SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Schedules

Schedules enable you to define when a Workflow or Activity can run. For example, there may be times when it is inappropriate to run some Workflows, such as running a backup Workflow on a main server during regular business hours. 1. Checking a Schedule This Workflow uses the Check Schedule Activity to match the current … Continue reading SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Schedules

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SCORCH : Remediating SCOM Alerts Using Orchestrator

IT Snacks!

One of the most effective Orchestrator runbooks is the ability to remediate SCOM alerts, If you receive a certain SCOM alert and you used to solve it following manual tasks everytime, you can create a runbook which can automate it all..

It is assumed that there is a SCOM server up and running monitoring an IIS8 website and integrated with SCO.

without further ado let’s jump in :-

This is the final runbook we are going to create and I will walk you through some activities :-

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As you see we are going to create a runbook that will investigate the stoppage and the unavailability of an IIS 8 website, without Orchestrator you used to ping the related server, check IIS services and make sure they are all up and running, we can make all that in one runbook to ping the related server and to check for any stopped…

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SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Computer Groups

System Center 2012 – Orchestrator is designed to interact with all of your data center systems. Computer groups let you target selected activities against a set of similar computer systems instead of a single computer. By configuring the activities in your runbook to use a computer group, you have the flexibility to add computers dynamically … Continue reading SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Computer Groups

In telemetry we trust?

More than patches

Telemetry is one of those things that tends to divide a room. On one hand it’s productive and accurate feedback for your product of choice and on the other hand it’s big brother spying on what you’re doing in that product. I wanted to share a recent experience with you based on my recent upgrade of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to the recent 1710 release as it may make you change your mind.

The long awaited 1710 release was made available last week a little before midnight in the UK on 20/11/17 (or 11/20 in the US Smile). The next morning I fired up my lab which runs the current branch version of SCCM, ran the early update ring PowerShell script and proceeded to whizz through the wizard in a speedy not hastily fashion. This was lab after all so on with the day job and I’ll check…

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Power BI : Active Directory v/s SCCM Boundaries

Purpose : Active Directory Sites and System Center Configuration Manager Boundaries are hard to keep in sync - especially in an environment where there are regular changes and several team managing each technology separately. This Power BI dashboard solution will help analyze and reduce down the gaps in SCCM. The dashboard will help SCCM administrators … Continue reading Power BI : Active Directory v/s SCCM Boundaries

ConfigMgr : OSD : How To Create a Bootable USB Windows 7 Build Disk

Prerequisites The following are required to build the Windows 7 USB Media: Windows 7 Machine USB Removable Drive   Step by Step: How to prepare the USB The USB device must be prepared prior to generate the stand alone media. On a Windows 7 PC, Insert the USB device and launch the command line in … Continue reading ConfigMgr : OSD : How To Create a Bootable USB Windows 7 Build Disk

ConfigMgr : Discovery Methods in System Center Configuration Manager 1706 CB

In Today’s tutorial, we learn about the discovery methods in System center configuration manager. We have below discovery methods in System Center Configuration Manager. - Active Directory Forest Discovery - Active Directory Group Discovery - Active Directory System Discovery - Active Directory User Discovery - Heartbeat Discovery - Network Discovery Active Directory Forest Discovery By … Continue reading ConfigMgr : Discovery Methods in System Center Configuration Manager 1706 CB

ConfigMgr Guide : Holistic Standardization and Fine Tuning

This is one guide that will take your SCCM skills and environment to a whole new level ! This would give you good insight into your infra and also let you understand how the enterprise class Microsoft Suite is behaving under the hood. The guide has also been implemented in several real world production environments … Continue reading ConfigMgr Guide : Holistic Standardization and Fine Tuning

SCCM Troubleshooting : Ironing out Patching for ConfigMgr 2007 (upto 95% compliance)

This guide will take you through troubleshooting guides, tips, tricks and tools to achieve 95%+ compliance in your environment and maximum coverage. The guide assumes the following environmental conditions:   Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 WSUS 3.0 SP2 used as base for Software Updates Windows Client endpoints Three tier SCCM hierarchy   - … Continue reading SCCM Troubleshooting : Ironing out Patching for ConfigMgr 2007 (upto 95% compliance)