Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite is a new cloud and IT management solution for the enterprises. This course will introduce you to OMS and teach you the essential lessons that you need to get started with it in the real world.
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(79)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 8, 2016
Duration
2h 46m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction
Deploying OMS
Understanding Collected Data in OMS
Performing Log Search
Configuring Alerts in OMS
Enhancing Your OMS Infrastructure
Description
Course info
Rating
(79)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 8, 2016
Duration
2h 46m
Description

In today's modern world where your infrastructure spans across multiple clouds and on-premises data-centers, there is a shortage of tools that can help you seamlessly manage your mixed hybrid environments from one single place. OMS is an all-in-one cloud and IT management solution for the enterprise which aims to solve that problem. In this course, Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite, you'll get a better understanding of what OMS is, and exactly what it does. First, you’ll explore the product architecture and how to create a workspace, activate solutions, enable performance and log data collection. Next, you'll learn how to understand and analyze the data collected from data sources. Finally, you'll discover how to write log search queries, configure alerts, and design your own custom views using the View Designer. By the end of this course, you’ll have a very clear understanding of this product, and realize the benefits of how it can help you centralize the management of your hybrid environments – thereby making your management experience highly efficient.

About the author
About the author

Kunal D Mehta is a Microsoft and VMware certified IT Pro specializing in Core Infrastructure solutions, Virtualization, and Cloud. When he's not configuring clusters or provisioning VMs, he prefers hanging out with friends, watching movies, and going on long drives or pranking people. Kunal loves surprises and hates "Access Denied" messages.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Kunal D. Mehta. I am an independent IT consultant who specializes in Microsoft infrastructure technologies. I gladly welcome you to watch this course on Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite. This course has been primarily designed for the IT ops audience. This product helps administrators manage their hybrid IT environments more efficiently by giving them a greater visibility into their operational infrastructure. This tool aims to fill the current gap of not having a single point of management for your hybrid, multi-cloud and on premises environments. OMS makes this possible by giving you ready-made solutions that are predefined and preconfigured to target your systems and collect operational data from them. The most important data out of that is visualized and the other part of it can be searched by writing search queries in a highly scalable log search engine. You can also configure a lurch to notify you or take an automated action based on a trigger, just in case an unwanted event occurs. What I love about this product is that it's extremely granular and highly customizable, so that you can configure it to show you exactly what you want to see first. This course will introduce you to makeshift OMS, teach you how to collect and analyze data from your servers, then write log search queries to be able to search for that data, configure alerts to take an automated action in case something unexpected happens and steps that you can take to enhance your OMS account. By the end of this course, you'll have a very clear understanding of what OMS is, what it's for and how to get started as an OMS administrator. I would suggest if you want to follow the demos and do them on your own, keep an Azure subscription and at least one Windows server box ready. I look forward to having you join me for the rest of the course.

Introduction
Welcome to this course on Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite. If you've been hearing about this new product over the internet or from your colleagues at work, but aren't exactly sure what it is or what it does don't worry. You have come to the right place. Operations Management Suite or, in short, OMS is a Microsoft product running on top of Azure which aims to enhance your IT administration experience by giving you richer visibility into your infrastructure and applications running across clouds and on-premises environment. To put it in simple words, what basically happens is that OMS goes and talks to different servers and applications in your environment, collects information about how they're doing, consolidates this information in the form of nice colorful graphics and searchable records, and presents it to you in one single, convenient place, and it doesn't matter where your servers or applications are running, Azure, AWS, on-premises or which operating system they're running on. Windows, Linux, it just works. That is the beauty of OMS. If you're wondering how this happens, well, to understand that you will have to watch what I have in store for you. By the end of this course you will have a very clear understanding of what OMS is and it's fundamentals, but before we jump in let me introduce myself. My name is Kunal D Mehta. I'm an IT consultant, author, speaker, and the lucky person who gets to talk to you about OMS today. Let's begin with our first module, Introduction.

Deploying OMS
Welcome to the second module, Deploying OMS. So in the last module we saw a demo of how an OMS workspace looks like, but as you know, that wasn't our account. We just got a read only access through the OMS Experience Center with no administrative control whatsoever. That was okay for one demo, but we won't be able to learn a lot that way, so here in this module why not set up our very own OMS account? And in the process of doing that we'll also learn the basic things like the product architecture, perform the initial set of tasks, and get to know some fun facts along the way. Sounds good? Awesome. So without wasting any time let's begin. Here is the agenda for this module. First, I'll give you an overview of how the OMS licensing works. Then, we'll learn about what a workspace exactly is, and then create one. Next, I'm going to talk about the OMS architecture, specifically the Insight and Analytics part of it. Then we'll understand what solutions are, and activate a few relevant ones from the solutions gallery. After that I'll explain how to onboard a new server to OMS and show you a demo of it. Next, we'll talk about managing users, things like adding users to our workspace and delegating permissions to them. And finally, as usual, we'll conclude the module with a summary.

