Setting “Enable Proxy” by default for SCOM Agents

Setting “Enable Proxy” by default for SCOM Agents

More and more management packs require your SCOM agents to act as a proxy to allow data flow, this means alerts in the console, and an annoying manual task enabling them as they appear. Something i recommend and tends to make more sense is to just set this as a default setting, and this works […]

How Do Containers Make Things Easier for Application Development?

It works on my computer! We’ve all been there.  We’ve installed, configured, or developed something that works perfectly on “my computer” or “my dev environment”, but under release testing it stops working. There is a period of troubleshooting that diagnoses an application / plugin version mismatch, or configuration constraint. Then there is the deployment window […]

Containers: Making the Most of Cloud Solutions

Containers: Making the Most of Cloud Solutions

Containers: at one point seemingly a fad, now a major component in large enterprise. Estimations from Gartner point to half of global organizations running containers in production from 2020, and the once turbulent landscape of containerization solutions (with Kubernetes, Docker and Mesosphere going head to head in the orchestration space) has now begun to calm […]

Forcing TLS1.2 when using Azure Hybrid Runbook Workers

Forcing TLS1.2 when using Azure Hybrid Runbook Workers

We have some Azure automation running to query a REST API using Azure Hybrid Runbook Workers. Recently the connectivity started failing with error of “The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel.” This was caused by the deprecation of legacy TLS Ciphers (1.0 and 1.1) The work around is to force the PowerShell […]

Azure Automation – backup solution for old operating systems – Windows Server 2003 / 2008

Azure Automation – backup solution for old operating systems – Windows Server 2003 / 2008

During one of my projects, I worked on scripting a procedure for backing up virtual machines with the Windows Server 2003 / 2008 operating system. Microsoft provides Azure Backup Services for protecting virtual machines hosted in Azure. However, that service does not officially support legacy operating systems older than Windows Server 2008 R2. The main […]