MMS BB53 session demo – Automated Protection of Resources

As per the first post in this series, this article documents a demo that we did at MMS last week. In this demo, I showed how we could automatically add a newly deployed server into the DPM protection cycle.  This is a very simple demo, with only 4 activities! The complete runbook looks like this….

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Opalis – Add a User to a Service Manager Review Activity

This scenario came through my inbox recently, and what looked like a fairly straight forward runbook turned out to have a couple of gotcha’s in it. The scenario requested was to pick up the affected user of a Change Request, and make them part of the approval process.  In Service Manager, this means making them…

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Opalis 6.3: Automating Hyper-V Cluster Patching using the Configuration Manager IP (Part 3)

In Part 1 of this article, I began to talk about the process of maintaining Hyper-V Clusters. The process of "draining" a host (moving guest VM’s off to another cluster node) was accomplished using a PowerShell script. The next steps include assigning updates and then monitoring the updates through the process of installation. In Part…

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