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Microsoft Dynamics is a line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software applications. Dynamics can be used with other Microsoft solutions, such as SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365, Azure and Outlook. Dynamics ERP comprises a group of enterprise-resource-planning products includes Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta), a multi-language, multi-currency enterprise software with business management features for financial, human resources, and operations management; Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains Software); Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) for financials, supply chain, and people; Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon IV)for project-driven organizations; Dynamics C5 (formerly Concorde C5) for manufacturing, supply chains, analytics and electronic commerce; and Dynamics CRM.

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Hi Everyone

I posted previously on how I used Orchestrator to integrate with VMware and SCSM to create or request a new VM in VMware.

Now in my Self Service Portal I had a list user input option that would require me to update the list of resource pools manually when new ones were added or old ones were removed, now this wasn't the best way for me and it also didn't give the requestors a view of the resource pool path which was a requirement.

So I looked everywhere to see if there might be a option to get this data into Service Manager automatically via a connector of some sorts that might be out there already but couldn't find anything. I then remembered the option of maybe using the CSV connector and I thought I would give it a try.

So my configuration went like this:

Firstly I got a list of resource pools and their paths and created a .csv file from it which looked like this:

Resource Pool CSVYou will see I used a number, then the Resource Pool name, then the Resource Pool path in the .csv file, where the number I would be using as my key property in the Service Manager Authoring Tool when I created my custom management pack and custom configuration Item.

The following is a view from my custom management pack

Custom Management Pack
I then created a .xml file with the needed configuration item headings as below

<CSVImportFormat>
   <Class Type="CustomCreatedClassName">
	  <Property ID="ResourcePool_ID"/>   
      <Property 

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Hi Everyone

Now IIS AppPool issues is something we have always had because of the amazing custom development and in-house applications we have :)

The issues we had were getting out of control and it was time to do something about it, just for my sanity.

The problem was that we had our worker processes running high CPU and there were a lot of them and the support teams needed a way to see which worker processes belonged to which application pool as well as have some way of recycling these automatically at the same time sending out a mail notification about which application pool was recycled and when.

So I created a custom SCOM management pack to collect the worker process CPU usage as well as which W3WP.exe ID was tied to which AppPool and then plot this in a performance view as well as create a consecutive samples monitor to alert when these worker processes were over 85% for 2 samples or more.

Below is a screen shot of one of the alerts:
Worker Process AlertWhat I also did, was create a "recovery" script to fire off a Orchestrator Runbook so that I could automatically recycle that specific application pool for them and then send them a mail with all the same details.

Below is the actual Runbook
Recycle AppPool
Simple !

The Runbook "Initialize Data" accepts the 2 parameters "Server" and "AppPoolName" this is then passed to the "Recycle App Pools" activity which runs the PowerShell script that will recycle that specific application pool.


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Wow it feels like forever since I have been able to sit down and write an article, I have been away and new exciting projects keeping me busy, but here I am writing another hopefully informative article.

I have written about Orchestrator 2012 integration and my experiences in a previous post so I will try not bore you with the same details on how awesome Orchestrator is :) the product does this all on its own :)

I have been designing and implementing a lot of integration with SCOM, SCSM, SCCM, SCVMM and VMWare, often with a lot of the above all in one Runbook and it has been an informative experience for me.

Now enough of the talking, let's get to the juicy bits :)

SCOM


Now there are many ways you can integrate with SCOM, from monitoring alerts, to creating alerts, monitoring state, installing agents, checking agent health and reacting/repairing unhealthy agents.

I use a few of these to aid the Server Guys and BackOffice team keep their alerting and monitoring healthy and I will give you a few examples.

This first Runbook simply gets the health of the SCOM environment on a daily basis and creates a HTML web page, this HTML report is then mailed out which the guys can use to have a quick accurate view of what's going on and the react accordingly.

I created the below simple Runbook to run daily

SCOM Health
The below would be the output which is mailed out as an attachment

HTML file sent outThe original script and idea was taken from the following post :
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by:canwaytech
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Hi Leon,

Can you provide the Runbook examples for study?
Thank you.

Thomas Wen
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by:Leon Taljaard
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Hi Thomas

Send me your email address and i will mail you the exports, the VMware one we are not using anymore as our guys are creating the VM's manually because of company process requirement, but it should get you started.

