Automating the clean-up of Configuration Manager Maintenance Collections

Background Most organizations using System Center Configuration Manager implement collections configured for maintenance tasks. Administrators generally monitor these collections on a weekly\monthly schedule and in some instances are required to delete the machines within these collections, for example: collections containing Obsolete Clients. Scenario My customer was looking for a method to streamline their weekly\monthly maintenance…

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Monitoring Application Deployment Failures in Configuration Manager

Background One of the key features of System Center Configuration Manager is Application deployment. Most of our enterprise customers have invested heavily in their administrative time and skills in managing the deployment of applications to thousands of machines within their environment.   The Scenario With numerous applications deployed to collections, my enterprise customer found difficulty…

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Unable to start SCOM ACS collector service – Event ID 4661

Problem Description and Symptoms: The Operations Manager Audit Collections Service is not starting with the following error and event Id: Event ID 4661 Error :AdtServer encountered the following problem during startup: Task: Load Certificate Failure: Certificate for SSL based authentication could not be loaded Error: 0x80092004 Error Message: Cannot find object or property. Solution: 1….

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Creating symbolic links with PowerShell DSC

Background In an Azure Windows VM you automatically get a temporary disk drive mapped to D: (on Linux it’s mapped to /dev/sdb1). It is temporary because the storage is assigned from the local storage on the physical host. So if your VM is re-deployed (due to host updates, host failures, resizing, etc.), the VM is…


Resolving WSUS Performance Issues

Introduction I have recently come across multiple customers that are having issues with a High IIS Worker Process, causing the Servers to flatline,  so I wanted to take some time here to run you through all of the steps that you can follow to remediate this issue.     So what is the Issue exactly?…


Intune/EMS enrollements (ADFS scenario)

Many of customers are facing problems on Intune enrollment with Android devices; it can be: Missing a certificate : you need to ensure that the all the certificate chain is installed on the ADFS proxy/servers (check it here : https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest) When enrolling in the company portal the authentication doesn’t work: Check the TLS version on the…

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Arabic Language Pack for SCSM Self Service Portal

Hi All, one of the challenges we face in our region is providing users with their native Self Service Portal Language. Since Arabic is not part of built-in languages shipped with Service Manager Self Service Portal, we were looking into different options such as having 3rd party portal but not now 🙂 We spent some time…

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Efficient way to retrieve work item details from a Linked Query using TFS API

Requirement: Retrieve WorkItems details of a linked query using TFS API Problem Statement: We can query a linked Query item using TFS Workitem Query language, But the challenge with linked query is, it displays only SourceId and TargetId along with LinkTypeId. It does not display other important fields like title, status, description e.t.c In Order…

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Tool to calculate 90th percentile for common transactions on a visual studio Load test run

Requirement As a performance tester, I need to calculate 90th percentile for common transactions, from the Transaction summary of Load Test Runs Problem Statement In the visual studio Test transaction summary report, we have scenarios where in same transaction reported multiple times with different response times(due to load and application behavior). Example: Login transaction which…

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Read data from multiple data sources using Visual studio WebTest

Requirement As a performance tester, I should be able to read the data from any number of the datasource based on the my requirement (Ex: Different environments Test,UAT,Prod) We can accomplish the same using below code snippet     [DataSource(“TestDataSource”, “System.Data.SqlClient”, Constants.TestDataConnectionString, Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.WebTesting.DataBindingAccessMethod.Sequential, Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.WebTesting.DataBindingSelectColumns.SelectAllColumns, “Users”)] [DataBinding(“TestDataSource”, “Users”, “userid”, “TestDataSource.Users.userid”)] [DataSource(“UATDataSource”, “System.Data.SqlClient”, Constants.TestDataConnectionString, Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.WebTesting.DataBindingAccessMethod.Sequential, Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.WebTesting.DataBindingSelectColumns.SelectAllColumns, “Users”)] [DataBinding(“UATDataSource”, “Users”,…

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