Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine

Quite some time ago I demonstrated a solution for automating the notification and approval process for System Center Configuration Manager Application requests. I’ve received numerous requests since that time to make the program demonstrated in the demo available for public consumption. Today I will be making the application, the source code, and documentation available for…

Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Demonstration Videos

Short Introduction Videos: I will be adding videos to this section as they are created. Simple Functionality – demonstration of CMAAE in action. [View:–3rw:0:0] Configuration: – Simple configuration. [View:] Delegation (This is Important) – demonstration of delegation configuration. [View:] Detection and Notification Runbook – Configuration of the included detection and notification sample Runbook. [View:]

Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Detailed Documentation

 Index: Introduction:Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine Overview:CMAAE Portal Installation and Core Configuration:Delegation:Detection and Notification Overview:Sample Detection and Notification Runbook:Sample Detection and Notification PowerShell Script:Post Approval Automaton Overview:Sample Post Approval Automation Runbook:Sample Post Approval Automation PowerShell Script: Disclaimer: The Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine is designed as a sample solution and is not intended for ‘out…

Building Intelligent Delay Within Orchestrator Runbook Solutions: Activity Looping

Often times when automating a multi-step process, there is a need to build into this automation a certain amount of delay. For instance, if I have rebooted an application server, we not only need to wait for the OS to come back online, but also the application host services to come back online before adding the…

MMS2013 Session Now on Channel 9 – Patching a Hyper-V Cluster with Orchestrator / Configuration Manager – Including Downloadable Runbook Exports!!!

Good day all – if you were able to attend MMS2013 hope you had a great time, if not, no worries you are in luck. All MMS2013 sessions should now be available on Channel 9. Check out my session ‘Complex Maintenance Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Orchestrator: Patching a Cluster’ – ….


Determine if CU1 has been applied to a 2012 Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Site, Admin Console, and Client – Where’s the Versioning?

With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU1 deployments starting to roll, I have received a few inquiries into how to determine if CU1 has been appropriately applied. As a cumulative update is not a major update, the version of your Configuration Manager Site will not be incriminated. That said, both the Configuration Manager Administration…


Determine if a Configuration Manager Distribution Point is a Distribution Point Group Member – PowerShell

As I am working with the 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (and CU1) PowerShell CMDLETs, the potential for automation around both the management and deployment spaces of Configuration Manager are expanding. That said, I have run against a few automation solution requirements that could not be met using the native PowerShell CMLETs. No worries though – WMI…


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Determine Reboot Pending State Using WMI / PowerShell / Orchestrator Runbook

While recently working on a Runbook solution for patching Windows Failover Clusters, I ran into the need of detecting if the Software Update installation process had placed the target system into a reboot pending state. After doing some research, I found many ‘loose’ methods for reboot detection, however nothing concrete. That is, until I happened…