Using Azure Key Vault as the Password Repository For You and Your Team

Over the past decade, I have used several password management applications such as Password Safe, KeePass and LastPass. Out of these products, only LastPass is cloud based. I have been hesitate to use LastPass over the last few years and stayed with KeePass because of the LastPass data breach back in 2015. Few months ago, my friend Alex Verkinderen finally convinced me to start using LastPass again. But this time, in order to be more secure and being able to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), I have purchased a premium account and also purchased a YubiKey Neo for MFA. I understand

Managing Azure Automation Module Assets Using MyGet

Background Managing the life cycle of PowerShell module assets in your Azure Automation accounts can be challenging. If  you are currently using Azure Automation, you may have already noticed the following behaviours when managing the module assets: 1. It is difficult to automate the module asset deployment process. If you want to automate the module deployment to your Automation Account (i.e. using the PowerShell cmdlet New-AzureRmAutomationModule), you must ensure the module that you are trying to import is zipped into a zip file and located on a public location where Azure Automation can read via HTTP (i.e. Azure Blob storage).

PowerShell Script to Import and Update Modules from PowerShell Repositories to Azure Automation

PowerShell Gallery has a very cool feature that allows you to import modules directly to your Azure Automation Account using the “Deploy to Azure Automation” button. However, if you want to automate the module deployment process, you most likely have to firstly download the module, zip it up and then upload to a place where the Azure Automation account can access via HTTP. This is very troublesome process. I have written a PowerShell script that allows you to search PowerShell modules from ANY PowerShell Repositories that has been registered on your computer and deploy the module DIRECTLY to the Azure

Command Launching Microsoft Monitoring Agent Control Panel Applet

I have been refreshing my lab servers to Windows Server 2016. I’m using the Non GUI version (Server Core) wherever is possible. When working on Server Core servers, I found it is troublesome that I can’t access the Microsoft Monitoring Agent applet in Control Panel: Although I can use PowerShell and the MMA agent COM object AgentConfigManager.MgmtSvcCfg, Sometime it is easier to use the applet. After some research, I found the applet can be launched using command line:

OpsMgr Alert Tuning using OpsLogix EZalert

OpsLogix has recently released a new product to the market called “EZalert”. It learns the operator’s alert handling behaviour and then it is able to automatically update Alert resolution states based on its learning outcome. You can find more information about this product here: http://www.opslogix.com/ezalert/. I was given a trail license for evaluation and review. Today I installed it on a dedicated VM and connected it to my lab OpsMgr management group. EZalert Walkthrough Once installed, I could see a new dashboard view added in the monitoring pane, and this is where we tune all the alerts: From this view,

New Blogger in the Family

I have been blogging for six and half years and to this moment, I’m still enjoying it. Few months ago my better half has decided to start blogging as well. Although my partner also works in IT as a project manager, her real passions are photography and cooking. She has decided to start a blog focused on food and recipes. By doing this, not only she gets to create her favorite dishes, she also gets to take pictures too. Then there was a lot of preparation to get her started. I helped her registered her chosen domain name, got a

Speaking at ExpertsLive Australia in April

As many of you may already know, the legendary System Center Universe franchise has been merged with ExpertsLive, which is also a popular community event over in Europe. As the result, the upcoming SCU Australia has been renamed to ExpertsLive Australia. Unlike last year, instead of just an one-day event, it is going to be a two day event, with 3 tracks: Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise Client Management. ExpertsLive Australia 2017 is going to be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne on 6th and 7th of April. I will co-present 2 sessions with my friend and MVP veteran Pete Zerger

cPowerShellPackageManagement DSC Resource Updated to Version 1.0.1.0

Few days ago I found a bug in the cPowerShellPackageManagement DSC resource module that was caused by the previous update v1.0.0.1. in version 1.0.0.1, I’ve added –AllowClobber switch to the Install-Module cmdlet, which was explained in my previous post: http://blog.tyang.org/2016/12/16/dsc-resource-cpowershellpackagemanagement-module-updated-to-version-1-0-0-1/ However, I only just noticed that despite the fact that the pre-installed version of the PowerShellGet module on Windows Server 2016 and in WMF 5.0 for Windows Server 202 R2, the install-module cmdlet is sightly different. The pre-installed version of PowerShellGet module is 1.0.0.1, and in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2106, Install-Module cmdlet has the “AllowClobber” switch: In Windows

PowerShell Script to Create OMS Saved Searches that Maps OpsMgr ACS Reports

Microsoft’s PFE Wei Hao Lim has published an awesome blog post that maps OpsMgr ACS reports to OMS search queries (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wei_out_there_with_system_center/2016/07/25/mapping-acs-reports-to-oms-search-queries/) There are 36 queries on Wei’s list, so it will take a while to manually create them all as saved searches via the OMS Portal. Since I can see that I will reuse these saved searches in many OMS engagements, I have created a script to automatically create them using the OMS PowerShell Module AzureRM.OperationalInsights. So here’s the script: View the code on Gist. You must run this script in PowerShell version 5 or later. Lastly, thanks Wei for

OMSDataInjection Updated to Version 1.2.0

The OMSDataInjection module was only updated to v1.1.1  less than 2 weeks ago. I had to update it again to reflect the cater for the changes in the OMS HTTP Data Collector API. I only found out last night after been made aware people started getting errors using this module that the HTTP response code for a successful injection has changed from 202 to 200. The documentation for the API was updated few days ago (as I can see from GitHub): This is what’s been updated in this release: Updated injection result error handling to reflect the change of the

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