Finally my video from Campus Days 2011 is out, you can watch it below: please be aware that it is in Danish language. Demos can be downloaded here: http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/jgs/my-demos-from-campus-days-2011/
VBScript: Uninstall and Install iTunes (Upgrade) using automatic product code finder script (or any other product, by using product name)
Follow up to my post about getting product code! This time we do a full uninstall and install of iTunes, using automatic product finder!
Today Microsoft release alot of new versions of System Center software: Available System Center 2012 Products: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection. System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta [...]
Script for getting product code from product name. Very usable for deployment of software via configuration manager or similar systems.
Download my demos from campus days 2011
I couple of months ago, Microsoft held a System Center Orchestrator Community Evaluation Program, during this program, a contest was announced. Points was awarded for tweets, re-tweets, blogs and video blogs. Each month the person with the highest number of point, won a trolley from Ogio I was so luck to be the Winner of August! Thank you! I won because of my 4 posts about System Center Orchestrator. I really intended to do more that month, but I got caught up in work. but today I received this nice prize: Perfect for my travels, when I [...]
In opalis the Log files for the action server was placed in "\opalis software\opalis integration server\action server\logs" read more about it here the opalis action server folder does still exist in Scorch 2012 Beta, but it does not contain a logs folder! Where is the log file then? It has been moved to a standard location in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft System Center Orchestrator\OpalisActionService\Logs here you will find all the info about the action service (runbook servers).
WMI/ConfigMgr Scripting: CreateEmbeddedObjectInstance (.NET) or SpawnInstance (VBScript) in PowerShell
During the development of the script I posted yesterday, I noticed that a lot of people had problem discovering how to create WMI objects in PowerShell. I found different suggestions, but they all had problems. When I have to create WMI object instances I use this this method, which I used in my old script about sharing folders here is an example: [crayon-59cac9db3334e512924191/] using configuration manager development we have to create a lot of wmi objects. Take a look at this SDK Sample in the VBScript example we have this line: [crayon-59cac9db3335a968607867/] and in the C# example it [...]
How do create service windows in configuration manager by using PowerShell.
Note about array in powershell. How to create empty arrays and a little trick for adding to arrays.
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Using Web Service in .NET – Part 1 – Creating a SharePoint 2010 Web part
How to create a simple web part for SharePoint that is connecting to the Orchestrator Web Service Sample project attatached.
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Creating an overview of RunBooks using Orchestrator Web Service and PowerPivot For Excel
In my opinion, one of the greatest improvements in Orchestrator compared to Opalis is the extended web service. Opalis did have a web service too, but the Orchestrator service has a more functionality. One way to utilize this new web service is by using PowerPivot for Excel. PowerPivot for Excel is an addon developed and published by Microsoft. You can read more and download a trial here using PowerPivot for excel , it is possible to connect to all different types of data sources and create real-time reports. It is really easy to do, specially with a web service like [...]
This article expands the "Write web site" runbook, by adding "Last updated" Date/Time by using "Common published data" in Orchestrator.
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Using Run .Net Script Activity – PowerShell: Inputting and Returning Data
This article describes how to use the Run .Net Activity to run PowerShell Scripts. I have created an example runbook which does the following: Start once every minute. Read a text file containing a list of sites/servers. Parse the list to PowerShell script. PowerShell script tried to ping each address and get the response time. PowerShell script output formatted HTML, ready to put inside a HTML Table, containing the addresses and response time. Runbook writes a web site based on a HTML template. The result is a website, in my case it looks like this: NB! some websites/server [...]
Run code when a new advertisement is created. This post contains a vbscript using async operations to catch the new advertisement, when it is created.
This post contains a collection of usable links for all infos, blogs and other stuff about Opalis and System Center Orchestrator
How to install the new System center Orchestrator Beta on a server that was previously a Opalis 6.3, when the setup insists that opalis is currently installed, even though you have uninstalled it.
Read all the details in Adam Hall blog Article It contains all the links you need! http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2011/06/17/orchestrator-2012-beta-all-the-useful-links.aspx Downloading as we speak, looking forward to testing the new version in my test environments! I will be blogging about different parts of the orchestrator for the next few months.
Opalis 6.3: Fixing the Operator Console Error “java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Files” on Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
How to fix: Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Files when installing the Opalis Operator Console on Windows Server 2008 R2
PowerShell: Creating new users from CSV with password and enabled accounts or How to Pipe into multiple cmdlets
How to create users from a CSV file, set their password and enable them in one command. This method shows you how to pipe the same output into multiple cmdlets by using the ForEach-Object Cmdlet.
The Configuration Manager 2007 SDK, has a lot of missing examples and parts that are not well documented. One of them is the part about User permissions and how to add them. During the development of the install script for our HTA solution, I had to create a HTA user, with special permissions for the different classes on the site server. I create function called "SetConfigMgrPermission" for this specific purpose. It is actually a quite simple function. I requires: Connection: this is a standard configmgr connection, created by the connect function from the SDK. The downloadable script contains [...]
How to fix “Device Manager is running in read-only mode because you are running it on a remote computer” on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
On my laptop i run Windows Server 2008 R2. This article shows you how I fixed "Device Manager is running in read-only mode because you are running it on a remote computer" problem.
When we are deploying OS via ConfigMgr, we usually do a cleanup of all old objects before creating the new object. This helps prevent errors and mistakes, and is pretty easy to do. We are able to use both SMBOIS GUID and Mac addresses for the cleanup. usually I recommend using mac addresses, since I have experienced that laptops who have had their mainboard exchanged, have the BIOS GUID of "0000-00000-0000-0000", this happens because the repair shop forgets to write in the GUID after the repair. The mac addresses are always usable , since they are not typed [...]
This is the post that describes the tool and configuration. Please view this guide http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/updating-the-package-source-in-configuration-manager-2007/ by my colleague Kent Agerlunds, on how to use it in a ConfigMgr Migration 1. Introduction As we start migrating from CM2007 to CM2012 one of the requirements is that the package source used for packages must be a UNC. I have seen many site installations where the package source is either a local source on the site server or a UNC pointing to the site server. In either case, you must somehow update the package source before starting the migration. This utility [...]