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  • Blog Post: Powershell: Retrieve Group Membership for a given Computer in Operations Manager (2012/ 2012 R2)

    In System Center Operations Manager (2012/ 2012 R2) you may find it difficult to retrieve all the Groups a given Computer Instance belongs to. Doing it via Powershell it becomes quite simple – something you can achieve by running the following script: Import-Module OperationsManager ...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2012 - Create Override Packs via PowerShell

    An example PowerShell script to automate the creation of override packs within Operations Manager can be downloaded from Script Center . This shows how you can easily setup and follow the Management Pack life cycle for change control via PowerShell This script facilitates the creation of unsealed...
  • Blog Post: Secondary Sites and SQL Server Express 2012

    Lately, I’ve been helping my customer plan for a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade from SP1 to R2. After a particularly troubled initial upgrade from RTM to SP1 a couple of years ago, I was emphasising how important it was to give the pre-upgrade checklist its due diligence. Most of the items on the list...
  • Blog Post: How To Auto Uninstall User Device Affinity Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

    Before Christmas, a colleague came to me with a customer scenario where they were leveraging User Device Affinity to pre-deploy software installations to users, however they were looking for a method to automatically uninstall the software when either a user’s device affinity changed or the application...
  • Blog Post: CM TechDay Additional Content

    Hi All, This post is meant as a reference to additional content for those that attended our TechDay on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager last week. That said, the resources below may be generally useful for anyone working on Configuration Manager. First up we have Ricky Simpson's...
  • Blog Post: Service Manager 2012 - Creating Workflow Notifications in Change Requests

    The Change Request process in Service Manager can involve a lot of repetitive data entry. This is largely caused because workflow emails for a Review\Manual Activity in a CR by design only take information from themselves and not the parent CR/ For example, if the parent CR for the review activity has...
  • Blog Post: #8 - Operations Manager Agent deployment and basic monitoring testing over the Windows Azure P2S VPN connection

    This post is (last) Part #8 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: #7 - Configure Name resolution over P2S VPN Connection

    This post is Part #7 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: #5 - Create and Export the P2S VPN Client Certificate

    This post is Part #5 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: How to search System Center 2012 documentation on TechNet using Bing (no…not that way)

    A not so techie post today. J The ConfigMgr UX team (docs team) blog here that explain how to use a feature of Bing to search their documentation (the MSDN/TechNet team's SDK blog post here about the feature). This feature lets you search just for the documentation for System Center 2012 Configuration...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2012 SP1 Security Accounts Matrix

    Many times I was referring to the below Kevin Holman's blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2008/04/15/opsmgr-security-account-rights-mapping-what-accounts-need-what-privileges.aspx As it was so useful just thought of bringing in an updated version of it but aligned with...
  • Blog Post: #1 - Create and Configure: Windows Azure Virtual Network, Affinity Group and Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN

    This post is Part #1 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 content from TechEd North America 2013

    Hi All, We made some major announcements at TechEd North America 2013 around System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2012 R2. Based on that, I thought I would share the following list of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 content with you. This is basically I list I built for the team...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Daily Report Management Pack

    Attached to this blog is an example Management Pack based on my "How to create daily reports with System Center Operations Manager 2012 and PowerShell" series, this shows another way to consume data from Operations Manager and display it in a meaningful way to reduce overheads required for daily health...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview

    ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview I’ve been asked a few times lately about how the Client Cache works in Configuration Manager, where is it, what size it should be set to, how it behaves etc. so I thought that maybe it was time for a blog! I’m intending for this to...
  • Blog Post: How to Publish a Complex Windows Azure Application with System Center 2012 Orchestrator

    Following on from my previous post about how easy it was to publish an application to Windows Azure with Orchestrator, I thought it useful to complicate things and include a few scenarios we see customers using with their Windows Azure Applications. The cases: Publish the Windows Azure Application...
  • Blog Post: #6 - Configure and connect the P2S VPN Client to the Windows Azure P2S VPN.

    This post is Part #6 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring-over...
  • Blog Post: Exporting Log History Data from Orchestrator

    Orchestrator keeps a log of activities for previous Runbook executions. The log history view in the Runbook Designer is one of the most heavily used functions in my Orchestrator environment. It's very useful in determining what is happening when an activity fails. I have been looking for a quick and...
  • Blog Post: Unix/Linux Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Updated

    The ConfigMgr product team has just released an update to the Unix/Linux client. This update adds support for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris 11, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu. It also introduces a new common Open Management Infrastructure CIM server (OMI version 1.0.6.5), along with simplified common...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager

    Hi All, This Blog series aims to provide you with an early overview of the required steps to: Setup a Windows Azure Point-to-Site (P2S) Test VPN, and Monitor a Virtual Machine in Windows Azure IaaS over the created P2S VPN connection by using System Center 2012 Operations Manager It is divided into the...
  • Blog Post: #3 - Create P2S VPN Gateway

    This post is Part #3 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Managing username changes in Service Manager

    Let's say someone in your organisation changes their name for some reason. Let's also say that the same person is in your Service Manager CMDB. If that persons Active Directory username changes, then might not quite work as you'd expect – this is correct at the time of writing in System Center...
  • Blog Post: How to Publish a Windows Azure Application with System Center 2012 Orchestrator: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

    The Orchestrator team recently released the Beta Windows Azure Integration Pack for Orchestrator in System Center 2012 SP1. TechNet Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721956.aspx Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=268320 This Integration Pack is full...
  • Blog Post: #2 - Create, Export and Upload P2S VPN Root Certificate

    This post is Part #2 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Listing Review Activities which need your vote in Service Manager

    In Service Manager, out of the box, we have a view of Review Activities which you need to vote on. However, if the RA has multiple reviewers, even if you've already voted, it'll stay in your list until the other folks have voted & the activity is completed. This can make your view a little messy...