How to launch an Azure Automation runbook on a Hybrid Worker via PowerShell

With the update in Azure PowerShell 1.0, quite a lot has changed. Working with Azure has been divided into cmdlets for working with Azure 1.0 (Azure Service Management) and Azure 2.0 (Azure Resource Manager). With the GA release of the new Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) that was called “the preview portal” forever, has arrived. In short, the PowerShell cmdlets for … Continue reading “How to launch an Azure Automation runbook on a Hybrid Worker via PowerShell”

A story about a woman, a man and their dogs…

UPDATE 10/16/2015 – The 72 hour challenge goal was met! Together with the community, Leks recieved approximately ~1,150 Euro in funding, including the $500 match!  I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine and if it resonates with you, ask you to lend a small hand in one of a couple … Continue reading “A story about a woman, a man and their dogs…”

Veeam Management Pack v8 for VMware and Hyper-V

Veeam have released version 8 of their management pack for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. Veeam is great for comprehensive monitoring of both Hyper-V and VMware deployments. In mixed Hyper-V and VMware mixed environments, the Veeam pack also offers a very consistent view of fabric health across the two platforms, providing a unified monitoring experience … Continue reading “Veeam Management Pack v8 for VMware and Hyper-V”

Now Available: Updated Best Practices for Monitoring VMware

You can download an updated copy of a whitepaper I wrote with my friends Alec King and Cameron Fuller, discussing effective monitoring of vSphere hosts and virtualized workloads with the latest version of the Veeam MP for VMware. Download this white paper and discover the 6 key concepts to get the most out of VMware … Continue reading “Now Available: Updated Best Practices for Monitoring VMware”

Inside System Center Podcast #4 – Windows 10 Launch Episode (Show Notes)

With the imminent release of Windows 10, Dan and Pete take some time out to discuss what Windows 10 release, coming July 29th, and a range of topics including availability, deployment training, and device experience. They also manage to fit in some Surface 4 and Windows Phone hardware news. Links to all the resources discussed (and some we … Continue reading “Inside System Center Podcast #4 – Windows 10 Launch Episode (Show Notes)”

SCOM Health Check Reports v3 on GITHUB

Oskar and I recently collaborated to update the SCOM Health Check Reports we wrote so long ago for Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM). We have posted the managment pack and guide on the Microsoft TechNet Gallery at https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Health-Check-Reports-c32e8f93. We have posted the source code on GITHUB in a repository as well. The GIT repository is located … Continue reading “SCOM Health Check Reports v3 on GITHUB”

How to resolve non-OS disks offline in multi-disk VM deployment from template

Best practices for server configuration generally suggest installing applications / app data to a separate disk and volume than the OS. However, when you deploy a Windows 2008 or 2012 VM from a VM template in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you may find the second disk (vhd or vhdx) containing the application partition … Continue reading “How to resolve non-OS disks offline in multi-disk VM deployment from template”

Inside System Center 3: Best Free System Center Solutions – Show Notes

In this episode, Dan and Pete talk about some of the more robust free solutions for System Center 2012 R2, including a couple of gems you have not seen before! Links to all the resources discussed (and some we didn’t get to) below! New Show Updates To get updates on the latest episodes of Inside … Continue reading “Inside System Center 3: Best Free System Center Solutions – Show Notes”

How to Query Azure SQL Databases via PowerShell with SMO

In previous articles, I have demonstrated how to create Azure SQL Server and database instances via PowerShell in: How to Create an Azure SQL Instance via PowerShell How to Create an Azure SQL Database via PowerShell Certainly you could create both your Azure SQL Server instance and the database in the Azure Portal, so do … Continue reading “How to Query Azure SQL Databases via PowerShell with SMO”

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”