Install System Center Update Rollup Silently

Install System Center Update Rollup Silently

During writing an ARM deployment for Data Protection Manager 2016, i found the need to install UR2 silently as part of the custom script extension. The installer for the DPM UR2 update didn’t have any silent switches or unattended functionality out of the box, so i had to find another way. The PowerShell below allows […]

Service Manager 2016 Exchange Connector: The Connection to the Server was Unsuccessful

Service Manager 2016 Exchange Connector: The Connection to the Server was Unsuccessful

If you follow the deployment guide for the Exchange Connector 3.1 you’ll find when you get down to the hyperlink for the Exchange Web Services API it doesn’t work.  This can cause you to search the web which will return lots of links for different versions of the API.  You may be tempted to deploy […]

SQL Server 2016 Basic Availability Group with non-default endpoint port

SQL Server 2016 Basic Availability Group with non-default endpoint port

Antecedent During one of my latest implementations I configured a multi-subnet SQL Basic Availability Group (BAG) configuration in Azure. I also wrote a blog about that what you can read HERE. After that configuration, I was thinking about how to deploy 2 BAGs in the same SQL Instance using separate ports. As we know there […]

JSON Azure deployment: Create PowerShell script during CSE to allow scripting to continue after a reboot

JSON Azure deployment: Create PowerShell script during CSE to allow scripting to continue after a reboot

While working on a JSON Azure deployment we came across a scenario where we were needing to script after a reboot from the Custom Script Extension (CSE). This can’t be done out of the box as once the server reboots, the CSE module stops running. To work around this we used the RunOnce, and AutoAdminLogon […]

Backing Up SCOM Custom Management Packs Automatically With Folder Structure

Backing Up SCOM Custom Management Packs Automatically With Folder Structure

I was asked by a customer to create a simple automated backup method to ensure their custom SCOM management packs were backed up, but also whilst keeping a sensible folder structure. This ended up being a simple PowerShell script which was ran on a schedule using Task Scheduler on one of the management servers. One […]