OMS highlights from the month of June

Summary: This newsletter describes OMS highlights from June 2016 and provides links for more information.

Here is a quick summary of the highlights mentioned in this newsletter:

  • OMS Site Recovery recognized as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service…read more
  • Backup of Azure IaaS VMs on Premium Storage is GA…read more
  • View Designer for OMS Log Analytics: Visualize your data your way…read more
  • Monitor VMware using OMS Log Analytics…read more
  • Security configuration baseline assessment public preview…read more
  • New anti-malware assessment dashboard…read more
  • OMS Automation scheduler improvements…read more
  • OMS Automation graphical runbooks support for native PowerShell…read more
  • Agent multi-homing support for OMS Log Analytics…read more

Backup and site recovery

Gartner placed OMS site recovery in the leader quadrant for DRaaS: Link to announcement

  • Gartner has now recognized Microsoft as a leader in their Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service based on completeness of our vision and ability to execute.
  • Organizations can achieve low recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) targets for every major IT system, without the hassle or the cost of a secondary data center.
  • With this disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering designed for the needs of enterprises, customers can tap into effectively unlimited capacity at a moment’s notice.

Screenshot of Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery from Gartner.

Backup of Azure IAAS VMs on Premium Storage is GA: Link to announcement

  • Enable backup for VMs running on Azure Premium Storage
  • Backups optimized to minimize IOPS impact on production workloads while transferring incremental changes
  • Restore to standard or premium storage

Log Analytics

View Designer for OMS Log Analytics : Visualize petabytes of data: Link to announcement

  • Create rich visualizations and dashboards that are powered by your OMS data
  • By using the Log Analytics Custom Logs features, Custom Fields features, and all the other data in OMS, you can use Views to build your view for what matters to you the most.

View Designer

Monitor VMware using OMS Log Analytics: Link to announcement

  • Collect and process the VMware (ESXi Host and vCenter) logs
  • View Top 10 VMware events and trends, VM creation/deletion counts, storage latency, etc.
  • Alert on VM state, storage temperature, and disk health

Image that shows collaboration between VMware and OMS Log Analytics.

Agent multi-homing support for OMS Log Analytics: Link to announcement

  • One server can send data to different OMS Log Analytics workspaces
  • Ability to control what data gets sent to each workspace
  • Support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the agent

Illustration that shows multi-homing support for OMS Log Analytics.


Security configuration baseline assessment (public preview): Link to announcement

  • Our assessment capability is based on experience of Microsoft security professionals (Windows server team) to harden servers.
  • This end-to-end solution helps security operations teams operate and manage security baselines for Windows server operating systems right now (2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2). Access to the complete Microsoft recommended security settings and customizing the baselines is next on our list. Assessment results can be exported to external tools.

Screenshot of security baseline assessment in OMS.

New anti-malware assessment dashboard

  • The existing anti0malware assessment dashboard now includes more useful data to better understand malware state in the environment.

Screenshot of anti-malware assessment dashboard.


Scheduler improvements

  • Support for Month / Week / Day of Week because this was a top request from customers and through user voice.

Graphical runbooks

  • Graphical runbooks support for native PowerShell released because this improves start time and the ability to call child runbooks based on PowerShell. Databus support at design time is now available in a similar way to Orchestrator in System Center (top request by customers).


  • PowerShell scripts on can be imported from Automation gallery.

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