Deploying Software from Configuration Manager using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

This post is the 12th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This…

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Sync Configuration Manager Application Collections in Service Manager

This post is the 11th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This solution allows…

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Using an RDS Gateway to Connect to a Remote Lab

In my role I often have to demo solutions at conferences, customer locations, or training rooms. I prefer to travel with only my Surface Pro and a portable USB monitor (which I use for multi-mon) so I depend on the ability to remotely connect to either my Azure or home lab. In most cases I…

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Monitoring Exchange 2010 Database Backup and Mount Status

The Exchange 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 / 2012 does some of its monitoring remotely rather than on the mailbox server itself. This means that various PowerShell scripts will run on a schedule from the RMS (OM 2007) or the All Management Servers Resource Pool (OM 2012). One of the recommendations…

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Get All Windows XP Machines in an Active Directory Forest

Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. Some organizations might not be completely off Windows XP and need a good way to determine the status of those workstations. I combined some PowerShell that I wrote a while back to accomplish this: Pinging a List of Machines in PowerShell Get Counts of all Operating…

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Monitoring Point-of-Sale Devices Remotely Using System Center Operations Manager

Back in 2010 I developed a management pack to monitor retail point of sale devices. The design takes on an architecture similar to our Cross Platform monitoring solution in that a watcher reaches out to the device and pulls monitoring data at an interval and then the watcher evaluates the data retrieved. This model could…

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URL Monitoring Part V–Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool

This post is a continuation of the following series: URL Monitoring Part I – The Design URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors URL Monitoring Part IV – Getting More Advanced URL Monitoring Part V – Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool I made several modifications…

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Shutting down your Azure Virtual Machines during non-working hours

I have a few Azure accounts which I use for labs, mainly virtual machines running various applications such as System Center. It works great but I want to limit the utilization of these virtual machines to minimize the associated costs. Since these are just labs I usually don’t need them late at night and possibly…

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Configuration Manager 2012 Direct Membership Collection Manager

I recently wanted to experiment with creating a user interface with PowerShell. I found that it isn’t very easy without some sort of development tool. I decided to try out the very handy PrimalForms Community Edition from Sapien. To download this create an account, sign in, and download PrimalFormsCE.exe. I used the tool to create…

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Monitoring Operations Manager Agent Health

I’m working on clearing out some old items on my “to blog” list. This one happens to be a management pack I wrote back in 2010. Operations Manager agents use heartbeats to determine if an agent is working or not. There are some situations, however, where agents continue to heartbeat but other workflows fail to…

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