Monitoring – Add Untrusted Servers to SCOM 2012 R2 Part 1 – Setup of Management Servers

I was recently at a client who wanted to monitor a bunch of untrusted servers. These servers were not in their new Active Directory domain, many of them, were in fact not in any domain. And they were not in any DMZ, so the Management Servers could see them just fine. Thus no gateway(s) were …

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Nanoserver and What it means to Me and You

Last week Microsoft announced and revealed Nanoserver. Which is an even more stripped down version of Server Core, whereby there literally is no interface, no way to login to the server at all. All management is done remotely. Since that announcement people have more or less been losing their minds. From the supporters that think …

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Self Service: Remove frozen or hung Citrix Sessions with Orchestrator

There is quite possibly nothing more annoying than having your Citrix session freeze. You’re working doing well, and then out of nowhere you can’t do anything or you leave for a break and come back and cant do anything. You then have to put in a helpdesk request which could take who knows how long …

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Add Managers Token in Service Manager for Self Service Portal

So we cleaned up our managers in Active Directory, we can now have managers find their direct reports in the Service Manager Self-Service Portal, right? Wrong. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t store the manager in the correct format that the portal wants, which is domainnameusername. I really hope Microsoft fixes this in the next version of Service …

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Set User’s Manager in Active Directory with Orchestrator

This runbook is inspired from Anders’ manager runbook he includes in his Password Reset runbook. Found here http://contoso.se/blog/?p=3085. Unfortunately in the environment I implemented this in, almost none of our managers actually had “manager” in their title, so his runbook would not work in its current configuration. In fact there was no unified keyword for …

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