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What kind of log analytics does Microsoft OMS perform?

Microsoft OMS features 'solution packs' that track resource usage, which can help administrators plan for future capacity needs.

Operations Management Suite, one of Microsoft's newer management tools, promises to help IT administrators troubleshoot...

issues both with the on-premises infrastructure, as well as in Azure and other cloud platforms.

Once Microsoft's Operations Management Suite (OMS) is connected and running on selected systems, either through System Center or standalone agents, administrators can use Microsoft OMS to analyze the voluminous log data generated by managed systems in the on-premises environment or in the cloud. Customizable analysis and reporting provides real-time results that help with root-cause analysis and troubleshooting. Additionally, Microsoft OMS can provide long-term historical insights for strategic planning for infrastructure growth and optimization.

OMS data lets administrators monitor operating system resources, identify overprovisioned virtual machines, locate systems with missing updates, find malware, forecast future resource usage, report unauthorized system changes -- or deviations from established best practices -- and spot suspicious activities around systems and storage.

Microsoft OMS has detailed search capabilities; administrators can search logs for keywords or critical values to reveal potential problem areas or opportunities for improvement. Microsoft OMS log analysis features are designed around "solution packs," which provide defined rules and process algorithms that address specific analytical tasks or products.

There are about a dozen Microsoft solution packs. For example, the OMS Assessment Solution works to assess the risk and health of Active Directory environments at regular intervals, and then provides a prioritized list of recommendations for specific deployments. As another example, the OMS Malware Assessment Solution helps identify servers that are infected -- or at a risk of infection -- and makes recommendations for attention. Third-party vendors may also eventually create and release solution packs that further expand Microsoft OMS by addressing specific products or technologies.

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What areas in your environment would benefit from Microsoft's Operations Management Suite?
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I would really like to use this for Azure WebApps.

Have already used / configured for SQL Assessment, Security Assessment. So far very happy with it.

The challenge that I foresee is the control going away from people with traditional datacenter mindset. For e.g. someone with SQL / AD expertise will pop-up with his/her own learnt tool in the past and take a time to understand the built-in, easy to use capability of OMS. I am not kidding. I still do come across DBAs, Admin mentioning I have n number of scripts from my previous job that we could use it.. WTF.. move on dude. While MS is providing OMS recommendation based on thousands of customers experience and their engineers, why someone would want to use static stuff?

God Bless traditional DBAs, Admins & "interior decorators" who called themselves architects

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