30 July 2015 blogs 3 min read
Recently, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller released a whitepaper entitled “Is Operations Manager still relevant in the world of the Cloud” in conjunction with Savision. In addition to his whitepaper and webinars on the topic, he also wrote a blog post on Operations Manager.
In the latest blog post, “Building Dynamically Updating Business Services and Dashboards in Operations Manager,” Cameron Fuller exhibits how a simple application can be discovered by BlueStripe, merged with Operations Manager, and then integrated into Business Services and dashboards. The focal point of the post shows how you can use multiple technologies to automatically discover your applications. In succession, you can then turn these applications in Business Services that dashboards can visualize for you.
Fuller explains that Operations Manager includes pre-built distributed applications for Microsoft products. When loaded, the distributed applications will automatically recognize the suitable components. Sequentially, such applications can be integrated with Savision to provide and create progressive, updated dashboards. This means that you wouldn’t have to re-create wheel for pre-built management packs provided by Microsoft when creating dynamically updating business services. It is asked that you test the functionality of your system in Savision to see if it will fulfill your requirements. However, Fuller shows how you can by combining BlueStripe with Savision. Notes are provided to help install and configure BlueStripe, however, at the moment BlueStripe software is currently not available for download unless you are an existing customer.
This blog post gives notes on how to configure and install sample applications to give users a better understanding of standard applications and an example to follow when following a web-based application. In his next step, he explains that configuring Operations Manager to perform a synthetic transaction against a website provides two benefits: you’ll know it’s online and you are generating traffic to the website so that it will be active and it will be able to be discovered by BlueStripe. Another benefit you gain is you can see not only the IIS website but also that System Center Operations Manager is performing synthetic transactions against the website as well.
It is noted that BlueStripe is only currently available to download for existing customers, however, Fuller still goes through the steps of installing and configuring BlueStripe. He then follows by demonstrating how to configure BlueStripe to synchronize applications to Operations Manager and dynamically update them. He explains that you should then integrate these applications with Live Maps in order to create dashboards and Business Services around them. Lastly, the blog post explains and demonstrates how utilize the Dashboards by Savision product to showcase these Business Services, to provide users with full knowledge on how all applications can be integrated to provide updated business services.
If you would like to read the full blog post by Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller, click here.
About Cameron Fuller
Cameron Fuller is an author, speaker, Microsoft MVP and principal consultant for Catapult Systems, a globally focused Microsoft IT consulting firm that provides application development, enterprise solutions and infrastructure services. He’s a System Center Cloud and Datacenter MVP and co-author of System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleashed and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed (Sams).