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SCOM 2012 – Monitor Your Web Based Applications Externally with GSM

January 25, 2013

In Operations Manager the monitoring for web based applications that are externally accesible has always been a challenge. How do i measure  the customers experience?
How do i get al the relevant components like firewalls, routers and switches involved in this measurement?
The answer is here and is called the System Center Global Service Monitor.
The service is NOT free and has some requirements you need to keep in mind:

  • To use Global Service Monitor, you must have System Center 2012 – Operations Manager installed.
  • For Web Application Availability Monitoring, only public-facing URLs (that do not require authentication) are supported in provided locations. Internal-facing URLs that do not require authentication can also be monitored by using internal agents as watcher nodes in the network.
  • If you configure more than 50 tests for Web Application Availability and more than 45 tests for Visual Studio Web Tests, additional tests will not be run and you will not be notified. The console displays tests that exceed the maximums as “not monitored”.
  • The web application name is part of the performance counter instance name. If you rename your web application, the performance counter instance names will also change. This causes data in the performance view to be split across the different counter names. Dashboards show only the latest values from the performance counter and the previous data is no longer displayed.

This page will give you all the information on the functionality and requirements:

Happy Monitoring!


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