Hyper-V On-The-Go Part 2 – Enabling the Lab Engine

Boldly Going - The Shakedown Cruise In an earlier blog I laid out some basics needed to build your own portable lab. I focused on the hardware needed and the considerations you need to keep in mind to ensure a successful effort. The hardware, however, is merely a tool (albeit a useful one) and needs … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go Part 2 – Enabling the Lab Engine

SCOM: MSSQLServer Event ID 28005

Hey everyone, Theron (aka T-) here, Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) specializing in Active Directory, but also dabbles with all things Systems Center. Recently, while implementing SCOM 2019 in a customer's environment, I ran into an issue when trying to install agents; the discovery wizard would never complete the 'discovery' process. After making … Continue reading SCOM: MSSQLServer Event ID 28005

AppLocker – Part 1

Introduction:AppLocker has been around for a few years and whilst the concept is very simple, the implementation can get very complex. In this series of blogs, I will look at AppLocker rules and the implementation of these rules . Blacklisting vs WhitelistingThe first decision you face to decide if your organization can benefit from deploying … Continue reading AppLocker – Part 1

Infrastructure – System Center Operations Manager – SQL Query for SCOM Maintenance mode schedules

SCOM maintenance schedules list views only display names and comments. In order to view affected objects you are required to open the schedules to see the server list. This SQL query will display semicolon delimited list of the affects objects for each schedule. Below is a SQL query you can utilize to see all SCOM … Continue reading Infrastructure – System Center Operations Manager – SQL Query for SCOM Maintenance mode schedules

Configuration Manager: Software Updates install before deadline???

Recently I was helping a customer who was having a challenge with software updates in that some of their endpoints were installing software updates the day that updates were made available and not waiting until the deadline was set. After verifying that the software update deployment was setup correctly as shown below: We confirmed that … Continue reading Configuration Manager: Software Updates install before deadline???

SSRS – There are misconfigured data sources

Background Occasionally we may receive the following alert: SSRS 2012: There are misconfigured data sources Gentleman, Start your hacking So let’s rip open the MP and see what’s going on. After going recursively bottom to top I finally understood that this is the DataSource being referenced in the monitor/probe: <ProbeActionModuleType ID="Microsoft.SQLServer.2012.ReportingServices.ProbeAction.TSQLCountersReportingServiceCustom" Accessibility="Internal" Batching="false" PassThrough="false"> And … Continue reading SSRS – There are misconfigured data sources