A Simplified Way to Send Emails and Mobile Push Notifications in SMA

Background For those who knows me, I’m an OpsMgr guy. I spend a lot of time in OpsMgr and I am very used to the way OpsMgr sends notifications (using notification channels and subscribers). In OpsMgr, I like the idea of saving the SMTP configuration and notification recipients’ contact details into the system so everyone who has got enough privilege can use these configurations (when configuring alert subscriptions). Over the last few months, I have spent a lot of time on SMA (Service Management Automation). As I started building more and more runbooks and integration modules, I really miss the

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Using PowerShell and OpsMgr SDK to Get and Set Management Group Default settings

Over the last couple of days, I have written few additional functions in the OpsMgrSDK PowerShell / SMA module that I’ve been working on over the last few months. Two of these functions are: Get-MGDefaultSettings – Get ALL default settings of an OpsMgr 2012 (R2) management group Set-MGDefaultSetting – Set any particular MG default setting Since I haven’t seen anything similar to these on the net before, although they will be part of the module when I release it to the public later, I thought they are pretty cool and I’ll publish the code here now. Get-MGDefaultSettings

This function

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Use of ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP: Real Life Examples

Last week, while I was assisting with few production issues in a ConfigMgr 2012 environment, I had to quickly implement some monitoring for some ConfigMgr 2012 site systems. By utilising the most recent release of ConfigMgr 2012 Client management pack (version 1.2.0.0) and few DCM baselines, I managed to achieve the goals in a short period of time. The purpose of this post is to share my experience and hopefully someone can pick few tips and tricks from it. Background We are in the process of rebuilding few hundreds sites from Windows Server 2008 R2 / System Center 2007 R2

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PowerShell Script to Add MP References to Unsealed Management Packs

Background Few months ago, I have written a script to remove obsolete MP references from unsealed management packs and have also built this into the OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP. Last week, I needed to write a script to do the opposite: creating obsolete MP references in unsealed MPs. In the past, some of the MPs I have released had issues with creating overrides in the OpsMgr operational console. i.e. the OpsMgr 2012 Self Maintenance MP and the ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP. Both of them have one thing in common: the phrase “2012” is a part of the MP namespace, and

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Updated ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) Client Management Pack Version 1.2.0.0

Background It’s only been 2 weeks since I released the last update of this MP (version 1.1.0.0). Soon after the release, Mr. David Allen, a fellow System Center CDM MVP contacted me, asked me to test his SCCM Compliance MP, and possibly combine it with my ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP. In the ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP, the OVERALL DCM baselines compliance status are monitored by the DCM Agent class, whereas in David’s SCCM Compliance MP, each DCM Baseline is discovered as a separate entity and monitored separately. Because of the utilisation of Cook Down feature, comparing with the approach in

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