In the first part of this OMS series we talked about the concept of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and how the IT departments can use it in order to monitor their environment in a good manner without the complexity of implementation.
Also we discussed in the first part that the magic of OMS is that Microsoft always add a new base lines and solutions in their OMS without need of any administrative efforts, Microsoft also provide a free version of OMS to their customers with two limitations as we mentioned before, the first one is that the max. daily data transferred not more than 500 MB and the second one is the max. one week of data retention.
In this part we will show you some technical steps about how to sign up for the free version of OMS with the steps of installing the OMS agent.
so let’s start 🙂
Sign Up for free version of OMS:
first of all visit the OMS site following this link : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/operations-management-suite/overview.aspx
Then click in Try for Free button as below:
Then click on Get Started button as below:
Fill the required information and click on create Button as below:
Workspace name: Give any name as a display name for your workspace.
Workspace Region: choose the nearest region for your environment.
Now after click a create a confirmation email will be send to your email, open you email and click confirm Now as below:
Now, you can link your OMS account with your azure subscription if you have, if you don’t have click Not Now, in this example I have an azure subscription so I link it:
The OMS page will appear now, as you see nothing is configured.
Now before do anything you should configure what type of solutions you need to add to your OMS workspace, for example if you need to monitor Active directory you should add the AD assessment solution, if you need to monitor an SQL servers you should add SQL assessment solution from the solutions gallery.
before start adding the solutions from the solutions gallery, lets take a look for what solution is available until this time of writing this article since Microsoft is adding new solutions, let’s take a three examples of solutions offered by OMS:
AD Replication Status:
The Active Directory Replication Status IP analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest. This solution helps you troubleshoot AD Replication issues in your environment.
Operations Management Suite SQL Assessment Solution assesses the risk and health of your SQL Server environments on a regular interval. It provides a prioritized list of recommendations tailored to your deployments. These recommendations are categorized across six focus areas which allows you and your team to quickly understand the risk and health of your environments and easily take action to decrease risk and improve health.
The recommendations we make are based on the knowledge and experiences gained by our engineers across thousands of customer engagements. Every recommendation provides guidance on why the issue matters to you and how to implement the changes.
The Configuration Change Tracking Solution helps you easily identify software, and Windows Services changes that occur in your environment — identifying these configuration changes can help you pinpoint operational issues.
There is many solutions available now, you can see all of them in the OMS site by click in solutions gallery as shown below:
Remember that OMS will give you some steps to solve any issue found, it provide you sometimes with articles to help you to fix the issues, it’s very helpful tool for administrator.
Now, lets go back to add the solutions we need, click in Blue box to get started as below:
From solution tab, add the solutions you need, remember that you can add more solution any time from the main page, for this example we will add any solutions, choose the solution and click Add selected Solutions button as below:
The new solutions added successfully as below:
Now to install the agent in the servers, go to connected source tab, you will see three buttons, one installer for windows 64 bit servers, windows 32 bit servers and last one for Linux OS, download the agent you need, for this example we will install it in windows 64 bit OS, so I will download the agent for windows 64 bit, also you need to copy the Workspace ID and Primary key which will be used during the installation of the agent:
after you download the agent, double click on it to start the setup, in welcome screen click Next button:
Click I agree button:
Choose the installation path and click Next:
since we didn’t have an SCOM (we will talk about the integration between SCOM and OMS in the next article), choose Connect the agent to Microsoft Azure Operational Insights option and click Next:
Remember these Workspace ID and Primary Key:
Now in fill the workspace ID and primary key information, if you have a proxy click in advance and configure it to allow the server to communicate with OMS server in the cloud then click Next:
Ops, in My case it failed to connect to OMS server, I found that the date of the windows is incorrect.
After I adjust the date, the wizard continue, choose what you want here and click Next:
Finally. Click install and wait a moment to complete the installation:
After the installation finish, go to services you will find three new services appear as below:
if you go to control panel, you will see a new icon called Microsoft Monitoring Agent, double click on it:
You can edit any configuration if you need 🙂
After minutes, if you go back to the OMS portal you will see that you server appear in the connected sources as below:
it show that 1 new server Connected, if you click on it it should display the server info:
Also the added solution need some time to start collecting data, for example the AD assessment solution need around 4 hours to start display the health check.
Until some data collected, we will continue in the next part which will continue the technical aspects and more details about solutions gallery, so keep tuned 🙂
About blogger …
Ahmad Yasin in a Microsoft Cloud Engineer and the Owner & publisher of
AzureDummies blog. He also hold many certificates in office 365
and windows azure including Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
and MCSA office 365, Ahmad is currently working in Specialized Technical Services Company (STS).