Category: Community

#Go2ExpertsLiveIL (Implement an idea in less than a day)

Have you ever woken up in the morning with an idea that you thought would take a long time to implement? If you have, I hope I can convince you to try Microsoft Azure serverless products which will save you a lot of time.  Let me show you an example.

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The idea is a campaign called #Go2ExpertsLiveIL. Tweet it and you will automatically receive a reply with a link to a personal website invitation. To implement it, I used Microsoft Azure serverless products such as:

  • Logic Apps – An orchestration service. I use it for subscribing to twitter posts with the hashtag #Go2ExpertsLiveIL. These tweets are then passed on to the Azure Functions.
  • Azure Functions – A Compute service, I use it to parse, manipulate data, and tweet the reply message.
  • Azure Web Service – A web hosting service, I use it to host the personal invitation site.

Additional Azure serverless products are:

Using those tools and services, I saved a lot of time and unnecessary effort. The past projects just like this one could have taken at least several days or weeks. Now with Azure serverless products, it took me less than a day to complete.

If you want to hear more about it, come to Experts Live Israel 2018 Tel Aviv, on June 21st. It is a community conference with a focus on Microsoft cloud, data center, and workplace management.

Don’t worry, if you can not come to Experts Live Israel I will write and explain how I did it shortly after the conference.

Besides me, you could meet well-known experts such as Bob Cornelissen, Avihai Hajaj, Idan Yona, Yury Kissin and Yaniv Shmulevich

I hope you are already preparing for #Go2ExpertsLiveIL:-)

See you soon…

 

 

 

NEW Author Announcement – Sameer Mhaisekar ( A talented blogger, a SCOM expert, and ambitious guy)

This is an exciting period for AnalyticOps Insights.It is growing and it is becoming from personal blog to a community blog. Our new author Sameer Mhaisekar is a very talented blogger, a young ambitious SCOM expert and a community contributor. Let’s get know him a little better.

Who is Sameer?

Hello, I am a young addition to the SCOM community from India. I’ve been working with SCOM for the last couple of years and fell in love with it. After being blessed by the awesome community for a long time, a few months ago I started contributing my little share. I’m serving the community mainly in the Operations Manager forums. I aim to be a capable SCOM admin and MP author. Apart from SCOM, I also take a keen interest in Powershell, SCCM, Azure, and OMS (which I am still learning).When I’m not working I enjoy reading, blogging, traveling, sports, online gaming, etc.

I have read your Linkedin and Microsoft Tech profiles, and the first impression I got is that you are a very ambitious guy. In two years you have done so much. Your progress is very impressive. And therefore it makes sense to me that you have great ideas and goals that you want to achieve. So, first of all, am I right? If I am, what are they?
You are right, I am pretty ambitious and willing to work hard for it. I aim to be a capable IT professional all-around and to serve the community as much as I can. My goal is to be a person who can get your work done, whenever you ask me to.

What was the biggest challenge in your workplace that you accomplished?
The biggest challenge I faced (which I still face very often) is just coming up with the sheer vastness of IT. Having come from a non-IT background, this was pretty tough for me in the beginning. However, after a while, I got used to it, and now I actually love that there’s always more and new things to learn!
Do you think there is a future for SCOM?
Definitely. Apart from the fact that there is a vast majority of organizations who are highly dependent on SCOM environments, it is simply not possible or feasible to move everything to cloud and achieve the same level of competency. Not to mention SCOM is becoming better and better, just look at the latest version SCOM 1801!
Do you think the OMS will replace SCOM?
Not in near future, no it won’t. I believe SCOM and OMS both work the best hand-in-hand, and they compliment each other very well. I think the advantages on-premise software providers are not matched in cloud solutions (yet, at least). However, let’s not pretend that OMS will never replace SCOM in future, but for now, SCOM is here to stay.
And finally a traditional question, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Well, please don’t hate me for saying this, but I haven’t watched both and to be honest, I’m not a fan of it either.
For me though, the better question would be “Who’s better, Messi or Ronaldo?”

Thank you.

Chat with Sameer in SCOM Community chat room.

Or contact on LinkedIn for professional advice.

Or find him on Technet.

