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Monitoring Site to Site Connection Windows Azure Pack

Categories: Azure, Hyper-V, Operations Manager, VMM, Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server 2012 R2
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In Windows Azure Pack we can create NAT rules and Site 2 Site VPN connections.

The Gateway servers handles the connection and we have them monitored with Operations Manager

But from a operations point of view more info is always better

But due to the Network Virtualization we just cant push a agent to the server

So for each of our gateway clusters we created a VM in our Windows Azure Pack Portal and another VM behind a Site 2 Site VPN



So on our network we have created a Site to Site VPN


and after creating the Site to Site VPN tunnnel we can verify that we can ping a VM on the other side of the tunnel

and verify internet connection though a ping against a google dns server


Next step was to issue a SCOM Certificate from our CA server






Setup a host file so the Virtual Machine can find its way home to the operations manager server

And ensure that only each VM used for the probe can access the Operations Manager server though firewall rules



We then need a rule so the Operations Manager server can contact the agent on the VM


We then install the Operations Manager agent run the momcert import tool and points to our certificate

And after that we approve the agent in the Operations Manager Console


We then can setup a ping rule with the worlds best management pack from our friends at OpsLogix



And after a few minutes we can see the management pack in action and we can monitor our Site to Site connection




And to test if our endpoint stops responding we power off the VM used for the probe , we could have used internal interface of the firewall

but targeting a VM also lets us know that the basic infrastructure is alive



and after our threadshold is reached we can see that our endpoint is down and we can react


This is a very crude monitoring that works for the basic task of probing the Site to Site functionality

Additional montoring though logs and events on the gateways is also needed but this gives it the basic functionality of the gateway service

3PAR SMI-S Provider and SCOM MP’s

Categories: 3PAR, Operations Manager, SCOM, Windows Server 2012 R2
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HP have updated their Management Pack to 3.1 and now supports Operations Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 , after adding the Management Pack in a new installation it failed with wrong password for the SMI-S Provider no matter what i did.


So unable to logon , recreated user in different name same result


after digging around a bit and reading the documentation AGAIN , i could see that the SMI-S provider isnt started pr default , so a telent to 5988 comfirmed that the 3PAR wasnt listening on that port that explained why the logon didnt work


So logon to 3par and “startcim”


We then created a new user (instead of the 3parmon user just to seperate users)


And assigned the browse role


And back to the add HP 3PAR StorServ Storage System


And now with greater sucess


And after a little while we can see the install populating in Operations Manager

So always check the documentation again Smiley

Oracle Linux 6.4 Running with SystemCenter 2012 R2 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 Part 1/4

Categories: Data Protection Manager, Hyper-V, Linux, Operations Manager, SCOM, System Center, Windows Server 2012
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This will be a start of a small series with Installing , Protecting and Monitoring Oracle Linux running on Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

First off is basic install , 2nd is protecting with Data Protection Manager and 3rd is Monitoring with Operations Manager and last creating template with Virtual Machine Manager

Oracle have released Oracle 6.4 Linux that have support for Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V

download can be from 

and the good news is

Free to download and distribute, including patches and updates


So as we dont have a template (yet) we need to create a new Virtual Machine from the VMM console


And find a name , Generation 1 is required for Linux VM’s


Attach the ISO and a select a disk


And select Oracle Linux for OS type


And a few minutes later the VM is ready to install


Start Installer


Select Basic Storage Device


And Yes to discard existing data


Select a host name


and we need a password


Select use all space


And we just need a basic server install


And we wait a bit to install



And 5 minutes later we have a running Linux VM

Recently ran into a issue where the central console for DPM couldnt be installed


Steps to reproduce , start the installer on the Operations Manager Server



Select Central Console Server and Client side


Install the DPM management packs and check again


And Central Console had failed installation

The DPM installation failed. Review the error details, take appropriate action, and then run DPM Setup again.
ID: 810. Details: Fatal error during installation

Error 810

and drilling down into the logfile shows the error

Read more


There are several ways to monitor your HP 3PAR , both with its call home features and 3PAR monitoring console , where you can drill down to each counter and feature and monitor/tweak each setting

But for the day to day monitoring we “just” want to know if the system is healthy and leave the deep level for the storage teams

For this we can use the integration from HP Storage Management Pack and get our 3PAR shown in the same Operations Manager Console as the rest of our enterprise is looking at.



Download the newest version of the HP Storage Management Pack , download can be found at ,( free login required)


For this install the Management Pack was installed directly on a management group server


Select the path for the Operations Manager install


The Management Pack have integrations for all major HP storage products , here only 3PAR is required (this is improvement from the old MP’s that imported everything)


Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes


Success ! Smile



in the 3PAR management console , create a user for monitoring purpose


3PARMonitor with the browse security role , during testing we had a issue with passwords containing some “!§ chars like this but due to time constrains we didn’t see if was the 3PAR or the Configiration Tool that had the limitation



Note the IP address for the 3PAR system


Start the HP Storage Management Pack Tool , add the IP address of the management server (in this case the same server as its installed on)


Add HP Storage System


Enter the IP address and the credentials from the newly created monitor user


Verify that the 3PAR is listed and close the tool


In Operations Manager , Object Discoveries select the two discovery rules and override and enable them


on the management server that have the configuration tool installed


After 600 seconds later we now have the the 3PAR in our diagram view , next is the integration with the SNMP traps from 3PAR more to follow