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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Export results in Excel for Windows Server 2016 Assessment Example

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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NEW #Docker version 1.13.0 available for Download #Containers #ACS #DevOps

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  • Upgrades
  • New
    • Windows containers
    • Improved UI for Daemon.json editing
    • VHDX file containing images and non-host mounted volumes can be moved (using “advanced” tab in the UI)
    • Support for arm, aarch64, ppc64le architectures using qemu
    • TRIM support for disk (shrinks virtual disk)
    • VM’s time synchronization is forced after the host wakes from sleep mode
    • Docker Experimental mode can be toggled
  • Bug fixes and minor changes
    • Improved Proxy UI
    • Improvements to Logging and Diagnostics
    • About Box is now Copy/Paste enabled
    • Improvements in drive sharing code
    • Optimized boot process
    • Trend Micro Office Scan made the Api proxy think no drive was shared
    • Show a link to the virtualization documentation
    • Always remove the disk on factory reset (#5719)
    • VPNKit: Improved diagnostics (#6080, #6104)
    • VPNKit: Forwarded UDP datagrams should have correct source port numbers (#5926)
    • VPNKit: If one request fails, allow other concurrent requests to succeed. For example this allows IPv4 servers to work even if IPv6 is broken. (#5926)
    • VPNKit: Fix bug which could cause the connection tracking to underestimate the number of active connections (#5926)
    • VPNKit: add a local cache of DNS responses

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Get Started here with Microsoft log #Analytics for Hybrid Environment #MSOMS #Azure #HybridCloud #Sysctr

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Learn how to use Log Analytics in the Operations Management Suite to collect and analyze data generated by resources in your cloud and on-premises environments. Tutorials and other documentation show you how to get real-time insights across your workloads and servers regardless of physical location

Generate a PDF document about Log Analytics from Online documentation here

Proactive insights on workloads

  • Assess the risk and health of major workloads such as Active Directory and SQL.
  • View status of antimalware across your entire environment
  • Identify missing system updates across Windows and Linux servers
  • Detect potential configuration issues or deviations from identified best practices
  • Create alerts, alert rules, and notification timeframes

Rich data visualization

  • Analyze petabytes of data from the cloud with unlimited data retention
  • Chart and compare complex statistical functions
  • Use View Designer to create your own visualization of data queries
  • Send datasets to Power BI for enhanced visualization capabilities

Visibility across clouds and platforms

  • Connect to Linux and Windows virtual machines with one click
  • Ingest data from System Center, Zabbix, and Nagios
  • Collect any type of data through custom log collection
  • Securely send log data through proxy server and OMS Gateway

 

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Register for #Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 in Amsterdam March 23 – 24 #Azure #Cloud #Winserv

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Microsoft Tech Summit Amsterdam

Build your cloud and infrastructure skills with a two-day free technical training event March 23-24, 2017.

More information about the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 Amsterdam and Registration you can find here

Here you find more cities for Microsoft Tech Summit 2017  Event when you are not from the Netherlands.

Hope to meet you in Amsterdam 😉 #MVPbuzz

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#Docker containers running on #Windows10 for #DevOps #Azure

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Docker for Windows

An integrated, easy-to-deploy environment for building, assembling, and shipping applications from a Windows PC, Docker for Windows is a native Windows application with a native user interface and auto-update capability, deeply integrated with Windows native virtualization, Hyper-V, networking and file system, making it faster and more reliable than previous ways of getting Docker on a Windows PC

Before you install Docker for Windows 10 make sure you have the right Windows 10 version.
The current version of Docker for Windows runs on 64bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education (1511 November update, Build 10586 or later).
And have the Hyper-V feature of Windows 10 installed. Here you can download Docker for Windows 10

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Click on Install.

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Click Finish and Launch Docker

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The Docker VM

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Now you can work from Powershell with Docker Containers :

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There is also a graphical GUI called Kitematic with the Docker Hub connection for the Container marketplace.

