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…


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…


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

Curiosity has gotten the best of me recently and this time around System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has peaked my interest.  The following is a quick overview of what has been created thus far: Prerequisites A physical server with at minimum 8 (prefer 16) GBs of RAM.  This is above the minimum system requirements but…


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…


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…


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…


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: Windows 8.1 Start Screen Customization via PowerShell

 The Windows 8.1 Start Screen can be utilized as an important tool to all employees of respected organizations to be kept informed.  One of the challenges faced by IT Professionals is the need to properly setup said Start Screen.  This is to ensure employees gain immediate gratification in regards to the company dashboard like functionality a properly…

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