Unable to find Advisor Connector on this computer – SCOM 2016

Unable to find Advisor Connector on this computer – SCOM 2016

Antecedent The last implementation of a SCOM 2016 environment included 2 Gateway servers and integration to Operations Management Suite (OMS) in Azure. I used the final release of SCOM 2016 to deploy the servers and when all the infrastructure objects were in place I updated it with the recent Update Rollup (UR1). In the implementation […]

Azure multi-region & multi-subnet – Basic Availability Groups – SQL 2016 Standard Edition deployment for SCOM 2016

Azure multi-region & multi-subnet – Basic Availability Groups – SQL 2016 Standard Edition deployment for SCOM 2016

Overview In one of my last System Center Operations Manager 2016 deployments the databases were designed to run using Basic Availability Groups (BAGs are new in SQL Server 2016) hosted by a SQL cluster in Azure with nodes in 2 separated regions in 2 separate subnets. I was looking around the internet for about 2-3 […]

Common Cireson Portal Setup Issues

Common Cireson Portal Setup Issues

This post helps identify common Cireson portal for Service Manager configuration issues that can cause some unexpected results such as: Portal Environment hash code is missing Non-administrators aren’t able to see CIs in the portal (unable to add an Affected User when creating an Incident) Administrators can see Work Items but non-administrators can’t You’re constantly asked […]

Service Manager: Creating Workflows that Run when a Relationship is Created

Service Manager: Creating Workflows that Run when a Relationship is Created

The SCSM console allows you to quickly construct a workflow for an Incident or Change Request that triggers when a property is changed such as when a string or enumeration (list) property is updated.  But can a workflow be triggered when a relationship is created such as when an Incident is assigned to an Analyst?  Fortunately […]

Windows 10 Task Sequence Error Handling

Introduction Whilst most organisations will already have a robust build process in place, the task sequence error handling is not always considered when creating the operating system deployment (OSD). Although Configuration Manager will display an on screen error if the OSD has failed, this will only be displayed for 15 minuets by default and if […]

No pre-boot keyboard or Windows Recovery environment detected.

No pre-boot keyboard or Windows Recovery environment detected. I was working on a Task Sequence recently that involved enabling BitLocker and storing the keys in ActiveDirectory, all was going well until we started building Surface Pro 4 devices. The Task Sequence would fail with the error ‘No pre-boot keyboard or Windows Recovery environment detected.’ The error […]

Deploy in parallel multiple Azure virtual machines – PowerShell workflow script

Deploy in parallel multiple Azure virtual machines – PowerShell workflow script

I have been working on various Azure  projects where it was necessary to deploy multiple virtual machines in parallel. Below is an example of using PowerShell workflow script to deploy group of virtual machine from CSV file into ARM: AzureVMBuild.ps1 # Input parameters param ( [Parameter(Mandatory=$false,Position=1)] [string]$csvFile=”.\AzureVMBuildInputs.csv”, [Parameter(Mandatory=$false,Position=3)] [string]$subscriptionId = ‘8d549018-802b-4924-a1bc-e274d6666644’, [Parameter(Mandatory=$false,Position=4)] [string]$tenantId = ‘d9cd498f-ae5c-4ab5-9a69-fe74fc666655’ ) # […]

Deploy custom OS image – add PowerShell script to Windows setup

Deploy custom OS image – add PowerShell script to Windows setup

I’ve been working with a customer who requested to prepare custom OS image with below requirements: installed operating system: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard installed all latest OS updates (on time when image was build) installed both SCOM and SCCM agents (the SCCM agent is connected to the customer primary site and SCOM agent connection based […]

Azure Route-Based VPN with Palo Alto Firewall – Dropping Connection

Azure Route-Based VPN with Palo Alto Firewall – Dropping Connection

I have recently been working with a customer who were trying to set up a Site-to-Site VPN connection to Azure using their on-premises Palo Alto firewall device. Their firewall was a supported model running the required PAN-OS version (v7.0.5+). They configured the device as per the documentation linked to from the Azure Support website – […]