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This will download Kitematic.

kitematicExtract the zip file and run Kitematic

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Kitematic with recommended Docker Containers to download 😉

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If you search for Azure you find a lot of Azure related Docker Containers.

It’s so easy to download a container from the Docker Hub and make it running on your Windows 10 Machine, here is an example of an Jenkins Container:

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Click Create.

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It’s downloading the Docker Container Image.

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Jenkins is already running in the Docker Container and is
asking some questions for the setup.

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Jenkins is setting up the environment.

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And now we have Jenkins in a Container running.

Here you can find more information about Jenkins

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And with Kitematic you can see the log of the Jenkins Container
Here you can start, restart or stop the Docker Containers.

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Here I did a Docker Inspect Jenkins to see settings of the Container.

Hope this blogpost is useful to play with Docker Containers on your Windows 10 device 😉

When you want to learn more about Microsoft Windows Containers you can start here :

Windows Containers Documentation

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When you want to learn more about Microsoft Azure Container Services you can start here :

Azure Container Service Documentation

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Lot of Success with running Containers !


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Get Started with Microsoft #MSOMS Network Performance (Preview)

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OMS Network Performance Monitor (Preview)

This blogpost describes how to set-up and use the Network Performance Monitor solution in OMS, which helps you monitor the performance of your networks-in near real-time-to detect and locate network performance bottlenecks. With the Network Performance Monitor solution, you can monitor the loss and latency between two networks, subnets or servers. Network Performance Monitor detects network issues like traffic blackholing, routing errors, and issues that conventional network monitoring methods are not able to detect. Network Performance Monitor generates alerts and notifies as and when a threshold is breached for a network link. These thresholds can be learned automatically by the system or you can configure them to use custom alert rules. Network Performance Monitor ensures timely detection of network performance issues and localizes the source of the problem to a particular network segment or device.+

You can detect network issues with the solution dashboard which displays summarized information about your network including recent network health events, unhealthy network links, and subnetwork links that are facing high packet loss and latency. You can drill-down into a network link to view the current health status of subnetwork links as well as node-to-node links. You can also view the historical trend of loss and latency at the network, subnetwork, and node-to-node level. You can detect transient network issues by viewing historical trend charts for packet loss and latency and locate network bottlenecks on a topology map. The interactive topology graph allows you to visualize the hop-by-hop network routes and determine the source of the problem. Like any other solutions, you can use Log Search for various analytics requirements to create custom reports based on the data collected by Network Performance Monitor.+

The solution uses synthetic transactions as a primary mechanism to detect network faults. So, you can use it without regard for a specific network device’s vendor or model. It works across on-premises, cloud (IaaS), and hybrid environments. The solution automatically discovers the network topology and various routes in your network.+

Typical network monitoring products focus on monitoring the network device (routers, switches etc.) health but do not provide insights into the actual quality of network connectivity between two points, which Network Performance Monitor does.

If you are new with Microsoft Operations Management Suite, you can download here a Free OMS Subscription Plan to try it your Self

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When you have added the Microsoft OMS Network Performance Monitor (Preview) to your Dashboard you have to install OMS agents and configure them in an easy way to start the Network Performance solution and getting results.

  1. Install OMS Agents.
  2. Configure OMS Agents
  3. Create your Networks.

1. Install OMS Agents :

In order to work with OMS, OMS agents are required to be installed on all servers of interest.

NPM requires agents to be installed on at least 2 servers to monitor the connectivity between them. We recommend that for every subnet that you want to monitor, select two or more servers and install the agent on them. If you are unsure about the topology of your network, simply install the agents on critical workloads for which you want to monitor the network performance.

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Here you can download your OMS Agent for your Server

If you are deploying using SCOM you should ignore step 1 and jump directly to step 2

Once the NPM solution is enabled on your OMS workspace the required management packs for NPM will automatically flow down to the machines that are connected to OMS via SCOM.

