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

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

System Center 2012 R2 – Update Rollup 11

Check It Out

I’ve been a little bit quiet recently on the blogging front for a number of reasons, and I missed advising of the release of UR10, however I’m now back and can immediately advise that UR11 is now available for System Center 2012 R2. UR11 doesn’t include updates for all the products in the System Center suite, so go take a look and see if any apply to you at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184867… Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR9 Released!

Hot off the Press

Yesterday, UR9 for System Center 2012 R2 was released and is now available.  It brings fixes and features to Operations Manager, Service Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, SPF and WAP.  The descriptions and download links for the updates are available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3129757. Happy updating!! David

OMS – New MS Blog

Important Announcement

Ed Wilson, aka the Microsoft Scripting Guy, has launched a new Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) blog. Read the full announcement at, https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msoms/2016/01/04/welcome-to-the-microsoft-operations-management-suite-blog/.   Enjoy! David