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Monitoring Microsoft Resources with System Center 2016 - Operations Manager (SCOM)

Author: Greg Shields

System Center Operations Manager, also known as SCOM or OpsMgr, is an enterprise monitoring tool that deeply instruments servers and services in the datacenter. SCOM 2016’s... Read more

Monitoring Microsoft Resources with System Center Operations Manager 2016 (SCOM)

Courses in this path start with setup and installation, continue through the monitoring of Windows Server 2016, and conclude with the extra steps in monitoring web applications and Azure resources.

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Introducing System Center 2016 - Operations Manager (SCOM)

by Greg Shields

Aug 16, 2017 / 56m

Intermediate • 56m

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Description

Every data center could use a little more monitoring. It's monitoring that alerts you before problems occur and systems go down. In this course, Introducing System Center 2016 - Operations Manager (SCOM), you'll learn the ins and outs of monitoring an on-premises and in-the-cloud data center using System Center Operations Manager 2016 with the courses in this learning path. First, you'll discover what exactly SCOM is, and develop a deeper understanding of the history of monitoring. Next, you'll explore the experience of a SCOM installation. Finally, you'll delve into how to monitor Windows Server 2016 resources. By the end of this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to extend that monitoring into the cloud and onto your web applications.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    10m 46s
  2. What Exactly Is SCOM?
    25m 56s
  3. Building Your Lab Environment
    19m 58s
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Installing and Configuring System Center 2016 - Operations Manager (SCOM)

by Greg Shields

Aug 16, 2017 / 4h

Intermediate • 4h

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SCOM is not a difficult installation in terms of the click-by-click. However, the thinking and planning that surround a SCOM installation are critically important if you're to successfully monitor your Windows Server environment. In this course, Installing and Configuring System Center 2016 - Operations Manager (SCOM) , you'll learn how to install and the initial configuration of SCOM 2016. First, you'll discover how to confirm SQL configuration and install prerequisites. Next, you'll explore how to install Management Server and Web Console. Then, you'll cover how to install Operation Console. Finally, you'll learn how to configure Management Group. By the end of this course, you'll have the startup configuration you'll need to begin monitoring.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 5s
  2. Introduction
    3m 50s
  3. Design a Distributed Management Group
    26m 19s
  4. Install and Configure Management Server
    30m 36s
  5. Discover Resources and Install Agents
    40m 45s
  6. Explore Monitoring with the Operations Console
    25m 59s
  7. Install Reporting Server and Manage Reporting
    24m 17s
  8. Install and Configure Audit Collection Services
    31m 50s
  9. Manage Users and User Roles
    35m 56s
  10. Configure Backups and Disaster Recovery
    19m 11s
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Monitoring Windows Server 2016 with System Center 2016 – Operations Manager (SCOM)

by Greg Shields

Sep 28, 2017 / 4h 26m

Intermediate • 4h 26m

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Getting SCOM operational is one thing; actually figuring out how to use it is quite another. A very different experience from any of the other System Center solutions, getting started with SCOM usually requires a few key lessons in how SCOM targets and monitors the objects in a datacenter. In this course, Monitoring Windows Server 2016 with System Center 2016 – Operations Manager (SCOM), you'll start with the same SCOM infrastructure that was built in the last "installing" course in this learning path, as well as the same example RDS infrastructure as your target for monitoring. First, you'll learn how to install a few of Microsoft's downloadable management packs, and then tune them using overrides to better match which behaviors you're looking for. Next, you'll discover how to create a few custom views and dashboards to visualize the data your SCOM agents are now gathering. Finally, you'll explore how to create some custom rules and monitors of your own, to gain insight into behaviors that aren't part of someone else's Management Pack. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to start building your own environment specific Distributed Applications for a single-glimpse view of the health of your services.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 15s
  2. Introduction
    5m 41s
  3. Locate and Import Management Packs
    24m 6s
  4. Tune Management Packs and Configure Overrides
    41m 6s
  5. Customize Views and Dashboards
    54m 48s
  6. Configure Service Level Tracking
    17m 26s
  7. Configure Alerts, Subscriptions, and Knowledge
    32m 51s
  8. Customize Rules and Monitors
    56m 32s
  9. Understand and Configure Distributed Applications
    31m 56s
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Monitoring Azure Resources and Web Applications with System Center Operations Manager 2016 (SCOM)

by Greg Shields

Oct 24, 2017 / 2h 44m

Intermediate • 2h 44m

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This course, Monitoring Azure Resources and Web Applications with System Center Operations Manager 2016 (SCOM), the final in the SCOM 2016 learning path, elevates your exploration on SCOM's monitoring behaviors by turning your attention first to web applications. In this course's first half, you'll explore Web Application Availability Monitoring and Transaction Monitoring. You'll also dig extraordinarily deep into your applications' internal workings by enabling SCOM's developer-focus APM - or Application Performance Monitoring - toolset. The second covers monitoring Azure. Using your on-premises SCOM instance, you'll integrate your local web application data with Azure's Application Analytics engine. You'll measure behaviors for Platform-as-a-Service Azure websites and keep tabs on Azure virtual machines and their accompanying resources like storage and networking. You'll wrap up with a quick look at SCOM's potential next-generation as you integrate SCOM with Azure Log Analytics, a part of Microsoft's cloud-based Operations Management Suite. By the end of this course, you'll be able to monitor web applications and Azure resources using SCOM 2016.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 12s
  2. Introduction
    8m 59s
  3. Configure Synthetic Transactions and Client Perspective
    28m 43s
  4. Configure Global Service Monitor
    18m 12s
  5. Enable APM and Monitor Web Applications
    28m 2s
  6. Integrate SCOM with Azure Application Insights
    17m 29s
  7. Monitor Azure Virtual Machines
    32m 54s
  8. Integrate SCOM 2016 with Azure Log Analytics
    27m 33s

What you will learn

  • Introduction to SCOM
  • Installing and Configuring SCOM
  • Monitoring Windows Server 2016 with SCOM
  • Monitoring Azure Resources and Web Application with SCOM

Pre-requisites

You should have experience in installing and managing Windows Server 2016, as well as the basics of creating and managing Microsoft Azure resources.