Understanding the Partnership Between OMS and System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft announced new licensing options on October 1st 2106 making it very attractive for OMS managed servers to have a ConfigMgr license bundled with it. Could this be the renaissance of server management with ConfigMgr? Microsoft is currently evolving the two-decade old System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) offering into a “As a Service” model with multiple updates per…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Azure Backup To Protect Your Data

It has bee said that data is the new currency.  In light of this it is important to ensure organizations have seamless access to its data. Proper backup planning will ensure seamless access to in the case of a disaster. While many solutions are available (tape, off premise, etc), Azure Backup provides a solution enabling backups to securely…


System Center Tips: Fixing SCOM To OMS Connection Issues

With the newly released System Center Operations Manager Technical Preview 3 now available, I decided to have a go at enabling the integration between Operations Manager (SCOM) and the new Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) which was formerly known as Operational Insight or Ops Insight for short. It was during this testing that I encountered…

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Step-By-Step: Building A System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab Part 1

*This post was authored by Garth Gorling. Correction of author is forthcoming Virtualization, and more specifically Hyper-V , is awesome.  While I am knowledgeable about Hyper-V, I'm always interested in learning more.  I'm interested in having separate, isolated networks.  I want users to be able to create VMS in one IP space but not another. …

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Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Start Screen has the ability to be setup as an informational dashboard. This provides the ability for an employee to quickly glean required information, then just as quickly, set off to complete their required task.  The upcoming Windows 10 offering will further Start functionality providing choice of either the traditional…

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Windows 10 for IT Professionals

On September 30th 2014, Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore of the Windows team unveiled Microsoft’s latest client offering, Windows 10. With 1.5 billion users currently working with Windows, todays announcement embarks on the next chapter of client computing on path towards ubiquitous computing. What was also reviled was the importance of the IT Professional amidst…

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Step-By-Step: Creating a custom UNIX provider for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

When managing UNIX servers with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, the ability to configure collections, maintenance windows, and client settings are enabled to help management of said servers. Although the Configuration Manager client for UNIX does not have a user interface, you can force the client to manually poll for client policy.  Niel Orcutt, Senior Software Development…

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BYOD Basics: Securely Enabling iOS in the Workplace

In light of recent announcements, IT professionals are now awaiting the onslaught of requests to add new iOS devices into the organization or business said IT professional supports.  Embracing BYOD, through proper planning, thwarts the occurrence of Shadow IT and enables IT professionals to stay in control.  Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a great starting point in…

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Step-By-Step: Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to 2012 R2

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM) provides an effective IT enabler allowing for secure and scalable software deployment, compliance settings management, and comprehensive asset management of servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.  Coupled with Intune, SCCM can be the one window to rule them all.  Ensuring your organization is taking advantage of the latest…


Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows To Go Workspace

One of the great additions Microsoft included in Windows 8 was the ability to create a supported Windows workspace on a approved bootable USB drive.  Further enablement was added to the Windows To Go offering this past October alongside the upgrade offering of Windows 8.1.  The Windows Store is now enabled by default allowing Windows To Go users to roam to any…

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