Month: August 2015

What is Operations Management Suite (OMS)?

By now, many are wondering what the heck is OMS? This past May, Microsoft introduced Operations Management Suite or more commonly known as OMS. OMS is a cloud based management solution, that allows you to collect and mine big data and perform solutions such as analytics, automation, capacity planning and much, much more! The solutions offered today offer a vast insight into your environments.
OMS uses a cloud-first approach that allows you to manage your data centre and/or environments with simple and meaningful dashboards. Regardless if your servers reside within Azure or AWS, or On-Premises, or are Windows Servers or Linux, OMS couldn’t care less, OMS can still manage your environment(s).


Building dashboards with previous System Center tools was never easy, definitely not that intuitive, and very cumbersome. Well, this is where OMS shines!


In a nut shell, if your server has access to the Internet (or has a SCOM environment) linking OMS to the environment is essentially a, “next, next, finish” approach.

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It seems OMS is adding solutions every other week, or at least tweaking the current solutions already implemented. This is very exciting, as Microsoft is continuously improving their product(s).

OMS as of today is able to offer some of the following solutions/scenarios:

  • Log Analytics
  • Automation
  • Capacity Planning
  • Security and Audit
  • Availability
  • Change Tracking
  • SQL Assessment
  • AD Assessment
  • Azure Site Backup & Recovery
  • Network Analytics
  • and, more!

Next post, I will show you how to get OMS and your environment chatting.

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Step-by-Step – SCOM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 7 (UR7) Install Procedure

My personal notes,  UR7 has a lot of security fixes, and it is highly recommended to upgrade your lab/Dev environments first before upgrading your Production environment(s). The step by step procedures below are the steps I took and in no way shape or form do I accept responsibility for any data loss, and/or issues within your environment. It is advised to always take a backup of your SQL databases and/or snapshots of your SCOM environment(s). Please take these notes as suggestions. Always refer to Microsoft’s KB (posted above) for full documentation steps.

Here are the key updates for UR7 (source Microsoft):

Issues that are fixed in this update rollup can be found here, https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3064919

Once you are ready to begin your upgrade, it is recommend you do the following server/roles in the order below:

  1. Install the update rollup package on the following server infrastructure:
  • Management server or servers
  • Gateway servers
  • Web console server role computers
  • Operations console role computers
  1. Apply SQL scripts.
  2. Manually import the management packs.
  3. Apply the agent update to manually installed agents, or push the installation from the Pending view in the Operations console.

Once you have downloaded the rollup files, I like to extract and only keep the language I need, in this case, ENU (English). You will need to install these with Administrative rights, I like to use PowerShell as Local Administrator. It really does frustrate me, as there is no indication that the rollup installed correctly, (other than looking at the file version number change via File Explorer).

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Once the rollups are installed, you will now need to apply the SQL scripts. First update the Data Warehouse, then followed by the OpsMgr DB.

The scripts can be found here, “C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Operations Manager\Server\SQL Script for Update Rollups\”

Please note, the user executing these scripts needs to have read and write permissions to the database(s).

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Once you have successfully executed the SQL scripts, you will now need to import the updated Management Packs. These MPs can be found here, “C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Operations Manager\Server\Management Packs for Update Rollups\”.

You will need to import the following MPs, please see below:

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Once the MPs have been imported, you should now go back to your Pending Management view, under the Administrations pane, and update all servers.

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And that is that! You are now on the latest System Center release for SCOM 2012 R2.

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