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Working with Sensitive Data for .NET Applications

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

Here are some ways to work with sensitive data and .NET Application Performance Monitoring in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

Masking Sensitive Data for .NET Applications

Masking sensitive data allows you to use a regular expression to filter out common parameters and insert * or some other character in place of the real value. This is used for functions and exceptions where you might capture sensitive information, such as credit card information, passwords, and other personally identifiable information.

To mask sensitive data for .NET applications

  1. To open the .NET Application Performance Monitoring template, in the Operations Manager console, in the navigation pane, click the Authoring button, expand Management Pack Objects, click Rules, and then click change scope in the right-hand side of the information bar to see the current scoping.

  2. In the Scope Management Packs objects page, select .NET Application Monitoring Agent to the current scope, and click OK.

  3. To override the Sensitive Data Rules property of the Apply APM Agent Configuration rule, right-click Apply APM Agent configuration, select Overrides, select Override the Rule, and then select For all objects of class: .NET Application Monitoring Agent.

  4. On the Override Properties page, in the Override-controlled parameters section, select Sensitive data rules.

  5. In the Sensitive data rules row, in the Override Value column, enter the formula for the mask you want to apply, using the syntax <Hidden><Expression>((pwd|password)=?)[^;]*</Expression><CompareExpression>((pwd|password)=?)[^;]*</CompareExpression><Replacement>$1*****</Replacement><Type>all</Type></Hidden>, where the <Expression> and <CompareExpression> use regular expression syntax and <Replacement> defines the characters to use when masking out the actual value of the parameter.

  6. In the Management Pack section, select an existing management pack or create a new one where the override will be stored.

  7. Click OK.

Avoid Collecting Sensitive Data

If you do not want to get this sensitive information at all, here is how to avoid it. Some applications will pass sensitive information embedded in the exceptions raised or parameters collected. To avoid the sensitive information, you can disable monitoring for specific methods and restrict collection of specific exceptions. To do this, you disable parameter collection of a method or you disable collection of exceptions thrown from specific namespaces or classes.

To disable parameter collection of a method

  1. To open the .NET Application Performance Monitoring template, in the Operations Manager console, in the navigation pane, click the Authoring button, click Management Pack Templates, click .NET Application Performance Monitoring, right-click the application group you want to modify, and then click Properties.

  2. On the What to Monitor tab, select the application component you want to change and click Customize.

    noteNote
    Methods can also be defined at the application group level and be applied to all application components. To do this, follow the same steps after clicking the Advanced Settings button on the Server-Side Defaults tab.

  3. On the Modifying Settings page, click Set Methods. Specify the method name for the function where you want to disable parameter collection, and then clear the Collect function parameters checkbox.

    Additionally, if you do not want to continue monitoring this method, clear the Enable monitoring checkbox.

  4. Click OK.

To disable collection of exceptions

  1. To open the .NET Application Performance Monitoring template, in the Operations Manager console, in the navigation pane, click the Authoring button, click Management Pack Templates, click .NET Application Performance Monitoring, right-click the application group you want to modify, and then click Properties.

  2. On the Server-Side Defaults tab, click Advanced Settings.

  3. On the Advanced settings page, click Exception Tracking.

  4. On the Exception tracking list page, click Add, enter the namespace or class where you want to stop collecting exceptions, and then clear the Enable monitoring checkbox.

  5. Click OK.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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