Understanding Collected Data in OMS
Welcome to the third module, Understanding Collected Data in OMS. So in the last module we activated five solutions for data collection, and set up five indoor server VMs to serve as data sources. Agents are installed on them, and the data collection process was kicked off. Now what good is all that collected data if you don't analyze it or you don't really understand what it means, right? So here in this module we will learn exactly what sort of data can be collected in OMS. We'll try to make sense of the data our solutions have collected so far, and I'll show you how you can dig into the details by querying the data repository. So let's jump in. Here is the agenda for this module. First, I'll explain the reasons whereas to why did I activate the agent health solution. Then we'll see exactly what are the areas of data that OMS collects from its data sources. Next, we'll analyze the data our solutions have collected so far. Then I'll explain how you can enable the collection of Windows Event Logs Data, and Windows Performance Counters data. And finally, as usual, we will have the summary.

Performing Log Search
Welcome to the fourth module, Performing Log Search. I would say this is one of the most important modules in this course. Clicking on the tile in the Overview page, and analyzing the data in the Details page is easy, but the true power of OMS lies in Log Search. Having the skills to efficiently search through thousands, if not more, records will be a great asset if you'll be working anywhere near OMS. In fact, if you're planning to become an OMS admin, and if you ignored Log Search it's as good as throwing everything away that you've learned so far in this course, so let's not do that, and let's learn how to perform Log Search to be able to quickly narrow down to the results that really matter to us. The format of this module is going to be a little different. In every clip I'll explain you the query first, and then we'll go into Log Search and execute it. Mainly because it'll be easy for you to see the query front-wise first, and without any other distractions, so let's move on. Here is the agenda for this module. First, I label the Log Search page, and show you where to look for what. Then, we'll start by writing a simple search query, kind of like Hello World in OMS. Next, I'll show you how to use logical operators, explain the syntax of a generic query, then teach you some basic filters and commands, show you how to export the results of a log search to an Excel file, then we'll talk about how to save a query within OMS, and how to pin a query to My Dashboard, and then as usual, the summary will follow.

Configuring Alerts in OMS
You are now entering the fifth module, Configuring Alerts in OMS. It is pretty evident that I really like how dynamic, colorful, and graphical the OMS workspace is. But as fancy as it sounds, am I going to be staring into it the entire day waiting for an issue to pop-up? Probably not because I have other things to do as well, and so do you. That is the fundamental reason why alerts exist. If you've worked with SCOM you would know what an alert is. If you've not, no problem. Alert is a mechanism to raise a flag and notify you when something critical goes wrong. Imagine the fire alarm in your house. If it detects smoke it goes all rings and bells to wake you up in an attempt to make sure the fire is put out in time, and hopefully without burning the house down. An alert is the IT equivalent of a fire alarm. Maybe a little less intense. I think I painted a way too dramatic picture there. Anyway, so in this module you will learn how to configure these alerts, manage them, and configure an automated action plan if an alert is raised. Here is the agenda for this module. First, we will understand how alerts work in OMS, and understand its properties. Then I will explain why you would want to attach a Runbook or a Webhook to an alert. Next, we will talk about a few sources, which have the ability to raise an alert in OMS. Then a little discussion about the Alert Management solution, and finally, no prizes for guessing, the summary.

Enhancing Your OMS Infrastructure
Welcome to the last and final module of this course, Enhancing Your OMS Infrastructure. In this module we'll look at some of the ways in which you can make your OMS experience better. The intention here is to make you realize the true potential of OMS, and how it can change the way you approach hybrid IT. So let's begin our final module together. Here is the agenda for this module. First, I want to talk a little bit about the Microsoft OMS mobile app, and how it helps you work with OMS on the go. Then I'll give you a little overview of a neat little feature called View Designer, which allows you to design your own custom tiles and views that you can pin to your Overview page. Next, OMS on steroids. Here I have a list of things that you can do to extend your OMS functionality. Then the summary of the module. After that we'll follow the course summary, and finally, closing remarks.