Time zone issues when copying SCOM alerts

Background When trying to copy-paste (ctrl+c, ctrl+v) alerts from the SCOM console to an Excel worksheet or just a text file, we noticed that the Created field values where different from the ones displayed in the console. There was a two-hour difference. As it turns out, the server was configured in a GMT+2 time zone, … Continue reading Time zone issues when copying SCOM alerts

Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 3

This blog post is the third (and last) part in the 'Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory In Domain Services" series. In the previous parts, we covered some major mistake like configuring multiple password policies using GPO and keeping FFL/DFL at a lower version. The 3'rd part of the series is no exception. we'll go … Continue reading Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 3

Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 3

This is third part of the series. In the previous posts we have prepared test environment for PAM deployment, created and configured all needed service accounts, installed SQL Server and prepared PIM server for further installation. Now we have two forests – prod.contoso.com and priv.contoso.com. In PROD we have set up Certificate services, Exchange server, … Continue reading Step by step MIM PAM setup and evaluation Guide – Part 3

Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 2 (Active Directory-Based Activation)

In the previous part of the series, we talked about KMS, MAK, and how to choose between the two when looking for the right activation method in your environment. Today, we are going to talk about Active Directory-based activation or ADBA in short. Series: Part 1 - KMS and MAK Part 2 - Active Directory-Based … Continue reading Understanding Volume Activation Services – Part 2 (Active Directory-Based Activation)

Using ‘Scripts’ Feature in Configuration Manager for Ad Hoc WSUS Maintenance

Background   We all know how important WSUS maintenance is and there are numerous posts on how to automate and the scripts/queries to run. Have a read through This amazing Blog from Meghan Stewart | Support Escalation Engineer if you are looking at automating the WSUS Maintenance. It has all the required information on When, … Continue reading Using ‘Scripts’ Feature in Configuration Manager for Ad Hoc WSUS Maintenance

System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Introduction I get asked by a lot of customers "How can we reduce the amount of time spent on manually troubleshooting agents, correctly identify what is wrong with the systems, quickly and automatically remediate the issues on the systems"? Even though we do have a built-in check for the client that runs daily, as described … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues