(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft Azure, System Center & Hyper-V

David Allen

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Azure AD – Bulk Add Users from CSV

Overview I like many things about Azure AD, however one part of it that has proved extremely useful is the ability to add Guest Users using Azure AD B2B.  Being able to grant users access to hosted services, without having to provide another set of credentials, saves on  administration and support.  Plus, it saves another username and password for the consumer. With Azure AD B2B, your partner company uses their own.. Read More

Doesn’t Time Fly When You’re Having Fun!

The 27th October is always a memorable day for me, as once per year on this date I become just a little bit wiser (or, just older 🙂 ) Another reason it is a memorable date for a geek like me, is that Azure was launched on the 27th October back in 2008. Here is the announcement where Windows Azure (as it was called then) was announced 10 years ago….. Read More

Azure Virtual Machines – Blocking Internet Access using an NSG

By default, all machines provisioned in Azure have direct access to the internet, whether the VM has a public IP address or not. While this might be fine for some companies, not all will be be happy with this and will see it a big security risk. In my experience, most companies now control internet access using a proxy server to provide protection from the internet. The issue with providing.. Read More

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