Monitoring Windows Services States is one of the most common requests that I’ve seen on forums, groups and blog posts. My fellow MVP and OMS expert Stefan Roth wrote a similar blog post titled OMS – Monitor Windows Services / Processes. I would suggest to check it out as well. The approach I will show is somehow already cover in official article that demonstrates custom fields in Log Analytics. The difference is that we now have the new rich Log Analytics search syntax so we do not need custom fields anymore. This approach also is different from Stefan’s as his one covers wider topic with monitoring processes by using performance counters. In this approach we will use windows events which Stefan mentions that is not reliable but he was referring to specific Event Id which I also agree it is not reliable. In the next steps I will use another Event Id that is reliable 100%. The advantage of using windows events for monitoring windows services states are:
- Only windows events are gathered which results in less data uploaded compared to performance data
You do not have to add performance counter for each process, you just need to add only one event log to monitor all services
The services are shown with their actual name that is used in services.msc or Get-Service cmdlet.
We have the actual state of the service when it happened
Some of the disadvantages of this method are:
- Until the service is started or stopped it will take at least 5 minutes until the data appears in Log Analytics
Continue reading “Monitoring Windows Services States with Log Analytics”
A good part of having a blog that sometimes you are being contacted to have a look at new solutions. Fro such new solution I was contacted by F5 and Comtrade. Comtrade is developing a Management Pack for SCOM that will monitor F5 BIG-IQ devices. Trough monitoring BIG-IQ the soloution provides also monitoring for BIG-IP. Continue reading “Sneak Peak at Comtrade Management Pack for F5 BIG-IQ”
Recently I was looking how to monitor Kemp LoadMaster devices with SCOM. I was able to discover them trough SCOM as Network Devices but that was the only thing and it was not enough. Fortunately fellow MVP Daniele Grandini decided to help me and develop Kemp LoadMaster Management Pack. He was the main driver for this MP to exists as he was the main developer and I’ve took the task of testing it and fixing some small bugs that we’ve encountered. This is initial version of the MP and contains some know issues some of them are due to kemp loadmaster others are internal for the MP. Consider this version somehow as beta as we have some plans to re-write the MP in the future if we can. You will find the MP here along with some documentation. You can log any feedback you have on the Codeplex page.
Cameron Fuller made small but nice management pack that will alert you when your Windows Server is not activated. Unfortunately this was in 2009 and now the MP does not work with latest version – Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Continue reading “Updated MP: Windows Licensing Check”
Release several hours ago a new Management Pack for SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services. There is also a version for SQL 2008 Analysis Services. But I will focus this blog post on the 2012 version. The SQL Server Management Pack provides some monitoring for SQL Analysis Services but does not goes too deep and now with this new MP you have that option. Let’s look on how to install it and import it: Continue reading “Quick Look at the New SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Management Pack”