Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 3

Following on from the previous post – this time I create a separation between development and production. I’ve created a build script to be used in the dev environment – it scans each of the script files and if the first line matches “Configuration” then it appends a DEV suffix to the configuration name and…

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Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 2

This is a continuation from the post here where I created a build and release pipeline for my DSC configurations. This post looks at attaching some process around when a build and release should be completed. I’ve used my dev branch in Git for a development build and the master branch for a production release….

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Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 1

Update: Part 2 is located here and Part 3 is here I’ve been recently involved in creating some DSC configurations and using Azure Automation DSC to host them. However what I wanted was a way to continuously deploy the configurations and have them updated on the servers as they are altered in source control. There…

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Change in focus…

I forgot I haven’t touched this in a while – but will not be posting anything about Service Manager any more. I’m now changing focus to all Automation related technologies – specifically Azure Automation and PowerShell Desired State Configuration.

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Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49556 The portal server requires some configuration of roles before the setup can be run. Below is a DSC configuration block which you can run to configure the web server pre-requisites. Configuration PortalWebServer { Node localhost { WindowsFeature WebServer { Ensure=”Present” Name=”Web-Server” }…

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Domain Join Using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation account. There are a few caveats to doing though – in this blog I will take you through joining a computer to a domain using Azure Automation DSC. First things first I suggest you read https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-dsc-overview/ and…

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Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49556  The portal server requires some configuration of roles before the setup can be run. Below is a DSC configuration block which you can run to configure the web server pre-requisites. Configuration PortalWebServer    {     Node localhost        {         WindowsFeature WebServer            {            Ensure="Present"           …

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Domain Join using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation account. There are a few caveats to doing though – in this blog I will take you through joining a computer to a domain using Azure Automation DSC. First things first I suggest you read https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-dsc-overview/ and…

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Creating a View for the Primary Owner

I had a request recently to build a view which showed all Incidents where the primary owner was the console user. Sounded simple enough but took awhile because of the criteria. As I use the Advanced View Editor so I can make columns look nicer I included what I did to customise the view below….

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Install Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Role

Goodbye Orchestrator! Welcome to Azure Automation (AA) and it’s awesome new authoring and runtime components. The Hybrid Worker role now allows you to store your Runbooks in the cloud but execute them in your on-premise environment. Coupled with the new graphical authoring this is the future of automation. So how do I set it up?…

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