AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory. During an engagement with a customer a couple of years ago, I needed to identify some info regarding their domain controllers. They were in the process of deploying System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) at the time, but it … Continue reading AD: Domain controllers – discover what you’ve got

Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Troubleshooting Task Overview

This is a continuation of a series on Azure AD Connect. Previous parts have mostly been focusing on the installation and configuring different user sign-in options for Azure AD. Links to these are provided in the summary section below. Now that we have covered the common setup options for Azure AD Connect, I would like … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Troubleshooting Task Overview

Moving Azure Virtual Machines to a different region

Background There are various scenarios in which you would want to move your existing Azure IaaS virtual machines (VMs) from one region to another. For example, if you already deployed in one region, and a new region support was added which is closer to the end users of your application or service. In this scenario, … Continue reading Moving Azure Virtual Machines to a different region

SCOM Effective Monitoring Configuration – Decoded

Since the advent of SCOM, one question that lingers among the admins and the end consumers is What is the effective monitoring configuration for a server or an object or an alert? Microsoft answered with Export-SCOMEffectiveMonitoringConfiguration PS Cmdlet which you can use to get effective config for an Instance (Object). This will export the data … Continue reading SCOM Effective Monitoring Configuration – Decoded

Use Azure Automation to install and configure the Log Analytics extension

In this post, I'll show how you can use an Azure Automation runbook to deploy and configure the Log Analytics extension to a group of virtual machines running either Windows or Linux. In case you're not familiar with creating a runbook, you can get started using the instructions here. Before we get started with the … Continue reading Use Azure Automation to install and configure the Log Analytics extension

System Center Configuration Manager – Powershell Query .MIF .SID and .SIC files in inboxes

The Issue Is there a script that can 'read' through the Configuration Manager inboxes ( \Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\sinv.box\BADSinv) and can output/return a list of computer names which failed their software inventory? There was a similar query that does this for Hardware Inventory by Querying *.MIF files $ConfigMgrBoxPath = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\inboxes\auth\dataldr.box\BADMIFS" Get-ChildItem -Path $ConfigMgrBoxPath … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – Powershell Query .MIF .SID and .SIC files in inboxes