System Center 2016 TP 5 & Windows Server 2016 TP5 ready for download

Hi everybody,

another great news today. Microsoft made System Center 2016 TP5 and Windows Server 2016 TP5 available for download.

TP 5 is the last technical preview before the official release, which we think could be in Q3/Q4 2016.

To read more about what’s going on with technical preview 5, please click here.

Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Hi everybody,

my friend Stanislav Zhelyazkov and his peers Pete Zerger (@PZerger), Tao (@MrTaoYang), Anders (http://contoso.se) wrote an awesome book the last month. Within the book they give you some insides in Microsoft OMS.

Quote: https://cloudadministrator.wordpress.com

Description: This preview release of “Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite” is an end-to-end deep dive into the full range of Microsoft OMS features and functionality, complete with downloadable sample scripts (on Github). The chapter list in this edition is shown below:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Onboarding

  • Chapter 2: Searching and Presenting OMS Data

  • Chapter 3: Alert Management

  • Chapter 4: Configuration Assessment and Change Tracking

  • Chapter 5: Working with Performance Data

  • Chapter 6: Process Automation and Desired State Configuration

  • Chapter 7: Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Chapter 8: Security Configuration and Event Analysis

  • Chapter 9: Analyzing Network Data

  • Chapter 10: Accessing OMS Data Programmatically

  • Chapter 11: Custom MP Authoring

  • Chapter 12: Cross Platform Management and Automation

You can download it via Stanis blog.

How to get notified and react when a cluster NIC fails

Hi everybody,

today a short day to day helper regarding cluster networks.

Last weekend I had a question from my coworker, if it is possible to react on failed networkconnections within a cluster even if the cluster is still running.

As you know Hyper-V is running as long as the cluster heartbeat is available and the storage is reachable. Only if these connections fail, Hyper-V Cluster forces a node to failover his roles.

My answer, yes it is possible with some tricks. First thing you need to know is, that if a network connection in the cluster failes, we get an error event.

Event ID 1129 — Cluster Network Connectivity Partitioned https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd353962%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-214721739

This event is also noticed in the event viewer of your Hyper-V Host. Now you can attach a task to that event and for example run a script which forces a failover.

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The script to set the node in maintenance  mode and force a failover could look like:

You can achieve the same effect when you use System Center Operations Manager by configuring an Agent Task for your Hyper-V Host.

Find more info here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh563486.aspx

 

Edge Show 91 – Windows Azure Pack with Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2

System Center 2012 Management Pack for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Message Queuing 6.3 ready for Download

Source Microsoft:

Version:
Date Published:
7.1.10100.0 12/11/2013
File name:
File size:
SC Management Pack for MSMQ 2012 R2\Management Pack Guide for MSMQ for Windows Server 2012 R2.docx 114 KB
SC Management Pack for MSMQ 2012 R2\SC Management Pack for MSMQ.msi
Supported Operating System

Windows Server 2012 R2

    • This management pack is supported to run in System Center 2012 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 Operations Manager SP1, and System Center 2012 Operations Manager R2

 

To download the Management Pack please click here.