31 October 2016 blogs 5min read
At Savision, we recently held a webinar entitled ‘OMS or OMG? Demystifying Operations Management Suite’. The webinar was hosted by Microsoft MVP Stanislav Zhelyazkov and Savision’s Product Strategist, Dan Merritts. Some of the webinar’s highlights were looking at OMS from a different angle, sharing some tips and tricks from the field, live demos, and more! During the webinar, we also talked about how Savision adds value to OMS.
We have compiled the top asked questions that were raised during the webinar. You can read them below:
1. Is there an API in which you can develop search queries outside of the OMS console?
There is no API for that. Basically you have to have some data in OMS in order to be able to query it, and that can certainly be a challenge sometimes. However, the search syntax is available in the documentation, and hopefully, more examples will be available soon in order to know how to create those queries based on those examples.
2. When starting to learn OMS, its query language and components, is prior knowledge with Azure or Operational Insights a valuable starting point for learning and becoming a professional in OMS?
Operational Insights is Azure OMS Log Analytics. It was just a name change. What you have learned in Operational Insights applies to OMS Log Analytics. Knowledge in any management tool/service including Azure is something that can help because OMS is a management service. Specifically to the search syntax if you have some experience of working with data and expressing that data can help a lot. Overall, you need to use the syntax regularly in order to advance it.
3. What are the recommendations on what application or service to start modeling in OMS as a first step for an organization as it deploys OMS?
Assuming that you are using for SCOM for that, if you have, for example a new service that is coming into your environment or if you need to resolve a certain problem, you can easily resolve it by getting data in OMS and analyzing that data. If it is a small application, it is better, because it allows you to create your solution faster and be able to improve it over time. Of course, there other ways to try and to find scenarios that cannot be resolved by SCOM that you can actually try to resolve with OMS. OMS also has some out of the box solutions that you can start to use right away with little or no effort at all.
4. What is the added value of Live Maps to OMS?
Live Maps bridges the gap between your SCOM and OMS environments to create a true service-oriented dashboard, no matter where the workload is managed.
There are two primary ways Live Maps customers are taking advantage of OMS’ capabilities:
First, OMS is largely focused on collecting and analyzing the myriad of log files from hybrid IT environments. OMS provides in-depth analysis and summary results that can add perspective to the monitoring data collected by SCOM and visualized in Live Maps. After creating service-oriented dashboards in Live Maps, administrators can add an OMS widget that provides real-time results – like top security log alerts — to any service map. This helps add important OMS search results directly into the dashboards IT operators rely on to identify and solve problems.
Second, OMS is also able to use Live Maps Service Alerts as triggers to perform a run-book automation or other OMS search. After a service is modeled in Live Maps, administrators are able to confidently initiate an automation that resolves or triggers subsequent investigations that can speed incident resolution.
Would you like to know more about Live Maps and OMS? Contact our team of experts and they will tell you more.