Manage Virtual Machines Using Windows PowerShell Direct

Manage Virtual Machines Using Windows PowerShell Direct

Coming with Windows Server 2016, PowerShell Direct is a new feature which gives you a way to run Windows PowerShell commands in a VM from the host. Windows PowerShell Direct runs between the host and the VM. This means it doesn’t require networking or firewall requirements, and it works regardless of your remote management configuration. Windows PowerShell Direct works much like remote Windows PowerShell except that you do not need network connectivity. To connect to the VM from a host,…

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Delegate Virtual Machine Management in Hyper-V

Delegate Virtual Machine Management in Hyper-V

The most simple and effective method of enabling others to manage Hyper-V and virtual machines is to add them to the Hyper-V Administrators local security group for each of the Hyper-V hosts to which you plan to delegate management. However, this might not be the most secure method because doing so gives the new administrators permissions to change virtual switch and host settings in addition to VMs. To delegate access to individual VMs, you need to modify the Hyper-V Authorization…

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Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

This article covers the installation of the SCOM Veeam MP for VMware (version 8). If you are not aware, the Veeam Management Pack for System Center provides integration, monitoring, advanced reporting, and detailed topology features for virtualized systems and their hosts, and the associated network and storage fabric. This allows the virtual environment to be integrated into multiple System Center components, including System Center Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager. At this time, the Veeam MP for…

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Automatic and Manual Resource Pool Membership in SCOM

Automatic and Manual Resource Pool Membership in SCOM

One of the new features in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager was the Resource Pool. A resource pool is a collection of management servers and/or gateway servers used to distribute work amongst themselves and take over work from a failed member. And by default, there are three resource pools. AD Assignment Resource Pool All Management Servers Resource Pool Notifications Resource Pool But from experience, Gateways and Management Servers should not be mixed in pools. Besides, in some situations, you will…

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Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 3

Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 3

To finish this series, in this article we will configure DNS records and the website which will host AIA and CDP locations. In the end, we will have a fully operational Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 You can retrieve the other articles of this series following these links: Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 1 Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 2 You can obviously adapt theses…

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Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 2

Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 2

To continue this series, in this article we will continue the deployment of our Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 by deploying the Enterprise Subordinate Issuing CA. You can retrieve the other articles of this series following these links: Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 1 Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 3 Like for the root CA, you need to install Active Directory Certificate Services…

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Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 1

Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 1

In this series, we will see how to deploy a two tier PKI hierarchy in Windows Server 2016: Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 2 Installing a Two Tier PKI Hierarchy in Windows Server 2016 – Part 3 If you are new to the enterprise PKI concepts, let me give you some vocabulary and best practices. In Windows Server using AD CS role, your PKI can have several forms using the different component based…

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Modify PowerShell Version of Orchestrator “Run .Net Script” Activity

Modify PowerShell Version of Orchestrator “Run .Net Script” Activity

By default System Center Orchestrator 2012 (event R2 latest CU), Run .Net Script activity will launch PowerShell in v2 and x86 mode. But nowadays, the Orchestrator runbook service is installed on Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 or even Windows Server 2016 who used natively at least Powershell v3 and above. Besides a lot of useful modules and cmdlets are implemented in PowerShell v3 and above. In fact, you can already get around the problem by running the script remotely on another…

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Deduplication Basics & Best Practices

Deduplication Basics & Best Practices

After receiving many questions about deduplication module for Windows 10 (article). I decided to write this little article to give some best practices and usages. Note that data deduplication is disabled by default and is not supported for certain volumes, such as any volume that is not an NTFS file system or any volume that is smaller than 2 GB. You can retrieve the entire list of deduplication cmdlets here. When you want to enable data deduplication on one or more volumes you need…

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Remove List of SCOM Orphaned Agents in PowerShell

Remove List of SCOM Orphaned Agents in PowerShell

I faced this need for a customer need, so I wanted to share with you this little article. In order to remove a list of SCOM orphaned agents (e.g. computer doesn’t exist anymore) you can use this script. Obviously, it will only remove agents from SCOM console, but it will not uninstall agent from the computer (we will see how to manage this in another article).

You can actually use either a plain list of gray agents or .csv file as…

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