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Global Service Monitor Operations Manager 2012 SP1

Microsoft have shortly after the global SP1 release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 make the global service monitor management pack and cloud service available for trial testing

Global Service Monitor is a Azure powered cloud service that can use synthetic transactions against web applications from external locations , this will help ensure that your website and web applications are available when tested from the outside of your company instead of “just” testing locally on the server , this will ensure a end to end perspective on monitoring

This post will cover the most basic functionality it’s the website up and running without http errors

There are a free 90 days trial available

https://orgaccount.microsoft.com/signup?offerIds=BE2A46EF-0639-43a4-8323-BB5E1D4340D3

thanks to Daniele Grandini for pointing me to the download location Smiley

 

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http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36422

The download link on the Global Service Monitoring site currently just redirects to msn so the above link contains the management packs needed for Global Service Monitoring to function

 

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There is a dependency on AlertAttachment management pack file , its located on the SP1 install media

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After installing the MSI from the download link import the management packs into Operations Manager

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And install Windows Identify Foundation

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After WIF install “Start Subscription” and logon with the credentials used for requesting the trial

 

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After selecting resource pool the Global Service Monitor is ready for work

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In this post we will just cover a basic http probe so “Configure Web Application Availability Tests”

 

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add the url you want to monitor

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And select some locations to monitor from

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With 3 probes and one url we end up with almost 13000 test a month

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There are addition tests being made other than if the site is responding or not

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and after a short while the probes show under test state

 

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And we have the boss view Smiley

 
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