Azure Automation Runbook: New-FakeVirus

Often when you are playing with security related products, you would need to create dummy/fake viruses on your computers. The most common way to do this is to create a EICAR test file (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EICAR_test_file). I have used this method in the past when testing the Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection management pack in OpsMgr. Today I needed to use it again when I was preparing a demo for the OMS Malware Assessment. I thought, why not make an Azure Automation runbook that automatically create the EICAR test file for me on remote computers, so I can trigger it manually or schedule

Start A Child Runbook From Azure Automation Hybrid Worker on the Same Hybrid Worker Group

Today I was writing a PowerShell runbook (let’s call it Runbook A) that’s designed to run on on-prem hybrid workers. At the end of Runbook A, I needed to kick off another runbook (let’s call it Runbook B) that must run on the same Hybrid Worker group. Because I don’t want to hardcode the Hybrid Worker group name in the script (or using an Automation variable), I wrote a very simple function that returns the Hybrid Worker configuration (including the Hybrid Worker group name) from registry if runs on a Hybrid Worker. To use it, simply place the function shown

Azure Automation Webhooks Now Support Hybrid Workers

My friend and fellow CDM MVP Pete Zerger just pinged me and told me he just spotted that Azure Automation webhooks now support targeting Hybrid Workers. The webhook configuration used to look like this: (Source image from David O’Brien’s blog: http://www.david-obrien.net/2015/05/azure-automation-webhooks/) Currently, the webhook configuration looks like this: Few days ago when Pete and I delivered the Azure Automation session at Microsoft Ignite Australia, in one of our demos, we used Webhook to kick off a process to create AD user accounts on On-Prem Active Directory using Hybrid Workers. Because Webhook did not support Hybrid Workers back then, we had

Automating OpsMgr Part 19: Creating Any Types of Generic Rules

Introduction This is the 19th 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 Automating OpsMgr Part 5: Adding Computers to Computer Groups Automating OpsMgr Part 6: Adding Monitoring Objects to Instance Groups Automating OpsMgr Part 7: Updated OpsMgrExtended Module Automating OpsMgr Part 8: Adding Management Pack References Automating OpsMgr Part 9: Updating Group Discoveries Automating OpsMgr

2015 Global Azure Bootcamp – Melbourne Event

For those who are actively engaged in Microsoft System Center and Azure community may already aware that there is a global Azure Bootcamp event taking place later this month (April 2015). This year, the Azure bootcamp is going to be held at 195 confirmed locations on Saturday 25th April. More information about this global event can be found here: http://global.azurebootcamp.net/ My fellow SCCDM MVP Daniel Mar is the organizer for the Melbourne event. Daniel has already put a great effort in organising this event (BIG thank-you to Daniel), and we now have a great line-up for Melbourne – with totally

Using Azure Automation to Build Your Own Microsoft OpsMgr MP Catalog on SharePoint Online

Background Previously, I have posted how to build your own Microsoft OpsMgr MP Catalog on SharePoint 2013 using SMA. It is a solution that you can implement on-prem in your own environment if you have existing SharePoint 2013 and SMA infrastructure in place. As I mentioned at the end of the previous post, I have also developed a solution to populate this MP catalog on a Office 365 SharePoint Online site using Azure Automation – a 100% cloud based solution. Because of the differences in APIs between on-prem SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint online, one of the runbooks is completely different

Using the SendEmail SMA Integration Module in Azure Automation

Over the last couple of days, I’ve spent sometime on Azure Automation (SMA in Azure). The first thing I did was imported and configured the SendEmail and SendPushNotification SMA Integration Modules that I have posted earlier. I created a simple test runbook to send an email and a push notification to my android phone:

However, I found 2 issues related to the SendEmail module. I’ll go through both of the issues in this post. Issue 1 When I executed this runbook, it failed to send the email message. I got this error: Cannot find the ‘Send-Email’ command. If this

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