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Management Pack for Azure Stack, Waves Platform Now Available on Microsoft Azure

The technical preview of the Microsoft Azure Stack Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager, available Tuesday, enables System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 & 2016 to monitor Azure Stack.

In addition, to alert management, Operations Manager expands Azure Stack with capabilities like sending notifications via different channels or scheduling maintenance windows during an update run, writes program manager. Once alerts are received, “all existing connections within the Operations Manager to other products, such as Service Manager, can be leveraged.”

Using the management pack, customers can integrate Microsoft Azure Stack with theri existing IT Lifecyle by leveraging already existing processes and workflows.

And, you can also view and drill into the health of multiple deployments of Azure Stack including multiple Azure Stack Regions, once available with the Health dashboard.

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure Stack is available here for download.

Management Pack for Microsoft Azure Stack

Microsoft has also made available the Waves Platform and their support of the blockchain efforts on Microsoft Azure.

The decentralized Waves platform functions primarily to allow easy creation and distribution, trading and asset exchange, and leveraging a blockchain backend.

  • The product is based on a proof of stake consensus algorithm, which can help lower carbon footprint of the more compute intensive proof of work models, which is also attractive to enterprise customers.
  • The system has been designed to make it easy to get started with custom tokens. The token systems are a key component in solutions that enterprises are requesting.

The initial release works in conjunction with the testnet. So, with a one click deployment, a node can be added to the testnet and developers can start using the platform with minimal effort.

You can get started using the platform by deploying via one click in the Azure marketplace.

Waves platform on Azure

Azure SQL DB Management Pack, released today significantly enhances the features. Some of the highlights are support for Azure AD authentication, health monitoring for database geo replication, health monitoring for elastic pools, and performance improvements.

See the full changelog under:

  • Azure Resource Manager is now supported: the previous versions of the Management Pack used T-SQL queries to SQL Server system views to get information on the databases health and performance; now, the Management Pack can also get this information from Azure REST API (this is a preferred option)
  • Multiple subscriptions and multiple servers are now supported
  • Added support of Azure AD authentication
  • Improved monitoring efficiency: monitoring target is now defined by monitoring pool; WatcherNode class is considered to be deprecated
  • Added health monitoring for Database Geo-Replication
  • Added health monitoring for Elastic Pools
  • Added monitoring for “Average DTU utilization percentage” metric
  • Added regular expression filtering capability for Azure SQL Database instances and Elastic Pools
  • Improved SCOM Add Monitoring Wizard to reflect the new features of the Management Pack
  • Introduced performance improvements to the Management Pack
  • Improved error handling in Add Monitoring Wizard
  • Optimized performance rules notation: all Object Names are standardized; Instance Names are not used anymore
  • Updated the guide to reflect all the changes
  • Updated the visualization library
  • Fixed Server Exclude list filter: a server name could not contain whitespaces
  • Fixed display strings: Azure Portal naming style is applied
  • Fixed issue: some rules work only if more than 1% of Microsoft Azure SQL Database space is used

Download Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Microsoft Azure SQL Database HERE.

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