High Resolution Azure Governance Icons

Had a handful of folks reaching out looking for the link from Twitter. Get it below   https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Azure-Governance-Icons-a2d535ff By request, this zip file contains five high resolution SVG icons for Azure Governance components, listed below. blueprint.svg governance.svg management-groups.svg policy.svg resource-graph.svg I suspect these icons will appear in some future release of the icons and stencils … Continue reading “High Resolution Azure Governance Icons”

Early chapter preview of ‘Inside OMS’ version 2

There have been many inquiries into if the band would be getting back together for a second version of the very popular “Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite“. Version 2 is 16 chapters of the latest and greatest of Microsoft OMS…and it’s coming soon. When? I am happy to report we are well into the authoring process … Continue reading “Early chapter preview of ‘Inside OMS’ version 2”

5 ways to secure your SQL data in Microsoft Azure

Data security in the cloud is of chief concern not only to healthcare and financial services, but anyone with sensitive data of any kind that should only be disclosed to authorized parties. No discussion of enterprise security would be complete without a look at data protection and governance. For purposes of this discussion, data comes … Continue reading “5 ways to secure your SQL data in Microsoft Azure”

Switch from dynamic IP to IP Pool in VMM 2016

Recently I migrated a VM from standalone Hyper-V server in 2016 to a Hyper-V cluster managed by Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016. The VM was using DHCP for addressing and I wanted to flip it to get its address from the IP pool assigned to its logical network in VMM. However, even with the VM … Continue reading “Switch from dynamic IP to IP Pool in VMM 2016”

5 TIPS FOR MODERNIZING YOUR PROCESS AUTOMATION STRATEGY

Don’t get me wrong, I love System Center Orchestrator (as you will see here AND here), but it is important to know when it is time to move on. Well my friends, it’s time. Some months ago now, Microsoft publicly announced that their investment in new features Orchestrator had come to an end, and that a cloud-first … Continue reading “5 TIPS FOR MODERNIZING YOUR PROCESS AUTOMATION STRATEGY”

Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Tao (@MrTaoYang), Stan (@StanZhelyazkov), Anders (http://contoso.se)  and I have been working on a project for the last few weeks. We wanted to bring a learning resource for the MS Operations Management Suite to the community that is complete, comprehensive, concise…and free (as in beer). While we finish final editing passes over the next couple of weeks, we … Continue reading “Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite”

Centralized Logging Strategy for Azure Automation Hybrid Worker with OMS

Many System Center Orchestrator administrators longed for centralized logging of Orchestrator runbook events and results. With no native centralized logging facility, many administrators used a simple SQL database as a centralized logging repository. While not ideal, this method is functional for a single data center. Think about the challenges of implementing this strategy on a … Continue reading “Centralized Logging Strategy for Azure Automation Hybrid Worker with OMS”

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”

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”

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)”