Building A Microsoft Hyper-Converged Private Cloud Solution.

For my next blog I have decided to follow a project I am about to start with a larger client that is moving from VMware to a Microsoft Hyper-Converged solution using Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.  This part

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Posted in Configuration Manager (CB), Configuration Manager (current branch), DPM, Hyper-Converged, Hyper-V, Nano Server, Operations Manager 2016, Orchestrator/SMA, SDNv2, Software Defined Networking, Storage Spaces Direct, System Center, Virtual Machine Manager 2016, Windows Server 2016

Automating Computer Naming after Deploying Windows 10 Images

I was recently at a client planning on delivering a Windows 10 Pilot as normal.  However, during our kick off meeting a wrench was thrown into our standard practice.  The client didn’t have a working Configuration Manager or MDT environment

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Posted in Active Directory, OSD, PowerShell, Windows 10

Java EE WebLogic Manual Discovery and Universal Discovery Issues in SCOM 2012 R2

This week I was tasked to start monitoring WebLogic applications using our Operations Manager environment.  We have an existing OEM (Oracle Enterprise Manager) system in place that was our primary resource for monitoring Oracle Databases and WebLogic as well.   However,

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Posted in Operations Manager 2012 R2, SCOM 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2

Hyper-V and NAT Virtual Switch in Windows 10

Before Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, trying to NAT within Hyper-V, well was a challenge.

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Posted in Hyper-V, PowerShell, Windows 10

Upgrading Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 to System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (current branch – version 1511)

As of today the current branch version for System Center Configuration Manager is now available.   I won’t go into the new features or explain much about the new name.  However, you can read more about the current branch on the

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Include CU3 Client Update in OSD Task Sequences and Client Push Installations

Microsoft has added some nice features to ConfigMgr 2012 for instance the ability to auto upgrade your ConfigMgr clients.  Great feature however, it only includes service packs and revision upgrades.  So when a cumulative update comes out this feature is

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ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Collection Query – Systems by System Roles

Recently I needed to create collections that would contain servers with certain site system roles.  For instance I needed a collection that would list all the Distribution Point.  Here is the query that I used: select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name, SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System

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Posted in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2

PowerShell Deployment Toolkit – Deploying an Operations Manager 2012 R2 Lab

So a few months ago I was at the Arizona System Center User Group (AZSMUG) and our guest speaker did a demo on the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit PDT).  During a few of my longer flights and boring days (very few

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Deploying and Configuring Endpoint Protection for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2

Nothing fancy here but just my way of deploying Endpoint Protection using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.  I have it broken down into six sections.  Deploying the Role, Creating the needed device collections, creating the needed antimalware policies, creating

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Posted in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Endpoint Protection, SCCM 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2

My Love Hate Relationship with Windows Phone 8.1 (Developer Preview)

I recently upgraded my Nokia Lumina 521 to Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and want to share my experiences with WP 8.1. I will try to keep this blog short and to the point but I doubt it. I will

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Posted in Windows Devices, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.1
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