Automating OpsMgr Part 7: Updated OpsMgrExtended Module

Introduction This is the 7th 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 I dedicated part 4-6 on creating and managing groups using the OpsMgrExtended module. I was going to continue on this topic and demonstrate how

Automating OpsMgr Part 6: Adding Monitoring Objects to Instance Groups

Introduction This is the 6th 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 In part 4, I have demonstrated how to create empty instance groups and computer groups using the OpsMgrExtended module and in part 5, I’ve demonstrated how to add a Windows Computer object to a

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

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

Collecting ConfigMgr Logs To Microsoft Operation Management Suite – The NiCE way

Introduction I have been playing with Azure Operational Insights for a while now, and I am really excited about the capabilities and capacities it brings. I haven’t blogged anything about OpInsights until now, largely because all the wonderful articles that my MVP friends have already written. i.e. the OpInsights series from Stanislav Zheyazkov (at the moment, he’s written 18 parts so far!): https://cloudadministrator.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/microsoft-azure-operational-insights-preview-series-general-availability-part-18-2/ Back in my previous life, when I was working on ConfigMgr for living, THE one thing that I hate the most, is reading log files, not to mention all the log file names, locations, etc. that I

How to Create a Squared Up Visio Dashboard for an Existing Distributed Application

Background OK, it has been over a month since my last blog post. Not that I’ve been lazy, I’ve actually been crazily busy. As you may know, I’ve started working for Squared Up after Ignite. So, this is another blog about Squared Up – this time, I’ll touch base on the Visio dashboard. If you haven’t heard or played with Squared Up’s Visio Dashboard plug-in, you can find a good demo by Squared Up’s founder, Richard Benwell in one of Microsoft Ingite’s SCOM Sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUc2RSaoHtI If you already have a Visio diagram for your application (that’s been monitored by

Writing PowerShell Modules That Interact With Various SDK Assemblies

Over the last few months, there have been few occasions that I needed to develop PowerShell scripts needed to leverage SDK DLLs from various products such as OpsMgr 2012 R2, SCSM 2012 R2 and SharePoint Client Component SDK. In order to be able to leverage these SDK DLLs, it is obvious that prior to running the scripts, these DLLs must be installed on the computers where the scripts are going to be executed. However, this may not always be possible, for example: Version Conflicts (i.e. OpsMgr): The OpsMgr SDK DLLs are installed into computer’s Global Assembly Cache (GAC) as part

A SMA Integration Module For SharePoint List Operations

Background Many Microsoft System Center Orchestrator and Service Management Automation (SMA) users may agree with me, that these two automation platform does not have feature rich end user portals natively. Although System Center Service Manager can be used as a user portal for triggering SCORCH/SMA runbooks, Microsoft SharePoint is also a very good candidate for this purpose. Integrating SharePoint with Orchestrator and SMA is not something new, many people have done this already. i.e. System Center Universe America 2014 – Orchestrating Daily Tasks Like a Pro (by Pete Zerger and Anders Bengtsson) Service Management Automation and SharePoint (by Christian Booth

Using SMA to Building Your Own Microsoft OpsMgr Management Pack Catalog On SharePoint 2013

Background Over the years that I’ve been working with OpsMgr, for me, the Microsoft Pinpoint MP Catalog was a one stop shop for getting Microsoft management packs. More information about the Pinpoint MP Catalog can be found in Marnix’s post: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/pinpoint-management-pack-catalog.html Based on the information came out in TechEd Europe 2014, looks like there will be changes introduced to the System Center Pinpoint site (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2014/Ch9-34, from 09:00 onwards). And it seems the link from Marnix’s post https://pinpoint.microsoft.com/systemcenter is no longer valid. So I’ve decided to do some experiment, see if I can generate and maintain a Microsoft MP catalog on-premise,

What Have I Been Up To

This blog has been a bit quiet lately. This is because I have been very busy, and it’s just all the things I’ve been working on have not been eventuated yet. I just want to quickly post a short update here to share some information with everyone. ConfigMgr 2012 Client Management Pack Update I have spent the last couple of weeks updating the ConfigMgr 2012 Client Management Pack. I thought it would only take me few days but it turned out it has taken a lot longer than what I expected (2 solid weeks with over 10 hours each day

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