Sebastian Pabst (The father who can also teach you a lot about SCOM) [Interview]

Sebastian is an excellent example of a professional that always keeps his family first. Therefore, I think he is a unique member of our growing community; I believe that the best quote that describes him is:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Sebastian spends most of his time with his family. He is a husband and the father of a two-year-old son. He spends the rest of his time focusing on SCOM solutions. This includes creating customer-specific monitoring and automation requests.

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The first time I noticed Sebastian was when he retweeted my open source projects. I got really curious about his opinion on Open Source. And so I called up we chatted for a few minutes, and that’s it, I knew that this was the guy that was going to be featured on The March in. So, Let’s get know him a little better.

What do you think of Microsoft’s change in its approach to open source?

In my opinion, this change of mind was necessary and inescapable, as a fight against the open source community would merely have been hopeless. If you can’t defeat an enemy, make him your friend.

Do you use open source in your projects?

Not yet. But there are projects from open source operating systems. So it’s only a matter of time.

Do you use visual studio to develop monitoring packages?

At the moment I mainly work with Visual Studio 2017 Pro with the authoring extensions. Occasionally with Silect’s MP Author.

After work, house or beer with friends?

Home and after work beer in the garden with the family and neighbors.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

It’s a tough decision, but if I had to decide: Star Wars!

Thank you

“The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Tweet Sebastian on Twitter.

Awesome Things I Didn’t Know About my Colleague [Interview]

This week, I have the honor to introduce an exceptional community member. He has been my colleague for the past seven years. Please say hello to Moshe Ovadya.IMG-20180304-WA0001 

Moshe has had more than 10 years of experience as a SCOM expert. He has a massive impact on all successful projects we work together on, such as the most known of all, the OleDb query monitor. Moshe was the inspiration and the motivation behind it and helped me a lot to improve it so everyone could enjoy it. Let’s get to know him a little better:

Moshe after years of working as a monitoring expert do you think a SCOM is still relevant?

I believe so. I think we will look at a lot more community projects that will respond to the speed at which technology is changing. And therefore, I’m sure that a SCOM will stay relevant.

What do you love about monitoring?

I love the fact that always you need to improve and learn new technology, for instance, several years ago we used to write scripts in VBScript or JavaScript, and now we write scripts in a PowerShell and C#.

What do you work toward in your free time?

Actually, lately, I started to learn more seriously a motion designing this is something that I always wanted to do, and even I created a YouTube channel with all the videos I have done.

What is the funniest or stupidest thing that has happened to you recently?

In a previous job, I still do not know why but I agreed to bet that I could swallow cinnamon, I will not tell you how it ended, you should see it yourself  🙂

Which is better, StarWars or StarTrek?

StarTrek.

Thank you!

Chat with Moshe in SCOM Community chat room.

Or contact on LinkedIn for professional advice.

Or just tweet him on Twitter.

 

Why?

This is my first page of many to come. I hope this journey will be interesting, innovative, exciting and sometimes even disappointing.

Why?

If you are reading this blog, you are probably “lazy” because you don’t want to solve the problem yourself; you want someone to do it for you. Right? Are you are searching for a solution to your problem since you are sure that somebody else already solved a problem like yours? If you are, you are probably right.

Don’t get me wrong “lazy” is great. If people weren’t “lazy” you could not read this blog from your computer screen.

You are probably familiar with the situation when your problem is so unique, that one of the two will happen:  you won’t find a solution or, even worse, you will find a bad solution.

Therefore, you will decide to solve the problem by yourself. It may take time. Sometimes it can be frustrating. However, when you will finish writing your solution you will have a great feeling. You would share it with the community, but you would be too “lazy” to write about it and this way your great and cool solution would stay only with you.

Now after 10 years in the field I have decided to take a step and write a blog that will contain all my projects. This idea for writing a blog started after a frustrating investigation of the SCOM database. I needed to write a complex query, so, I searched the internet for it, but I couldn’t find it. Therefore, I investigated the SCOM database scheme and I wrote the query that I needed. Problem Solved!

I hope you will enjoy reading this blog.

It will be great to get your feedback.

The next chapter will be about a new MP that I have written lately SCOM Administration Add-Ons.

It is a management pack for SCOM administration. It includes some solutions for frustrating problems.