access your management environment from anywhere you have a browser. Install the OMS app on your smartphone for ready access to your monitoring data.

 

Is it just for the cloud?

Just because OMS services run in the cloud doesn’t mean that they can’t effectively manage your on-premises environment. Put an agent on any Windows or Linux computer in your data center, and it will send data to Log Analytics where it can be analyzed along with all other data collected from cloud or on-premises services. Use Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery to leverage the cloud for backup and high availability for on-premises resources.

Runbooks in the cloud can’t typically access your on-premises resources, but you can install an agent on one or more computers too that will host runbooks in your data center. When you start a runbook, you simply specify whether you want it to run in the cloud or on a local worker.

 

Hybrid management with System Center

If you have an existing installation of System Center, you can integrate these components with OMS services to provide a hybrid solution for both your on-premises and cloud environments leveraging the relative specialties of each product. Connect your existing Operations Manager management group to Log Analytics to analyze managed agents in the cloud. Use your existing backup process with Data Protection Manager to backup your data to the cloud.

 

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