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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VEEAM Hyper-V Managment Pack for SCOM 2012

Are you using Hyper-V 2012? If yes then you you’ll likely want VEEAM Hyper-V Management Pack, to monitor your Hyper-V environment. Otherwise, you’re missing out.Disclaimer: I am just a user of the management pack, I am not affiliated with VEEAM in anyway and received nothing for writing about them, I just really like the management …

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Self Service Tasks: Remove all disconnected Citrix Sessions with Orchestrator

If you are running Citrix or Microsoft RDS you know that occasionally, or sometimes frequently, user sessions get stuck and need an admin to kick them off. Or you have a ton of “disconnected” users taking up licenses preventing new sessions from starting, this generally requires an admin to login to the Citrix console, whether …

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