PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 1 – Duplicate Computers

Introduction Hello World, Scott Williamson Senior Premier Field Engineer here. As a PFE, I frequently work with customers who ask how to cleanup Active Directory of old objects and data. To assist them in automating cleanup I have written several PowerShell scripts, functions, and workflows that I want to share in this blog series. Duplicate … Continue reading PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 1 – Duplicate Computers

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure DevOps

Introduction As with most things, there are a number of ways to utilize Azure DevOps to orchestrate your management of Azure Resources through terraform. This post will walk through a way that I have found to be successful and relatively easy to maintain. It will not however describe the many benefits of using an Infrastructure … Continue reading Getting Started with Terraform on Azure DevOps

System Center Configuration Manager – "Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed"

The Issue Recently I installed the Latest Tech Preview in my lab environment and while running an In-Console update I received an error "Configure SQL Server Service Broker - Failed". The Investigation If you watch a video Steve Rachui posted some time ago, there are some valuable tips for which logs to review and the … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – "Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed"

Manage Azure monitor with Azure Blueprint

Background Azure resources can be deploy and configure automatically by using ARM Templates, Azure Policy, PS scripts etc... those automation ways have it's limit to sets of allows and deny functions, And in particular, it can be configure only on the subscription level, with Azure Blueprint [Preview] you can manage policies and target it on … Continue reading Manage Azure monitor with Azure Blueprint

Protect Administrative Accounts with Authentication Policies and Silos

Introduction One of the recommendations to protect privileged accounts from credential theft is to prevent administrative accounts from exposing credentials to unsecure computers, on this post I will show you how to protect administrative accounts using Authentication Policies and Silos. Definition A quick definition from Microsoft web site.Authentication policy silos and the accompanying policies provide … Continue reading Protect Administrative Accounts with Authentication Policies and Silos

Hyper-V On-The-Go – 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 – 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