Operations Manager 2012 – Create Override Packs via PowerShell

  An example PowerShell script to automate the creation of override packs within Operations Manager can be downloaded from Script Center. This shows how you can easily setup and follow the Management Pack life cycle for change control via PowerShell This script facilitates the creation of unsealed override packs to match the name of the sealed management pack with the…


Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator Tool

Hi! For those of you who are used to working with Microsoft Azure, the Azure Pricing calculator should be fairly familiar: As a side note: it now includes calculation for the recently announced Azure App Services! Now how about the Azure Cost Estimator Tool? This new tool was released on the 27th March 2015, and it enables…

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Secondary Sites and SQL Server Express 2012

Lately, I’ve been helping my customer plan for a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade from SP1 to R2.  After a particularly troubled initial upgrade from RTM to SP1 a couple of years ago, I was emphasising how important it was to give the pre-upgrade checklist its due diligence.  Most of the items on the list are fairly…

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Service Manager – CMDB Computer Maker

An example PowerShell script to automate the creation of items within the Service Manager CMDB can be downloaded from https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Service-Manager-CMDB-c8628456. This shows how to easily populate information when SCCM connector usage is not appropriate for the task. The script creates and populates the computer Configuration Item in Service Manager via the CSV file import process detailed here…


How To Auto Uninstall User Device Affinity Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

Before Christmas, a colleague came to me with a customer scenario where they were leveraging User Device Affinity to pre-deploy software installations to users, however they were looking for a method to automatically uninstall the software when either a user’s device affinity changed or the application was revoked. The application virtualisation white paper discusses methods…

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