What is a survival guide? It’s a page created as a pointer to information on the web. You can use the information below to learn the fundamentals of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite and share information with other community members. Resources are categorized based on the type of content (video, training, blog article, etc.) as well as the age of the content, with the most recent articles listed at the top of the list, generally speaking.

Please add useful articles and training resources you find are not already in the lists below.

NOTE: The "collection of links" blog articles have been intentionally left out as they simply point to subsets of the resources shared here. To keep the resources here lean and relevant, it will be helpful to simply put direct resource links here to prevent sending visitors into a "content loop" where they encounter the same links repeatedly.


The current Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is an evolution from Azure Operational Insights (originally announced under the System Center Advisor and released in limited public preview in May 2014 at the MS TechEd conference in Houston). The name was changed to Azure Operational Insights when the full public preview  was announced in November 2014. The original System Center Advisor achieved generally availability in January 2012, but had been introduced some months earlier under the codename "Atlanta".

Product Documentation

Training Resources from Microsoft

Microsoft Virtual Academy

There is a 5-part course on the Microsoft Virtual Academy website:

Videos from the above course (on channel 9)

How-to Videos (Channel 9)

The following how-to videos on Channel 9 take viewers through the initial onboarding process.

Onboarding New Systems

Creating a Workspace


Webinars on OMS and Azure Operational Insights, sorted by source (MS or community).

Microsoft Webinar Links:

Blog Articles

The following lists of blog articles are group by Microsoft resources, followed by community resources. Newer resources should be placed at the top of the list.

Microsoft Links

 Community Links

Social Media

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