Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) - A Beginner's Guide

Introduction

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Operations Management Suite (also known as OMS) is a collection of cloud-based services for managing your on-premise and cloud environments from one single place. Rather than deploying and managing on-premises resources, OMS components are entirely hosted in Azure.

 In simple words, what basically happens is that OMS goes and talks to different servers, applications in your environment, collects information about how they're doing, consolidates this information in the form of nice colorful graphics and searchable records, after that presents it to you in one single, convenient place, and it doesn't matter where your servers or applications are running, Azure, AWS, on-premises or which operating system they're running on, Windows or Linux, it just works. Configuration is minimal, and you can be up and running literally in a matter of minutes.
 
OMS helps administrators to manage their hybrid IT environments more efficiently by giving them a greater visibility into their operational infrastructure. This tool aims to fill the current gap of not having a single point of management for your hybrid, multi-cloud and on-premises environments. The most important data out of that is visualized and the other part of it can be searched by writing search queries in a highly scalable log search engine.

OMS Architecture

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

OMS contains four main services

  • Log Analytics
  • Azure Automation
  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Site Recovery

Log Analytics

Real-repository.

Azure Automation

Simplified cloud management with process automation. Automate manual processes and enforce configurations for physical and virtual machines. Create, monitor, manage and deploy resources in your hybrid cloud environments while reducing errors and boosting efficiency to help lower your operational costs. It has an OMS solution that displays statistics and links to launch the Azure portal for any operations.

Azure Backup

Backup and restore critical data. Azure Backup contributes to business continuity and disaster recovery. It provides data backup and restore services for OMS. It protects your application data and retains it for years without any capital investment and with minimal operating costs. It can backup data from physical and virtual Windows servers in addition to application workloads such as SQL Server and SharePoint.

Azure Site Recovery

Provide high availability for critical applications. It provides business continuity by orchestrating replication of on-premises virtual and physical machines to Azure, or to a secondary site. If your primary site is unavailable, you fail over to the secondary location so that users can keep working, and failback when systems return to working order.

Management Solutions in OMS

As of today’s date total 43 solutions are present in OMS that may perform one or more of the following functions;

  • Collect additional information
  • Provide additional analysis of collected information
  • Add functionality

Some of the solutions are listed in below screenshot and a short description is mentioned for each solution.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Monitor Service using OMS

No need to install infrastructure or any tool! OMS requires only some steps that can be completed within 5 minutes.

Go to www.microsoft.com/OMS and follow these 5 steps,
Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Summary

In this article, we saw how OMS evolved, understood what it is, and its four key services - Log Analytics, Azure Automation, Azure Backup, and Azure Site Recovery. Then, I shared how to monitor OMS with 5 simple steps. I do realize that there's a lot we couldn't cover, but this is only a beginner’s guide and we will probably cover the advanced part later in another article. If there's anything specific that you want me to cover with respect to OMS, please let me know.

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