Updated MP Author’s System Center 2012 Orchestrator Management Pack

Background Over the last week or so, I’ve been busy creating Squared Up dashboards for various System Center 2012 components, which will be made publicly available through Squared Up’s new community site. While I was creating dashboards for some System Center components, I realised how little do the native MP from Microsoft offers (i.e. Orchestrator and Windows Azure Pack).  Luckily, some awesome MP developers have recognised this and released additional MPs to fill the gaps. i.e Brian Wren’s (aka MP Author) Orchestrator Runbook Sample MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Orchestrator-Runbook-90307b26 Oskar Landman’s Windows Azure Pack (WAP) MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-3855607d So in additional to creating Squared

My Experience Manipulating MDT Database Using SMA, SCORCH and SharePoint

Background At work, there is an implementation team who’s responsible for building Windows 8 tablets in a centralised location (we call it integration centre) then ship these tablets to remote locations around the country. We use SCCM 2012 R2 and MDT 2013 to build these devices using a MDT enabled task sequence in SCCM. The task sequence use MDT locations to apply site specific settings (I’m not a OSD expert, I’m not even going to try to explain exactly what these locations entries do in the task sequence). In order to build these tablets for any remote sites, before kicking

My Experience Migrating Hyper-V Clusters Using System Center Orchestrator 2012

Back in August / September last year, I spent sometime designed a set of Orchestrator runbooks to migrate Window Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V clusters to Windows Server 2012. I wasn’t going to blog this because it was designed to only cater for my company’s environment, not something that’s generic enough for everyone to use. I also wasn’t sure how well I can explain and document these runbooks in a blog post. Few of my colleagues and friends actually encouraged me to blog this one so I’ll give it a try (and not to disclose company related sensitive information). Background My

Failed to Connect to VMM 2012 via Service Manager Connector and Orchestrator VMM Integration Pack

I was thinking about how I can make my study room quieter and cooler as I had 4 desktop machines under my desks. The VMM server in my lab was running on a very old PC. Couple of weeks ago I bought a HP Proliant N54L Microserver and rebuilt the VMM server on it. I put a 128GB SSD (For OS and all the apps), a 1TB SATA (For VMM Library) and 2x4GB DDR3 memory sticks on it, it runs so quiet, I can hardly hear it. HP Proliant N54L:   Yesterday, I was going through the labs for Microsoft

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