SCORCH : Create your first simple Orchestrator runbook (Automating AD User Account Creation)

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Welcome to the blog .. to be simple .. System Center Orchestrator is a workflow tool dedicated to automate repeated tasks .. this is done by integrating SCO with other systems by using what is called the integration packs and setting conditions that will trigger the solution you design “The Runbook” to do the repeated tasks you used to do one by one automatically reducing time and cost, I assume you have a little knowledge of Orchestrator as this blog is not dedicated to be an intro to SCO neither explaining SCO architecture ..

In this blog we will do the following (high level steps):-

1- Set the initialize data activity to receive the AD user account first name, last name and SAM account name (login name), get this activity from the “Runbook Control” area in the activities list.

2- Use the “Generate Random Text” activity to generate a random…

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ConfigMgr : Hardware Inventory flow

Being Configuration Manager Administrator

SCCM ..(Hardware Inventory)

Hardware Inventory

Hardware inventory is a feature in itself and functions independent to the other features of SCCM, but it closely depends on a successful deployment.

SCCM Setup has to complete successfully. The Hardware inventory feature on the server side solely depends on setup and successful SQL install. All the tables from the default sms_def.mof should get correctly created in SQL with the right credentials.

Similarly, for the hardware inventory agent to function as per requirements on the advanced client the client setup should have completed successfully and the client should have access to the MP for the advanced client. On the Advanced client the Inventory agent’s functionality is dependent on the running of the SMS Agent Host service (ccmexec).

The entire hardware inventory feature is dependent on the sms_def.mof file present in the clifiles.srchinv folder on the SiteServer. If that file is deleted or made corrupt…

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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

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)

Powershell : OpsMgr : SCOM 2012 Prereqs Powershell

Start-Transcript -Path c:transcript0.txt -noclobber# This scripts needs unrestricted accessWrite-Host "This scripts needs unrestricted access (Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted.)" -ForegroundColor GreenWrite-Host "The prereq setup for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager takes around 15 minutes depending on your internet speed" -ForegroundColor Green# Setting the variables.$folderpath0 = 'C:Source'$ShareName = "Source$"#Check if folder exists, if not, create itif (Test-Path $folderpath0){Write-Host … Continue reading Powershell : OpsMgr : SCOM 2012 Prereqs Powershell