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17
May

The 3 Biggest Lessons to be Learned from WannaCrypt

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Last week’s “WannaCrypt” ransomware attack not only exploited serious vulnerabilities and caused catastrophe for big name businesses around the globe, but it also highlighted some important lessons in IT environment security that a lot of organizations learn the hard way.   The level of disaster that attacks like these can cause for businesses is unfortunate [...]

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21
Dec

The 12 tips of SCCM

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03
Nov

Configuration Manager Current Branch: Non-Trusted Domains

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Howdy! I’m going to make this blog short and to the point because this topic can be cumbersome and intimidating to approach. It was difficult finding a concise blog giving me all the answers I needed. The scenario is a customer was wanting to manage SCCM agents across non-trusted domains, potentially across firewalls, while using System Discovery, […]

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21
Sep

The Model Portal: Intro

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Hi all, Automation tools are great! We all spend hours creating endless amounts of automation, but for who to consume? Do you have a good way to delegate to other IT personnel specific runbooks or individual PowerShell scripts with normalized input parameters to ensure the Automation will be executed successfully? Wouldn't it be nice if a portal could [...]

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29
Jul

Azure Automation Runbook to interact with On-Prem SQL via Hybrid Runbook Worker

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Hi all, I’ve been spending several of my minutes lately reading and writing to an on-prem SQL DB via a Hybrid Runbook Worker from Azure Auotmation; so I figured I’d share some learnings. In our custom developed solutions such as, our Automated Server Patching Solution for example, we’ll use custom SQL DB’s to track the workflows. This […]

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03
Jun

Server 2016 TP5

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Server 2016 is right around the corner and I’m sure everyone has copious amounts of free time to learn about the new features in Server 2016…No? This post can serve as a 101 list of features in Server 2016. Below you’ll find a small list of interesting features to get your learning path started in […]

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15
Jan

2012 R2 DirectAccess

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Looking to do 2012 R2 DirecAccess? You only want a single nic? And you want to use a NAT? Well read on then!     Recently we implemented DirectAccess for our internal infrastructure. A couple of items to note is that I’m not publishing the final configuration that’s been updated with the proper certificates, but […]

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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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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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25
Jun

System partition not set – PXE Boot SCCM 2012 SP1 CU3

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So the system partition not set.. huh? Read on… In SCCM 2012 SP1 Cu3 you have the ability to deploy Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, right…? Well yes, but it’s a bit of work. If you’re like some of our customers and have multiple System Center products, there may be an issue with upgrading […]

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