Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

A client asked me recently how to determine what Management Packs he had installed in his System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) infrastructure.  I told him to open his Management Console and navigate to Administration - Installed Management Packs.  It was a short conversation. Easy peasy, right?  Here's a list, go with G-d.  Twenty minutes later, my phone… Continue reading Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

SCOM License – Upgrade?

The installation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2016 does not ask you anywhere to enter a license key.  Then when you run the Operations Console, you are shown a required task to Upgrade to full version.  When you click on the link, it opens a website that is less than helpful. In fact, when you… Continue reading SCOM License – Upgrade?

Active Directory Recycle Bin

A few years ago, Microsoft introduced the Active Directory Recycle Bin to Windows Server.  Wonderful!  It is not enabled out of the box, but it is reasonably simple to enable... except, it is not. Firstly, you can do it in the GUI... Open the Active Directory Administrative Center, navigate to local (local), and then in the… Continue reading Active Directory Recycle Bin

DCPromo No More… PowerShell!

I needed to build a new domain controller for a friend’s company recently.  It is something that I have done so many times over the past two decades that some things are just instinctive… like typing dcpromo to create a domain controller. Right… I had forgotten about that.  dcpromo has been deprecated. You could go… Continue reading DCPromo No More… PowerShell!

Renaming Files en Mass…

I take a lot of pictures… not only with my phone, but also with my Nikon DSLR camera.  It is one of my hobbies… I am not very good at it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Keeping track of hundreds or thousands of pictures is easy, as long as you copy them into the appropriate… Continue reading Renaming Files en Mass…

Scheduling Server Restarts

If you manage servers you have likely come to a point where you finished doing work and got a prompt ‘Your server needs to reboot.  Reboot now?’  Well you can’t reboot now… not during business hours.  I guess you’ll have to come back tonight… or this weekend, right? Wrong.  Scheduling a reboot is actually pretty… Continue reading Scheduling Server Restarts

Resize Live Virtual Hard Drives

  I have used Hyper-V for as long as there has been Hyper-V.  Today I use it much less than I once did, but it is still handy for running VMs on my laptop.  I run a particular VM called ‘Sandbox’ in which I do all sorts of things that I would not want to… Continue reading Resize Live Virtual Hard Drives

Remotely Enable RDP

Like most IT Managers I manage myriad servers, most of which are both remote and virtual.  So when I configure them initially I make sure that I can manage them remotely... including in most cases the ability to connect via RDP (Remote Desktop). But what happens if you have a server that you need to… Continue reading Remotely Enable RDP

Wireless Networks: Know your strengths!

It is not uncommon for me to hear people complain that their wireless network is not stable, is not working properly, disconnects, is slow, and just isn't good enough. Unfortunately, unless you are a networking specialist, wireless connectivity is essentially a binary state: It works... or it doesn't work. There are three things I ask… Continue reading Wireless Networks: Know your strengths!

How To Cheat With PowerShell

Admit it… you are a crappy coder.  You may be a pretty fair IT Professional, but you cannot script your way out of a paper bag.  There’s a support group for you. Hi, my name is Mitch, and I’m a lousy scripter.  Admittedly I have never been to an AA or NA meeting; I have… Continue reading How To Cheat With PowerShell

PowerShell: HELP!

This is a guest article written by my colleague Michael.  Mike and I have been working closely together for the past two years, and I have turned him into a monster!  He is now trying to learn anything he can get his hands on.  So when he wrote me an e-mail with a suggestion for… Continue reading PowerShell: HELP!

iSCSI Virtual Disks: If you have to make a bunch… Use PowerShell!

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but when you have to do things over and over again, it simply doesn’t make sense to do it manually.  Sure, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) in Windows is great… but if you have to click through the same wizard ten times to create ten of… Continue reading iSCSI Virtual Disks: If you have to make a bunch… Use PowerShell!

Distinguished Names: How do I…

Yeah yeah, I know… A little while ago I talked about how to determine the Distinguished Name (DN) of an Active Directory Object, and I got a flurry of requests for doing it with PowerShell. Now, normally I do like to show you how to do things via the GUI, and then what the PowerShell… Continue reading Distinguished Names: How do I…

Where am I? HELP!

My colleague created a virtual machine for me in our datacentre a few weeks ago.  (Thanks Michael!)  Earlier this week I needed to create a second virtual machine to cluster with it, and I felt that the best way to maximize my resources completely would be to create another virtual machine identical to the first. … Continue reading Where am I? HELP!

Insanity Is…

We have all heard this quote before… and it is exactly true.  However in your server environment, when you want things identical, then we would turn this phrase around: Insanity: Doing things manually over and over and expecting identical results. I have not spent a great deal of time learning PowerShell… but whenever I have… Continue reading Insanity Is…