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Stefan Stranger's Weblog - Manage your IT Infrastructure
Downloading MP Wiki info
As OpsMgr engineers we regularly check the Microsoft Management Pack Wiki for update info about Management Packs. Wouldn’t it be great if we could that automated using PowerShell? For the System Center RAP as a Service (kind of Health Check for System Center) we check if the Premier Customer...
8 Oct 2015
Integrate solutions with Azure Automation - Part 1 (Wunderlist)
In the last couple of months I’ve been using Azure Automation more and more to integrate several different solutions calling their REST APIs. In this first part of this series of integrating solutions with Azure Automation I will discuss the Wunderlist Service I started to use for integration...
24 Jul 2015
Release of PowerShell WinMerge ISE add-on Module
Today I released the first version of the PowerShell WinMerge ISE add-on module I created on Github . When writing PowerShell scripts in the PowerShell ISE you sometimes want to compare different versions of your script. This can easily by done using WinMerge WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and...
19 Feb 2015
OpsMgr installation in Azure VM
Lately I’m busy with learning more and more about Azure. I even passed my Azure 70-533 exam last week Today I wanted to start installing Operations Manager 2012 R2 in a newly deployed VM in Azure. Instead of downloading the installation bits from MSDN from within the VM hosted in Azure I wanted to upload...
5 Feb 2015
Enable ISAPI and CGI Restrictions for Web Console installation using PowerShell DSC
This week I’m trying to install System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 using PowerShell Desired State Configuration . I’ve been able to install the Domain Controller and SQL 2012 using DSC but now I was stuck at some of the pre-requisites for the OM2012 R2 installation. I had to add and enable the...
20 Nov 2014
Real-Time monitoring of OM Techical Preview installation for errors
Some days ago we announced the availability of Windows Server Technical Preview and System Center Technical Preview. After downloading the vhd file using a PowerShell script shared on Niklas Akerlund’s blog I wanted to monitor the installation of OpsMgr in real-time for errors. As you may already know...
16 Oct 2014
Creating a PowerShell Script Gallery Upload ISE Add-On – Part 2
In part 1 of this blog post series I showed the end result of the PowerShell Script Gallery Upload ISE Add-On which I created. In this post I explain the steps I took to create this ISE Add-On. As starting point I used the blog post from Jason Stangroome called Create a PowerShell v3 ISE Add-on Tool...
24 Jul 2014
New Operations Manager Dashboard section Script Center
We recently added an area for sharing scripts for SCOM dashboards featuring PowerShell extensibility widgets to the TechNet Script Center repository. This is a centralized location with PowerShell scripts for the extensibility widgets. I’ve uploaded my PowerShell Grid Widget Helper script to this section...
24 Jul 2014
Creating a PowerShell Script Gallery Upload Add-On – Part 1
Some weeks ago I started a discussion on Codeplex requesting an option to upload your PowerShell scripts to the TechNet Script Center being part of the Microsoft PowerShell Script Browser . .One of the main features in the Script Browser is to search, download, and learn script examples from the TechNet...
20 Jul 2014
Update: Using PowerShell OData Provider Module for OneGet and PowerShellGet
Update 03/13/2015 : the PowerShell gallery is moved from msconfiggallery.cloudapp.net to powershellgallery.com After playing with OneGet and PowerShellGet for some time now I wanted to dive into the OData feed that both new PowerShell v5 preview features are using. Let me first summarize OneGet and PowerShellGet...
26 May 2014
What is my in PowerShell Profile?
This week Ed Wilson (Hey Scripting Guy) shares information about what people have in their Windows PowerShell profile. Interested to know what I’ve in myPowerShell profile? Check the following blog post called “ What’s in Your PowerShell Profile? Microsoft PFEs' Favorites ” Go update your Profile...
23 May 2014
PowerShell Grid Widget Helper
I already blogged about the new PowerShell Grid Widget which came with the release of UR2 for System Center 2012 R2 where we included updates for the Widgets which allow you to create richer dashboard visualization within Operations Manager. If you look at the Walkthrough I created, there is a part where...
