Microsoft OMS Posts

The Recording for My WMUG NL Webinar on OMS Alerting is Available Online

Earlier this week, I have presented for a webinar hosted by WMUG NL (Windows Management User Group Netherlands). The topic is Introduction to OMS Alerting. The recording and the slide deck is now available online. You can find them here: I’d like to thank everyone who has attended the webinar, and also big thanks […]

Capacity Planning – OMS Vs. OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP

When it comes to data center / fabric capacity planning, currently there are 2 major solutions within Microsoft’s System Center and OMS space. These solutions are: OMS Capacity Planning Solution ( OpsLogix Capacity Reporting Management Pack for OpsMgr ( In this post, I will discuss the differences and similarities between these 2 solutions. Please read […]

Fun with OMS and Windows Media Center

After completing a series on how to create a custom management pack to monitor Windows Media Center (available here) I realized how simple it would be to create similar functionality in Microsoft OMS. OMS provides a great solution for this type of alerting as you can monitor your Windows Media Center without having to implement […]

New solutions shown as Coming Soon for OMS and Preview Features

One of the best ways to know what is on the roadmap for Microsoft OMS is to log in and check out the Solutions Gallery (shown below). This blog post contains information which is publicly available if you access the Solutions Gallery from the Microsoft OMS site ( with your account. During a recent view […]

SCUniverse returns to Dallas TX and the world on January 19th 2016!

I am pleased to be able to announce the return of System Center Universe in America on January 19th 2016 for our 5th year! The first round of speaker information for SCU was recently released and is available at: (The list includes Symon Perriman, Johan Arwidmark, Kent Agerlund, Dieter Wijckmans, Pete Zerger, Wally Mead […]

OMS Alerting Walkthrough

Introduction Earlier today, the OMS product team has announced the OMS Alerting feature has entered Public Preview. This is indeed an exciting news and it is another good example that Microsoft is working very hard to close the gaps between OMS and the existing On-Prem monitoring solution – System Center Operations Manager. Alex Frankel from […]

Changing how OMS gathers performance information from systems in Operations Manager

Recently Microsoft added the ability to gather near real time performance information through OMS (for details look here). Tao dissected how this worked on this blog post here including which management pack is used (Microsoft.IntelligencePack.LogManagement.Collection), the rules which exist in the MP that gather data (shown below from my environment), and the underlying XML which […]

Azure Automation Runbook: New-FakeVirus

Often when you are playing with security related products, you would need to create dummy/fake viruses on your computers. The most common way to do this is to create a EICAR test file ( I have used this method in the past when testing the Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection management pack in OpsMgr. Today I […]