Hope it helps, let me know if you need help.

Thanks

Leon
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I have been working with Orchestrator 2012 for a few months now and I must say it has surprised me at every turn, with its functionality and integration capabilities it has really shown me how the System Center Suite of products really all fit together as well as the option of 3rd party integration makes this product something really worth while having in any organization, especially ours.

The first thoughts on automation in my organization was that of taking away functions that people would normally do on a daily basis and the thoughts of "this is going to take away what I do daily and replace me" but in actual this is something that would work hand in hand with your daily tasks making you more efficient in what you do, leaving you to work on the important things.

Now the fun part is asking yourself, "What can I automate" ?

There is a lot of info out there on Orchestrator best practice but the most important to answering the question above would be to have a session with your departments and people on the ground as we did and look at your current daily tasks, scripts and manual processes and write them down, create a project or Visio diagram on each system and go through the process.

This is our rough list based on our systems and System Center deployment of SCCM, SCOM as well as HPSM and in house products.

SCCM WUA Server Checks
SCCM Client checks
SCCM Application Approval Requests
SCCM Task Sequence
SCOM integration and alert recovery
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by:Leon Taljaard
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Hi Bundu,

I have exported my lab environment with the Runbooks, give me your mail address and i will mail it to you if you like. I have also added some comments to your flow image. just note you need to create a web page or site where this can be presented when they click the link that is provided in the mail they are sent about the request.

Let me know if this is something your looking for?

Regards

Leon
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Thanks a ton! My email address is bindushree2211@gmail.com
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Here is the example of setting up enterprise library configuration in asp.net.

One of the great enhancements that comes with the Enterprise Library is the Enterprise Library Configuration Console. This can be found on your Start menu under Program Files > Microsoft patterns & practices > Enterprise Library. With the console, you can use a fairly user friendly GUI to edit the various configuration files.

Here I am trying to make you understand this feature, by keeping one thing in my mind that “An Image can express thousands words”.

First of all, I download the Enterprise Library and Installed on my computer.

Now open “Enterprise Library Configuration Console” and open Web.Config using its File menu. And this will show your settings here, whatever you have written in you config file.

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Now under “Data Access Application Block”, you will find that its must be showing you the connection string you defined in Web.Config file, if you have not created any connection string yet, then you can add this here too.

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This is my database, where I have place 3 default tables for handling errors.

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And these are stored procedures that are used for the entering data into tables.


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So my connection string will look like something like this.

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Now here, I add “Exception Handling Application Block”, you may find other lots of other stuff, but we are just concentrating on catching up errors in our database here.

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I have encountered the following problem while installing and configuring a Microsoft Search Server (actually it was a MSSO Express 2008, but I think it is applicable to other versions as well). Since I did not find an answer and I found an original one, I'm writing an article about it.

The problem
Suppose that you install your MSSE in order to index the content of all the servers in your company, and then you want to serve each department with the relevant dcoument searchs. It is straightforward to define several content sources, a search scope for every source, and a search site for each of the departments of your company, configured to search only the scopes that are relevant to that department. You may define scopes so that if a user uses the simple search has a nice dropdown list with only the scopes that are relevant for his department, and if she accesses the search site for department A search site, its "advanced search" scope picker lists only the scopes that are relevant to department A. You shoudl configure security that only users in department A can access http://yourserver/sites/searchA, and only users in department B can access http://yourserver/sites/searchB.  Good. Then try to perform an advanced search selecting NONE of the scopes. you can expect an error message saying tha tyou should select at least a scope, or you should expect a search in all the scopes for department A, but Microsoft extends the search over ALL the scopes that are configured …
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Microsoft Enterprise

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software applications. Dynamics can be used with other Microsoft solutions, such as SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365, Azure and Outlook. Dynamics ERP comprises a group of enterprise-resource-planning products includes Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta), a multi-language, multi-currency enterprise software with business management features for financial, human resources, and operations management; Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains Software); Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) for financials, supply chain, and people; Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon IV)for project-driven organizations; Dynamics C5 (formerly Concorde C5) for manufacturing, supply chains, analytics and electronic commerce; and Dynamics CRM.

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