Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Available Now: Getting Started with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Finally after many months of writing (and the primary reason this blog has been so quiet), my third book has been published and is ready to go.

The idea for this book came about after many requests from my customers and people I meet through the System Center community asking how to get started on the basics with their OpsMgr/SCOM deployments once they have it deployed.

SCOM is a complex beast of a product and a lot of deployments I've seen out there aren't using even half of the capabilities it has to offer (distributed applications and dashboards in particular). You'd be surprised how many people simply install it, deploy agents to everything in their environment, import as many management packs as they can find and then configure a single SMTP notification subscription that forwards all alerts to their inbox.

This only leads to alert noise, frustration, the inevitable cursing of the product by users and eventually, it'll be replaced with a different monitoring tool. Thankfully, with the correct guidance, these deployments don't have to be assigned to the monitoring tool graveyard. With a little know-how and help in the right direction, SCOM can be transformed into an IT enablement tool that can deliver full monitoring visibility and streamlined management into your environments.

Hopefully, this book can equip readers with the know-how they need to make the most of their new SCOM environments!

What's Inside?
This book contains detailed content to help you get up and running with new deployments of both SCOM 2016 and SCOM 2012 R2. I've tried to keep things as simple as possible with each chapter building on the previous one while delivering tips, tricks and best practice recommendations along the way.

Here's the chapter list:

Chapter 1 - Introduction to System Center Operations Manager

Chapter 2 - Installing System Center Operations Manager

Chapter 3 - Exploring the Consoles

Chapter 4 - Deploying Agents

Chapter 5 - Working with Management Packs

Chapter 6 - Managing Network Devices

Chapter 7 - Configuring Service Models with Distributed Applications

Chapter 8 - Alert Tuning the Easy Way

Chapter 9 - Visualizing Your IT with Dashboards

Chapter 10 - Creating Alert Subscriptions and Reports

Chapter 11 - Backing Up, Performing Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Target Audience
The target audience for this book is the IT Pro or System Administrator who wants to deploy and use SCOM but has no previous knowledge of the product.

As a ‘Getting Started' book, the primary objective is to equip you with the knowledge you need to feel comfortable when working with common monitoring scenarios in SCOM. With this in mind, deep-diving into less-common features such as Audit Collection Services (ACS), Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) and Application Performance Monitoring (APM) has been intentionally omitted.

If you're already familiar with SCOM and have a good grasp of the basic concepts, you should still find the content useful - particularly the chapters that discuss configuring your distributed application models, tuning alerts and creating dashboards from the ground up.

Where Can You Get It?
The book is available in both paperback and e-book format and can be downloaded from all of the usual suppliers. If you have an Amazon account, then you can order it directly from the following links:

Hope you enjoy the content and thanks for your support!