Attached the link for the Hyper-V Storage & Virtual Disks presentation, hope you liked it.
In Addition to my very old post about logging your workflows with logging Runbook - Orchestrator Verbose Logging your Workflow, I’ve decided to develop an Activity which will do the logging functionality instead of build a Runbook…
This integration Pack Includes only one activity for logging. you can choose how to manage your logs, by size (for ex: every 5M start a new log file and rename the old one) or by date (every day has its own log).
You can manage the encoding, log’s prefix & suffix, size (only used in “Log Name By Size” option) and path…
Could be downloaded from CodePlex
It’s going to be a short tip… nothing new, just information I couldn’t find on the net while trying to explain some customer how to insert the data into excel so… hope it will be useful to you.
When using performance view.. you have the ability to export the perf data to clipboard (“Copy Data to Clipboard”) … quick paste of the copied data will look like this:
So… as you can see, this data is not so sortable or even readable, that’s my tip:
I’ve just uploaded the presentations files for out last User Group Meeting:
SQL 2012 AlwaysON : http://www.system-center.me/usg/AlwaysON%20AVG.pdf
Performance Monitoring : http://www.system-center.me/usg/Performance%20Premier.pdf
Have fun !
It’s not going to be a technical post.. just some “share moment” post from my experience
I had the honor to participate two conferences of Microsoft Techdays in Israel, the first one was about Orchestration with System Center Orchestrator – “The Orchestration Revolution” (4/3/13), me and my friend Tal Shaham (Microsoft IL) lectured about the new abilities that Orchestrator brings to the organization, I had a great demo which demonstrated a live working Runbook with my own developed Integration Packs (Robocopy & Dynamic Vars).
The second lecture (20/5/13) was about “Debug Production Application Issues using System Center Operations Manager“, me and my friend Yaniv Shmulevich (Senior PFE @Microsoft IL) lectured about DevOps, APM and TFS synchronization. every parameter of the configuration wizard of APM was explained (Performance monitoring, Methods & Namespaces Monitoring, Similar & Related Events, etc.). We had a demo with “homemade” application which demonstrated Server & Client side exceptions. We showed how to assign these alerts\exception to TFS and how we can see it within the AppDiagnostic, AppAdvisor, etc.
Link to the above lecture’s presentation – Debug Production Application Issues using System Center Operations Manager
More about the last event on Technet’s Blog
Well, it’s been a pleasure to take part and to serve the IT community of IL, this post was a short summarizing of the events.
Generally, I’m trying not to write about updates and news, just about things nobody else writing about, but in that case I think its very helpful that my readers will get noticed – a new Version of MPViewer is out, quoting from the original site:
[Updated on April 26th 2013 with MPViewer 2.2.2 that contains a fix for some rules in the IIS MP that were incorrectly being reported as not generating alerts, and another fix for the "unseal/unbundle" menu item that sometimes was not being enabled]
Well, not a deal breaker fixes, but still… Could be downloaded from here
Have fun !
The below solution is served to you as an overall idea. In the real-life solution I added more conditions and logic to the Runbooks, I hope you will find this idea useful for you.
Let’s imagine a scenario;
It’s Friday night, you dining in a nice restaurant… taking your first bite and then – you getting an email from your monitoring system (Operations Manager for an example).
Arrrr, it’s again this LUN that got full, now your production DB is down, you know what the procedure is for this incident; Login the Server, navigate to the mapped drive and delete the buffer file which acts as a placeholder for scenarios like this.
So… you pay for your meal and drive back home as fast as you can to deal with the situation – not a happy ending for a supposed to be nice evening!
So, we have a well-known situation, a monitoring system which tell us we have a problem and an email system that available for us from anywhere, what if we could just combine these components together to one fully automated solution ? We have well-known problem – a LUN that got full and SQL services that went down as a result and we have an alerting mail that was sent to our smartphone (Windows Phone, Android, IPhone, etc.).
By insert Orchestrator into this equation we could automate our recovery tasks for incidents like we talked about, automation is not enough, we need control too. I don’t know any admin that would want to delete files or expand LUNs automatically without any control or supervising – that’s where our smartphones comes in.
My solution includes the above systems:
With the following integration packs I have to build two Runbooks, first Runbook which monitors the Operations Manager Alerts (let’s call it Auto_Trigger_By_SCOM) and second which monitors our dedicated mailbox for new mails (let’s call it Auto_Trigger_By_Mail).
The scenario is simple: when an alert is generated about our full LUN, the Auto_Trigger_By_SCOM Runbook triggered and sends mail to you – the IT guy. The mail is sent by the user of our dedicated mailbox. All the needed information should be in that mail for you to understand what is all about. After you took a moment to think about that, replying that mail with some “Magic word” should trigger the Runbook which solving the problem by deleting the buffer file, how? By the Auto_Trigger_By_Mail Runbook that monitors our dedicated mailbox for new mails, it analyze the replied mail and execute (or not) the rest of the Runbook, this way, you can control your executions and recovery tasks without stop eating your great meal J