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30
Sep

CRM Outlook Plug-in with Office 365

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Recently I ran across an issue getting my outlook 2013 CRM plug-in connecting to our Office 365 CRM instance. I ran through the typical solutions: Repairing the CRM installation Reinstalling the Windows Foundation 3.5 Windows feature Downloading a different version of the CRM plugin Entering in the URL for CRM manually Choosing the CRM Online […]

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25
Sep

Change the Beginning IR Number in Service Manager

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You would never want to change the auto-incrementing value range in SCSM 2012…would you? Well, I came across an instance where I needed to (which I will explain in detail in future blog posts). Essentially, I was migrating from a previous SCSM 2012 SP1 environment (that was originally migrated from 2010) to a new SCSM […]

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17
Sep

Patching SQL AlwaysOn with Orchestrator

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Patching SQL AlwaysOn with Orchestrator is a bit different than the patching Hyper-V clusters with Orchestrator. If you’ve looked up the community runbook for cluster patching from Neil Peterson found here you’ll notice he does a great job of outlining the solution. He breaks down the processes to into manageable runbooks.   Before we get to […]

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11
Sep

SCOM: Syntax Error during CentOS 7 Discovery

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Unexpected Error during CentOS 7 Server Discovery   As most readers are aware, Microsoft added support for cross-platform monitoring of Unix and Linux systems to Operations Manager (SCOM) back in 2009 and has been improving the capability with each new release. SCOM 2012 R2 ships with specific management packs and cross-platform agents designed for certain popular enterprise Linux distributions […]

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10
Sep

Importing Drivers and creating Driver Packages using PowerShell

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Anyone who manages drivers and driver packages for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 OS Deployment likely agrees that using the Admin GUI for importing drivers and creating driver packages can be a very time consuming process.  Multiply that by number of OS’s, Architecture types and computer models you support and that can add up to a […]

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03
Sep

Retrieving SCOM Groups from Management Packs via PowerShell

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I received a request from a client the other day to assess their SCOM environment and collect a report displaying the member count for their custom groups. This seemed like a pretty simple request at first glance, especially since I could easily distinguish their custom groups from any others since theirs were all saved in […]

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02
Sep

Configuration Manager Client Health with PowerShell DSC

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PowerShell Desired State Configuration is an extremely promising technology that was released as part of PowerShell 3.0 and has continued to make improvements in PowerShell 4.0.  DSC can be used to not only detect problems with configuration drift but also to completely configure a system according to your exact specifications.  You can perform checks on the […]

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