Category Archives: System Center

System Center 2012 SP1 released

So this is exciting news: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2013/01/15/system-center-2012-sp1-is-generally-available.aspx

Things I am most excited about, from: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj656650.aspx

Enabled APM of SharePoint 2010

Operations Manager lets you monitor SharePoint web front-end components. You can monitor standard and custom SharePoint web pages for performance degradation and server-side exceptions. You can set up monitoring for SharePoint applications in much the same way you enable monitoring for other .NET web applications. Use the .NET Application Performance Monitoring template to configure SharePoint application monitoring. When monitoring SharePoint applications for exceptions, the exception call stack contains the relevant SharePoint specific parameters for troubleshooting.

Integration with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012

To speed interactions between operations and development, it is essential to quickly detect and fix problems that might need assistance from the engineering team. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) – Operations Manager can integrate with development tools, such as Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio, enabling deep troubleshooting and streamlining communications between developers and IT operations. You can synchronize Operations Manager alerts and Team Foundation Server (TFS) work items. Operations Manager integration with TFS introduces a new work item type definition, Operational Issue, which can be embedded into any of your organization’s engineering processes. After enabling synchronization, IT operations can manually assign alerts to the engineering team. Assigning an alert to engineering creates a new work item in Team Foundation Server. The workflow tracks and synchronizes changes made to TFS work items and changes made to associated alerts in Operations Manager.

Compared to the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Work Item Synchronization management pack, SP1 features include:

  • Shipped as part of Operations Manager, included in the SP1 Media
  • Improved security – synchronization account no longer requires TFS administrative rights
  • Improved design of the Operational Issue WITD
  • Improved design of the configuration Wizard
  • Introduced support for TFS Area Path
  • Support for default Team Projects
  • Synchronization for new APM alert types from IIS8 web applications, WCF, Windows Services, and also for non-APM alerts
  • Localization of Wizard UI and MP elements, and compatibility with localized versions of TFS
  • Synchronize file attachments that can reside on a network file share or appended to TFS work items.
  • Automatically route and close alerts to TFS
  • IT operations can open TFS work items directly from the Operations Manager console using built-in integration with TFS web UI.