Simple Self-Service App Deployment with ConfigMgr, SCOrch and SCSM

At a recent meeting of the Houston Area Systems Management User Group, I presented a strategy for delivering effective self-service application deployment that would be achievable for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) admins could potentially implement. By intention, the solution does not require custom management pack authoring, extending Service Manager (SCSM) classes or custom PowerShell. However, … Continue reading “Simple Self-Service App Deployment with ConfigMgr, SCOrch and SCSM”

Inside System Center #2: OpsMgr Dashboarding – Show Notes

In this episode, we had a panel to discuss the host of dashboarding options for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. This is a video podcast, so be sure to check out the demos of each vendor presented in this episode!  Watch the episode at https://youtu.be/NuMAUKEDkx0 Savision Resources related to Savision courtesy of Cameron Fuller … Continue reading “Inside System Center #2: OpsMgr Dashboarding – Show Notes”

Running Windows 8.1 Phone Emulator Outside of Visual Studio 2013 and 2015

I wanted to use the Windows Phone 8.1 Emulator for testing and demo without  Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 RC. So in this article, I have captured some details to supplement the available info found in miscellaneous (and now dated) blogs written for the Visual Studio 2012 time frame. Perhaps most significantly, we are going to install the … Continue reading “Running Windows 8.1 Phone Emulator Outside of Visual Studio 2013 and 2015”

Inside the MS Cloud Episode 5 – Azure IaaS v2 (resources and downloads)

In this episode, we do some show-and-tell with Azure Resource Manager, the next generation of template-based deployment for Microsoft Azure. If you are new to Azure IaaS v2, there is some how-to in this session you may find helpful. Software Resources The following are the software-related items mentioned in the show. PowerShell Tools for Visual … Continue reading “Inside the MS Cloud Episode 5 – Azure IaaS v2 (resources and downloads)”

Enabling Notepad++ as an Editor for Azure Resource Manager Templates

When you begin working with Azure Resource Manager templates, you will immediately need a JSON  editor to work with the Azure Resource Manager template language. While your best option is Visual Studio (more on this in another post), it is not free and may not be an option if you do not have an MSDN subscription … Continue reading “Enabling Notepad++ as an Editor for Azure Resource Manager Templates”

Inside the MS Cloud Episode 4 – Hybrid Identity with EMS

If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, and come spend an hour with Azure expert and PowerShell automation Guru Wes Kroesbergen. Wes works with SoftChoice, billion dollar+ LAR, where he specializes in EMS deployment for clients of all sizes. When it comes to EMS, my buddy Wes knows his stuff! He brings … Continue reading “Inside the MS Cloud Episode 4 – Hybrid Identity with EMS”

Inside System Center Podcast #1- Show Notes

In this episode of “Inside System Center”, we discuss the announcements around System Center 2016 and pondered the future of Microsoft’s management stack based on announcements from MS Ignite 2015 in Chicago. If you are not yet up to speed on the technical details behind the latest announcements from the Ignite conference, this is one … Continue reading “Inside System Center Podcast #1- Show Notes”

Sample Azure Automation Runbooks from My #MVPvConf Session

I’ve had some requests for the Azure Automation runbooks I used in my Azure Automation webhooks demo in my MVP Virtual Conference session. To ensure they are easily accessible, I have published them to the Microsoft Technet Gallery. The runbook titles and links are listed below. Start All VMs in Specified Azure Resource Group https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Start-All-VMs-in-Specified-2b811205 … Continue reading “Sample Azure Automation Runbooks from My #MVPvConf Session”

Quick Tip: Using Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Cmdlets in Azure Automation

This tip addresses a problem you are sure to have if attempting to work with the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) PowerShell cmdlets within Azure Automation in May 2015. I should preface by sharing that I believe this situation may change as the story evolves with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and PowerShell, as the Azure Automation … Continue reading “Quick Tip: Using Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Cmdlets in Azure Automation”

Inside the Microsoft Cloud Podcast #1 – Show Notes

It’s official, we have just finished recording episode 1 of the Inside the Microsoft Cloud Podcast! We kicked things off with a recap of the a announcements from the Microsoft Build conference last week, along with a look at what to expect from the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago this week. Watch the podcast on … Continue reading “Inside the Microsoft Cloud Podcast #1 – Show Notes”