OMSSearch Module Sample Runbook: Invoke-OMSSavedSearch

Over the last few days, I’ve been playing with the OMSSearch PowerShell / SMA / Azure Automation Module my friend and fellow SCCDM MVP Stanislav Zhelyazkov has created. I am now part of this project on Github and have become the 3rd contributor (after Stan and Stefan Stranger). The module was updated yesterday (version 5.1.1) with some of my updates. Today, I have written a sample runbook: Invoke-OMSSavedSearch. As the name suggests, it performs a user defined saved search. Note: due to the limitation of the OMS Search API, we can only retrieve the user defined saved searches. Therefore you

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Automating OpsMgr Part 5: Adding Computers to Computer Groups

Introduction This is the 5th instalment of the Automating OpsMgr series. Previously on this series: Automating OpsMgr Part 1: Introducing OpsMgrExtended PowerShell / SMA Module Automating OpsMgr Part 2: SMA Runbook for Creating ConfigMgr Log Collection Rules Automating OpsMgr Part 3: New Management Pack Runbook via SMA and Azure Automation Automating OpsMgr Part 4:Creating New Empty Groups In the previous post (part 4), I have demonstrated a runbook creating new empty instance groups and computer groups using the OpsMgrExtended module. As I also mentioned in Part 4, I will dedicate few posts on creating and managing OpsMgr groups. So, this

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World and Country Maps for Squared Up Visio Dashboard

In the recently released Inside System Center Podcast Episode 2: Dashboarding, I have demonstrated few Visio map dashboards in Squared Up. i.e. World Map: USA Map: Australia Map: These maps can be easily found via your favourite search engine (i.e. search “SVG maps”). I managed to find a good site where you can download the maps for most of the countries in SVG format: http://www.amcharts.com/svg-maps/ Once the .svg maps are downloaded, you can open it in Visio 2013, and start mapping the data to each shape like you normally wound with Squared Up Visio Plugin: Tip: Sometimes, the shape that

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Inside System Center Podcast Episode 2: Dashboarding

Last week, Pete Zerger, Lee Berg, Cameron Fuller and myself got together and recorded the second episode for the new Inside System Center Podcast series. The topic was OpsMgr dashboards. This episode was published last night, you can watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuMAUKEDkx0 Pete has also put together some show notes, which can be found on his new blog: http://insidethecloudos.azurewebsites.net/inside-system-center-2-opsmgr-dashboarding-show-notes/

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Automating OpsMgr Part 4: Create New Empty Groups

Introduction This is the 4th instalment of the Automating OpsMgr series. Previously on this series: Automating OpsMgr Part 1: Introducing OpsMgrExtended PowerShell / SMA Module Automating OpsMgr Part 2: SMA Runbook for Creating ConfigMgr Log Collection Rules Automating OpsMgr Part 3: New Management Pack Runbook via SMA and Azure Automation When developing management packs, it is very common to define various groups that contain objects discovered by the management pack. The groups can be used for overrides, maintenance modes, reports, scoping user access, etc. Generally speaking, there are 2 types of groups in OpsMgr: instance groups and computer groups. As

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MVP Renewed For the 2nd Year

Time flies. It has been one year since I firstly became a MVP in System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management. Last night, I have received the most important email of the year: I have been renewed for another year! It has certainly been a great journey so far. I’m looking forward to another awesome year!

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