(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V and Cloud

Microsoft Azure – Securing Accounts with Access to the EA Portal

Authenticator

When using/managing/administering Azure, or whatever else you may be doing with it, there are a few different sites that you may have access to.  There is the Azure portal, the Classic portal, the EA site, and potential other portals too. If, in your company, you have access to the EA portal (https://ea.azure.com) though, you have access to the root of everything running in Azure for your organization.  If your account details were.. Read More

SCOM 2016 UR1

sysctr2016

Update Rollup 1 for SCOM 2016 was released on the same day that SCOM 2016 went generally available.  UR1 must be installed as soon as you install SCOM 2016 due to the large number of fixes it contains. Download UR1 at http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3190029 And, that’s all I am going to say on the matter.  The rest I am going to leave to Kevin Holman’s step-by-step blog post…. UR1 for SCOM 2016.. Read More

SCSM – General Use SR Extensions

Good Advice

As you start to build your service catalogue in SCSM, and the number of Request Offerings grow and grow, the need for additional properties to store data also grows. For example, if you take my Create Announcement request offering (RO) example, there are six questions asked in order for the workflow to create the announcement.  All the answers to these questions will need to be mapped to properties in the.. Read More

SCSM & Cireson Portal – Announcements

Announcement

Being able to publish announcements in the Cireson Portal is a great way to get information out to the people, whether it is just to IT, or certain parts of the business, or the whole business. It’s particular useful to notify users of new request offerings when they become available, and when there are major IT outages!   What isn’t so great is that in the current portal version, only.. Read More

Azure – UK Data Centres

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A little while back now, Microsoft announced two new Microsoft Azure data centres in the UK… UK South in London and UK West in Cardiff.  This is great news for many companies that have been waiting to use Azure but needed their infrastructure and data to stay in the UK. While great news, take two moments before planning anything to check the services you need are actually available from the.. Read More

SCSM – Data Warehouse Installation Error “_PopulateUserRoles”

Install Information

When installing the SCSM Data Warehouse Management Server, it is really annoying when the installer reaches almost the end, and then fails and rolls back… Then, to make things worse, no useful error is returned and nothing useful in the installation log. One such example is where is fails with the message that _PopulateUserRoles failed.  I received this recently so went diving into the setup log to find a bit.. Read More

SCSM & Cireson – Password Reset Registration

Reset

One of the products offered by Cireson is their Password Reset application, which is a great tool for users to reset their own Active Directory account password.  It is simple interface for users in that all they need to do is enter their username, pick a method in which to receive their token, and then enter their token and new password… Password is reset! As an added plus, it is.. Read More

SCSM – Add Cireson Portal URL’s to Email Notifications

Cireson

If you have SCSM in your environment, one of the must have products is the Cireson portal, as it provides lightning fast access to SCSM through HTML5 web pages that render appropriately on any device in any browser.  Because of this, after any deployment of the Cireson portal, no one ever wants to use the SCSM console again unless they really have to. As the only requirement to view the portal.. Read More

System Center Universe 2016 – Europe

Berlin

This post I have written while sitting in Berlin Tegel airport waiting for my flight home after another great System Center Universe conference.   It was another three days of great informative technical sessions, all presented by experts who didn’t just know the subject matter in theory, they all have masses of real world experience.   Whether you are moving to the cloud, or still on-premises, or somewhere in between, there were sessions.. Read More

Azure Automation – Hybrid Runbook Workers in Proxy Environments

AzureAutomation

Azure Automation has been out for a while now, and is a very powerful tool that can automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and common tasks that are regularly performed in the cloud and on premises.  To provide automation within your own data centre, hybrid runbook workers can be deployed within your environment that will communicate with Azure Automation for it’s configuration and runbooks. For more information on what hybrid runbook workers can do and what.. Read More