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

David Allen

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Azure Stack – Development Kit (Single Node)

Azure Stack provides cloud computing to your on-premises environment allowing many Azure services to run from your own data centre.  With a portal consistent to Azure, and with many of the same Azure services available, Azure Stack not only allows for running applications on premises, but can also act as a gateway to moving to cloud computing. The key use case scenarios for Azure Stack are: Disconnected and Edge environments.. Read More

Cireson Survey – Pre-Selecting the Satisfaction Slider

Just a quick post to notify any of you Cireson users out there of a something I posted to the Cireson Community site recently.  If you are a user of the Survey App, or looking to use the Survey App, this may be useful, as it describes how you can update your survey templates with default values.  In particular, this example shows how to set the satisfaction slider to a.. Read More

SCOM – Monitor SCSM Data Warehouse Jobs

The data warehouse jobs in SCSM are very important as they are responsible for maintaining the DW databases, synchronising the management packs between the operational and DW management groups, extracting, transforming and loading data, and processing cubes. These are all the jobs that should be enabled and should be running on their defined schedule. If any of these jobs don’t run successfully, data cannot be loaded into the DW, could.. Read More

SCOM – Updated Unsealed MP Backup Management Pack

There has been a community MP around for some time now that provides an automated mechanism for backing up your unsealed management packs in a SCOM management group.  This was always a must have MP as a deleted management pack is not recoverable, so a backup copy of the management pack is your only failsafe. The original version of this backup management pack was available on SystemCenterCentral, however it has.. Read More

Microsoft Azure – Securing Accounts with Access to the EA Portal

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

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

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

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

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”

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