Community Round-Up: June 2021

Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter. Read on to get up to speed on all of the latest SCOM, Azure Monitor and SquaredUp news!

SCOM

SCOMathon 2021 – a big thank you!
SCOMathon has come and gone, and once again, it was a smashing success!  Read this article for some highlights from the event and links to the session recordings.

SCOM Connection Center – a single source of truth for all your enterprise tools
Cookdown have announced the launch of their new SCOM Connection Center, which allows you to connect SCOM to anything with an API and send notifications in real-time to any location or device.

SCOM vs Azure Monitor
Senior Customer Engineer at Microsoft, Warren Kahn, presented a session at Silect’s MP University about SCOM vs. Azure Monitor.  Catch the replay to learn about the pros and cons of each tool, and how to leverage them both individually and together across different scenarios.

SCOM Alert Management Pack: An overview
In this series of blog posts, Hugh Scott from The Monitoring Guys, takes a look at the way SCOM handles alerts and notifications, covering alert ownership and assignment, alert storm mitigation, alert workflows, and more.

Manage your SCOM Alerts with Microsoft Teams
The new SCOM Connector from OpsLogix helps you to better manage system failures by using a bi-directional connection between Microsoft Teams and SCOM!

Azure

Samples for SquaredUp Custom templates or mustaches
Cameron Fuller has written this helpful blog post to showcase three different configurations to make the Logs (grid) view more intuitive in SquaredUp for Azure – bar chart for values, health state by text, and health state by value.

Azure Monitor Agent and Data Collection Rules now available
The new Azure Monitor Agent (AMA) and Data Collection Rules (DCR) – which improve on key areas of data collection including granular and flexible configuration, data filtration at source, improved extension management, and better performance overall – is now generally available.  

Use PowerShell to add a Log Analytics workspace to Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA)
This handy script by Luke Murray, Azure Solutions Architect Expert, will help get you started on automating adding a Log Analytics workspace to multiple MMAs.

How To Upload files to Azure Blob Storage using PowerShell and AzCopy
Thomas Maurer, Microsoft’s Senior Cloud Advocate, demonstrates how you can create a simple script to upload files to Azure Blob Storage using PowerShell and AzCopy, a command-line utility that you can use to copy blobs or files to or from a storage account.

Build, test and deploy Bicep through GitHub Actions
Barbara Forbes, Microsoft MVP for Azure, shares how to use Azure CLI tasks, Linter, and ARM-what-ifs to build, test and deploy your Bicep files to Azure, by using a GitHub workflow.

SquaredUp

Key differences: Dashboard Server vs. SquaredUp for SCOM/Azure
Our free tool Dashboard Server addresses the same pain points as SquaredUp for SCOM/Azure, but this time, for a variety of other platforms too!  Find out more here.

Dashboard Server: Working with the ServiceNow tile
Check out this blog post to see how to create a fully functional, comprehensive ServiceNow dashboard – in minutes!

Dashboard Server: Working with the Azure Tile
Learn how to connect to and query App Insights and Log Analytics workspaces using Kusto Query Language (KQL) and display your data in Dashboard Server.

Dashboard Server: Image and Web Content tiles
In the final instalment of the of the Dashboard Server Learning Path blog series, we take a look at the remaining two tiles – the Image tile and the Web Content tile.

Community Answers

Open Access – Post AlertID in URI
Test your knowledge of SquaredUp by helping Orjan figure out how to create an OpenAccess page for one specific Alert ID!

Multi-homing Linux Agents
Brush up on your Linux skills by contributing to a post about dual-homing the SCOM Linux agent.

Tomcat Monitoring via JEEAppServer.ps1
Are you interested in SCOM’s API functionality?  Do you think you have what it takes to help Luc Van den Berg with his question?  Click the link to join the conversation.

Alicia Dillon

Community Marketing Executive