In case you want to connect SCOM with OMS but haven’t figured out how to do it yet, click on the link below.
oms-operations-manager-connectionHow to Connect SCOM to OMS

2. Configure OMS agents :

Firewall ports are required to be opened on the servers so that the agents can connect to each other.

Run the script without any parameters in a power shell window with administrative privileges. This script creates few registry keys required by NPM and creates windows firewall rules to allow agents to create TCP connections with each other

The port opened by default would be 8084. You have the option of using a custom port by providing the parameter ‘portNumber’ to the script. However, the same port should be used on all the machines where the script is executed.

Note that the script will configure only windows firewall locally. If you have a network firewall you should make sure that it is allowing traffic destined for the TCP port being used by NPM

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Run the Powershell script as Administrator on your Servers.

3. Create your Networks :

A ‘Network’ in NPM is a container for a bunch of subnets. The Default network is the container for all the subnets that are not contained in any user defined network. In the most likely case the subnets in your organization will be arranged in more than one network and you should create one or more network to logically group your subnets.

You can create network with any name that meets your business requirements and add the subnets to the network.

Once you have saved the configuration for the first time, the solution will start collecting network data. The process usually takes a while. Once the data has been uploaded you should be able to see the solution dashboard with data and graphs. At this point the setup is complete and you can start using the solution

The OMS Performance Monitor Solution needs time to get the information of your network.

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I have only one network in my lab environment

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OMS Network Performance Monitor (Preview)

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The issue here is that my switches are not IP V6 ready 😦

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After a view days analytics you can make your own custom view

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Here you can plot network performance issues between two Servers

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Everything is fine here 🙂

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When something is wrong you can go directly to the View Node Logs.

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OMS Log analytics results of your Server

When you have a large network with a lot of HOPS like switches and routers you can see where you have latency :

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The OMS NPM solution is still in preview but you can test it in your test environment to learn and get a better network by eliminating your network issues.
When you use the OMS Gateway on-premises you can connect your Servers to Operations Management Suite, here you
find my blogpost for the installation and configuration :

Hybrid IT Connect computers and devices to #MSOMS using the OMS Gateway

Hope this blogpost is useful for you to get your network in Control with Hybrid IT Management of OMS Services.

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Get Started with Microsoft #MSOMS Service Map to get in Control #HybridCloud #Winserv #Linux

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Microsoft OMS Service Map

Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It allows you to view your servers as you think of them – as interconnected systems that deliver critical services. Service Map shows connections between servers, processes, and ports across any TCP-connected architecture with no configuration required other than installation of an agent.

If you are new with Microsoft Operations Management Suite, you can download here a Free OMS Subscription Plan to try it your Self

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Start the Microsoft OMS Solution Market and select Service Map

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Click on ADD Solution.

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Click on the Service Map Tile.

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Download your dependency Agent here.

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Run as Administrator

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Click Finish.

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The Microsoft Dependency Agent is running together with the OMS Agent.

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Your first agent is running in Service Map

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I Added 3 Machines.

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Service Map of HyperV2016 Server.

hybridcloud01-connection-2 HybridCloud01 Server via the OMS Gateway

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If you load Server Map from 40.121.165.208

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Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Service Map Alert view looks like this :

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Click on this HybridCloud01 Server alert.

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Here you can see that I miss a Security Update on this Server.

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For this HybridCloud01 Server you can choose more OMS Service Map features to see what is going on with :

  • See a Summary of my Hybridcloud01 Server
  • The properties of my Hybridcloud01 Server
  • Alerts on my HybridCloud01 Server
  • Changes on my HybridCloud01 Server
  • Performance issues on my HybridCloud01 Server
  • Security on my HybridCloud01 Server
  • Updates on my HybridCloud Server

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OMS Service Map Schedule View settings.

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Here you see the OMS Gateway Performance via Service Map.

Here you find more Microsoft technical documentation about Service Map in OMS

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