Summary:

Hi everyone, Nini here, and I’m following up from my last blog post. I am happy to announce that today you are now able to use the Agent Health solution (in public preview) and more easily view visualization of your agent heartbeat events and agent distribution statistics across your environment. This solution was built by using the View Designer with the queries mentioned in my Agent Health MP post. However, by enabling this solution now, you automatically get the next version of the solution with a significant number of changes.

First, search for the solution in the Solutions Gallery, and enable it:

Find the solution in the Solutions Gallery, and enable it.

After yo enable the solution, the Agent Health solution tile is added to your OMS Overview page and shows the total count of agents and the number of unresponsive agents in the last 24 hours.

Screenshot of the total count of agents and count of unresponsive agents in last 24 hours.

Select the Agent Health tile to open the Agent Health dashboard. The dashboard includes the columns in the following table. Each column lists the top ten events by count that match that column’s criteria for the specified time range. You can run a log search that provides the entire list by selecting See all at the right bottom of each column,or by clicking the column header.

Agent Health Dashboard blade Description
Agent count over time A trend of your agent count over a period of seven days for both Linux and Windows agents.
Count of unresponsive agents A list of agents that haven’t sent a heartbeat in the past 24 hours.
Distribution by OS Type A partition of how many Windows and Linux agents you have in your environment.
Distribution by Agent Version A partition of the different agent versions installed in your environment and a count of each one.
Distribution by Agent Category A partition of the different categories of agents that are sending up heartbeat events: direct agents, SCOM agents, or the SCOM Management Server.
Distribution by Management Group A partition of the different SCOM Management groups in your environment.
Geo-location of Agents A partition of the different countries where you have agents and a total count of the number of agents that have been installed in each country.
Count of Gateways Installed The number of servers that have the OMS Gateway installed, and a list of these servers.

 

Agent Health dashboard

 

Agent Health dashboard

The following table shows data collection methods and other details about how data is collected for Agent Health:

Platform Direct Agent SCOM Agent Azure Storage SCOM required? SCOM agent data sent via management group or directly to OMS Collection frequency
Windows Yes Yes No No Yes 1 minute
Linux Yes No No No 5 minutes

What’s next?

We are currently working on an extended version of this Agent Health OMS solution, which will provide a more in-depth visualization in OMS and suggestions to help guide you in taking actionable remediation steps.

That’s all I have for you today. Feel free to try this out in a live environment! If you have any feedback or questions, I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below.

Priscilla Nini Ikhena
Microsoft Operations Management Team