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 And it seems the link from Marnix’s post https://pinpoint.microsoft.com/systemcenter is no longer valid.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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