19 May 2014
Interesting announcements during TechEd North America 2014
I don’t know if you have noticed but we are this week hosting our TechEd North America 2014 event in Houston, Texas. TechEd North America is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, providing the technical education, product evaluation, and community resources...
15 May 2014
Viewing NuGet Packages with the NuGet Explorer
You may have seen that we released the the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview and that one of the new features is Windows PowerShell OneGet. OneGet is designed to dramatically simplify how you discover and install software packages. Windows PowerShell OneGet OneGet is a new way to discover...
17 Apr 2014
Dutch Windows Management User Group event on 12 February 2014
On the 12th of February 2014 the Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG NL) is organizing an event about Monitoring . I’ll also present a session about this topic Session title: Using PowerShell with System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 Description: Introduction on how to use PowerShell...
30 Jan 2014
New Windows PowerShell Best Practices book by Ed Wilson
Warning! This is a shameless plug to buy the latest version of Ed Wilson’s Windows PowerShell Best Practices book. But I’ve a great reason because I made a very small contribution to the book and I’m pretty proud to say the least. And to make it an even better deal you can get a discount on the eBook...
24 Jan 2014
Old Blog post about Compiling commandline application for Creating and Updating Groups
Marco Shaw published a blogpost about and Advanced example using PowerShell and the OpsMgr SDK: Creating and Updating Groups and mentioned an old blog post from me which he could not find anymore. Here is that blog post from me (without the pictures) Compiling commandline application for Creating and...
3 Dec 2008
Sneak preview of sealed MPs using PowerShell
Today I needed to check if a customer had installed the latest versions of available Management Packs. And there are many tools that can help you with that, but I wanted to know if the downloaded MP files had a newer version than the ones installed in the Management Group. I could have used Boris...
1 Feb 2011
When will there be WSDL for the MP Catalog Webservice?
Did you know that in PowerShell V2 using a Web service is very easy with the new Cmdlet New-WebServiceProxy? This would become very handy if the ManagementPackCatalogWebservice had a WSDL ;-) Then we could do some very cool stuff with the ManagementPack Catalog Webservice… Now we have to wait if there...
15 May 2009
New PowerShell Event Creator for Operations Manager 2007
Did you remember the Event Creator for MOM 2005 which was available in the Resource Kit? You could use this tool to create events for testing Management Packs. Event Creator enables you to choose event sources for the existing event logs that are currently registered. You can probably use this tool also...
8 May 2008
Repost: Programmatically Check for Management Pack updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2
Repost ;-) In the Twitter world we use Retweet if you post the tweet of someone else. So why not do it with blogposts ;-) That way you can easy filter on subject. My colleague Daniele Muscetta has posted an great article about using PowerShell to Check for updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2. I wish had found...
1 Dec 2008
Finding scripts in MP with PowerShell
Have you ever wanted to know which scripts are being using in a Management Pack? I did ;-) You would normally use the MPViewer from Boris Yanushpolsky to have a look into the MP. But the MPViewer does not show you a list of all the scripts being used in the MP. Suppose you want to know which scripts...
21 Aug 2008
QuickTrick: Adding AdtAdmin tool path to environment path variable
Today I installed Audit Collection Services (ACS) in my demo environment and after installing the ACS Collector and ACS Forwarder I wanted to start the AdtAdmin.exe tool. But where is AdtAdmin.exe installed? And how do I run it next time from any location I’m in my (PowerShell) Command prompt? AdtAdmin...
11 Jul 2012
Checking Server Roles with PowerShell
Today I’m rebuilding some of my demo servers in my demo environment and before I can install the software, some pre-requisites need to be checked. You need to check if some Windows Server Roles are installed before starting the installation. Off course you can just use the Server Manager to check the...
27 Jan 2011
PowerShell Sort-Object gotcha’s
This week I’m again delivering a PowerShell workshop and during the use of the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline we had a interesting discussion which I want to share with you. You all probably know you can use the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline to sort your objects. Let’s start with a simple Ascending...
13 Nov 2013
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