Understanding VM Availability in Azure

When discussing Azure Virtual Machine (VM) resiliency with customers, they typically assume it is comparable to their on-prem VM architecture and as such, features from on-prem is expected in Azure.  Well, it is not the case, thus I wanted to put this together to provide more clarity on the VM construct in Azure to better…

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Enabling Registration of DNS Reverse (PTR) record for Azure IaaS VMs

I was asked to setup an infrastructure in Azure IaaS for a legacy application that requires IPv4 reverse DNS lookup (Limited to the IaaS environment).  So, I setup VMs in Azure, promoted a VM as an Active Directory Domain Controller (Single forest/domain), installed DNS and configured a Reverse DNS zone.  For those who have tried, they probably…

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Operations Manager – Certificates from Concept to Deployment

The following is a "mini-guide" I developed to help understand, obtain and troubleshoot OpsMgr communication using certificates.  This information is based on my experience(+struggle!) and understanding of the use of certificates to authenticate and process data flow for OpsMgr 2007 and 2012.  This guide contains information about: OpsMgr Certificates Overview and Concepts How to obtain an OpsMgr…

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Operations Manager – Get Company Knowledge using PowerShell and Operations Manager SDK

When I was asked by a customer to provide the Company Knowledge associated to an alert, as part of an alert forwarding process, I was a little surprise that it wasn’t as obvious as I thought it would be using the Operations Manager PowerShell cmdlets.  So, I started to search for a solution.  I’ve seen some…

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Operations Manager – How to create a Dynamic Distributed Application using Seed Discovery and PowerShell

This is a sample SC Operations Manager Management Pack (MP) that builds a Distributed Application (DA) dynamically based on a seed (registry key) discovery.  This sample builds a DA based on SC Orchestrator.  In this blog, I will detailed the discovery process on how to dynamically populate the DA Components group "All Web Sites" using a PowerShell script. Overview…

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Orchestrator – Get Runbook GUIDs using PowerShell

So how do you start a Runbook using PowerShell?  This seems easy as Microsoft already provide some code Start a Runbook using PowerShell, but there is a catch.  To use the code, you must know the GUID of the Runbook and the parameters (if any).  So how do you get the MUST HAVE GUIDs?  I…

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