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Welcome to contoso.se! My name is Anders Bengtsson and this is my blog about Azure infrastructure and system management. I am a senior engineer in the FastTrack for Azure team, part of Azure Engineering, at Microsoft.  Contoso.se has two main purposes, first as a platform to share information with the community and the second as a notebook for myself.

Everything you read here is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties.

Anders Bengtsson

MVP
MVP awarded 2007,2008,2009,2010

My Books
Service Manager Unleashed
Service Manager Unleashed
Orchestrator Unleashed
Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed
OMS
Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Inside Azure Management [e-book]

We are excited to announce the Preview release of Inside Azure Management is now available, with more than 500 pages covering many of the latest monitoring and management features in Microsoft Azure!

March 27, 2019] We are excited to announce the Preview release of Inside Azure Management is now available, with more than 500 pages covering many of the latest monitoring and management features in Microsoft Azure! 

This FREE e-book is written by Microsoft MVPs Tao Yang, Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Pete Zerger, and Kevin Greene, along with Anders Bengtsson.

Description: “Inside Azure Management” is the sequel to “Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite”, featuring end-to-end deep dive into the full range of Azure management features and functionality, complete with downloadable sample scripts.  

The chapter list in this edition is shown below:

  • Chapter 1 – Intro
  • Chapter 2 – Implementing Governance in Azure
  • Chapter 3 – Migrating Workloads to Azure
  • Chapter 4 – Configuring Data Sources for Azure Log Analytics
  • Chapter 5 – Monitoring Applications
  • Chapter 6 – Monitoring Infrastructure
  • Chapter 7 – Configuring Alerting and notification
  • Chapter 8 – Monitor Databases
  • Chapter 9 – Monitoring Containers
  • Chapter 10 – Implementing Process Automation
  • Chapter 11 – Configuration Management
  • Chapter 12 – Monitoring Security-related Configuration
  • Chapter 13 – Data Backup for Azure Workloads
  • Chapter 14 – Implementing a Disaster Recovery Strategy
  • Chapter 15 – Update Management for VMs
  • Chapter 16 – Conclusion

Download your copy here

Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite [e-book] version 2 now public

It took some time and a lot of writing, testing, editing, investigation, and discussion, but now it is finally here!

Download your copy here.

Big thanks for the discussions and collaboration to the authoring team, Tao Yang, Stanislav Zhelyazkov, the Pete Zerger and Kevin Greene.

Happy reading 🙂

Inside the Operations Management Suite e-book

Pete, Tao, Stanislav and I are working on version two of the “Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite” e-book. The book will be released around May 2017. The book will be 16 chapters and include an enormous amount of information, tips, deep dives and knowledge around the full range of Microsoft OMS features and functionality 🙂

You can already download preview chapters 🙂 All info about the book is here including download link for early chapter preview.

Inside Microsoft Azure IaaS [free e-book]

A long time ago in a galaxy… far far away…

We started to work on this book early last year I think it was. It has been a lot of changes, updates, new features and services in Azure. But now finally it is public 🙂 The book provides a hands-on guide to utilizing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources in Azure, with a primary focus on Azure Virtual Machines. Additional content covered in the book includes Azure PowerShell, Azure Virtual Networking, Azure Storage, Connecting Azure to your Datacenter, Migration, and Backup & Disaster Recovery.

Authors are Ryan Irujo, Janaka Rangama, Pete Zerger and me.

Download your copy of the free e-book here.

happy reading 🙂

New Book on Microsoft Azure IaaS

Pete Zerger, John McCabe and I are working on a book, Microsoft Azure IaaS: Integration, Optimization and Automation. The book is part of the Inside the Microsoft Cloud serie. The idea of the book is to provide technical details of the latest Azure features and capabilities for IT pros. The book is written by IT pros for IT pros, with a lot of real world experience. The book should be available for purchase later this year; however, some chapters are available for download earlier. The first chapter that is available for download, by Veeam®, is the networking chapter, read it  here 🙂

The System Center 2012 Orchestrator book has arrived

The book has finally arrived in printed format. I hope it will provide you with good information and ideas around Orchestrator. Thanks again to the team behind the book, has been great working with you. You can order the book at for example Amazon, or if you are in Sweden maybe Adlibris is easier. Happy reading!

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Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

During Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) earlier this year I did the beta version of 70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012. The exam was quite deep and included a number of the System Center 2012 components. I was a bit surprised about the exam, it was really covering a number of the System Center 2012 components and I think it would be difficult to pass without some real world hands-on experience. The exam measure the following areas

  • Configure Data Center Process Automation
  • Deploy Resource Monitoring
  • Monitoring Resources
  • Configure and Maintain Service Management
  • Manage Configuration and Protection

More info about the exam here.

I recommend everyone working with System Center 2012 and private cloud to take the training and do the exam. Microsoft Certification helps you stand out, you demonstrate your expertise to customers and employers, special these really deep certifications.

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed on Amazon

The System Center Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed book is up on Amazon now available for pre-order!  The release date on Amazon says around July. Hopefully you will find lots of new and useful information in this book! Link to the book

The book has arrived

The book has finally arrived in printed, non electronic, format. I hope it will provide you with good information and ideas around Service Manager. Thanks again to the team behind the book, has been great working with you. You can order the book at for example Amazon, or if you are in Sweden maybe Adlibris is easier. More info around the book here.

System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed Book is up on Amazon

We are in the final stages of copy edit for the System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed book now.  It’s up on Amazon now available for pre-order.  The release date on Amazon says around October, but I’m pretty sure it
will be something more like this summer when it is actually released though. Hopefully you will find lots of new and useful information in this book! Link to the book