How to create daily reports with System Center Operations Manager 2012 and PowerShell – Part 1

This series of blogs aims to show administrators how to create daily reports summarising the health of Operations Manager using PowerShell. This should reduce the overheads required for daily health reviews of their system environments. This first entry will serve as an introduction, explaining how PowerShell can be used to extract information from Operations Manager to…

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How to Build a Consecutive Event Monitor for a Windows Azure Application in Operations Manager

Building a consecutive event monitor for a Windows Azure Application can be very useful. Azure applications should throw exceptions when something goes wrong, sometimes they are minor issues, other times they are major. Building monitoring for this can be difficult. Should we mark an application as critical if an exception is thrown? The answer is…

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Possible Way Of: Helping you to get the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM2012) Management Pack 5.0.7705.0 to work

  If using the Management Pack in subject you may be experiencing issues with the discoveries related to the Central Administration Site (CAS) and Primary Sites.     You may think that those Discoveries don't work? That's not in fact true…     Whilst the "typo" on the Management Pack Guide and other resources don't…

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Possible Way Of: Dealing with multiple instances returned by Get User activity and incrementally create user accounts with a System Center Orchestrator 2012 runbook

Let’s say you have to accomplish the following: Create new user accounts in Active Directory In case the user already exists you need to create a new distinct SAM account name The new SAM account name should be incrementally named in case another ones exists If you use a Get User activity and multiple instances are…

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Exporting Log History Data from Orchestrator

Orchestrator keeps a log of activities for previous Runbook executions. The log history view in the Runbook Designer is one of the most heavily used functions in my Orchestrator environment. It’s very useful in determining what is happening when an activity fails. I have been looking for a quick and easy way to export this…

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How to Publish a Complex Windows Azure Application with System Center 2012 Orchestrator

Following on from my previous post about how easy it was to publish an application to Windows Azure with Orchestrator, I thought it useful to complicate things and include a few scenarios we see customers using with their Windows Azure Applications. The cases: Publish the Windows Azure Application with RDP enabled. Create a SQL Azure…

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How to Publish a Windows Azure Application with System Center 2012 Orchestrator: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

The Orchestrator team recently released the Beta Windows Azure Integration Pack for Orchestrator in System Center 2012 SP1. TechNet Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721956.aspx Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=268320 This Integration Pack is full of activities to throw at Windows Azure and manage the following configuration items of your Windows Azure subscription: Certificates Deployments Cloud Services formally known as Hosted Services…

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Untrusted Forests

We had an interesting thread internally on Untrusted Forests and hierarchies in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. As part of that thread we discovered that Neil Peterson has a series of posts covering the various options. These are definitely worth reviewing if you’re in the situation where you have to support Untrusted Forests: Blog 1…

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How to install software updates using the client-side SDK

One more script from me today. In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager we have deprecated our old COM interface from 2007 (this one here). This has been replaced, along with a few other legacy COM interfaces, with a new set of WMI classes in the appropriately name root\CCM\ClientSDK namespace. This namespace existing on each Configuration…

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How to search System Center 2012 documentation on TechNet using Bing (no…not that way)

A not so techie post today. J The ConfigMgr UX team (docs team) blog here that explain how to use a feature of Bing to search their documentation (the MSDN/TechNet team’s SDK blog post here about the feature). This feature lets you search just for the documentation for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager rather that…

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