Technology Compliance Audits: Application and Server Patch Automation

Written by Rory McCaw on Thursday, December 6th 2018 — Categories: Patching, SCOM, SCCM, Datacenter Automation, Security

Meet Bruce.

Bruce is a 45-year-old IT manager, with twenty years experience working for ACME Power. Bruce has three photos on his desk – one of his wife, Linda; one of his kids - Davy and Wendy; and one of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Apart from his laptop, Bruce’s desk is pristine. He walked into the office this morning with a big smile on his face and passed out donuts to his colleagues.

Today has been highlighted in Bruce’s Outlook calendar for weeks. It’s day one of a thorough compliance audit of ACME Power’s application and server infrastructure. 

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Should You Enable Autogrowth on SCOM Operations Database?

Written by Sameer Mhaisekar on Wednesday, November 14th 2018 — Categories: SCOM

You should put a fair amount of thought into designing your SCOM infrastructure. You need to make sure not only that the design works efficiently for the existing requirements you have, but also that you will be able to accommodate the future growth and expand your current Management Group without compromising its efficiency or performance.

SCOM includes the option to autogrow your Operations database. You can enable this to allow the DB to grow in size along with your overall SCOM environment. In my opinion, you should not do so, however, unless you are absolutely forced to.

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Alleviate Direct and Indirect Patching Costs Through Automation

Written by Rory McCaw on Wednesday, November 7th 2018 — Categories: Patching, SCOM, SCCM, Datacenter Automation, Microsoft

In a world where we have self-driving cars, cures for complex diseases, and where we’re building houses with 3D printers, some enterprise organizations still manually patch servers which run their mission-critical applications.

Enterprise data center management can fray the nerves of even the most experienced administrators. “To err is human”, as the saying goes, and errors can happen during patching, even with the powerful toolset in Microsoft System Center. A server admin could spend hours struggling with a single patch and cause productivity delays the next day for the systems which don’t get addressed.

There are effective ways of automating these tasks, which come with price tags both directly and indirectly related to patching itself.

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How to Use VSAE to Create Your First Management Pack to Discover an App Using Its Registry Key

Written by Gabriel Mora on Wednesday, September 26th 2018 — Categories: SCOM, Management Packs, Microsoft

Creating a new Management Pack is not complicated—all you need to do is first install Visual Studio Authoring Extensions.

This blog will walk you through how to create your first Management Pack in Systems Center Operations Manager, one that will discover apps by identifying their registry key.

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If Video Killed the Radio Star, Will Process Automation Kill the IT Guy?

Written by Rory McCaw on Monday, May 21st 2018 — Categories: Solutions, Technology, Enterprise Advisory Services, Cloud, Windows 10, SCOM, SCCM, O365, Azure, Microsoft, Security

The most common type of Artificial Intelligence (AI) today is process automation, often referred to as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Many IT guys (and, if you will, gals) fear that process automation will make their jobs disappear.

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Server Patching Automation – Just Like an IT Caddy, Only Better

Written by Angie Anderson on Saturday, April 28th 2018 — Categories: Solutions, Technology, Enterprise Advisory Services, Cloud, Windows 10, SCOM, SCCM, O365, Azure, Microsoft, Security, Software Development

Let’s be honest, most of us who play individual games like golf are cheaters. We don’t play by the rules of the game 100% of the time. OK, labelling ourselves cheaters may be a harsh indictment of our collective scorekeeping.

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The Consultancy Process - From Headache to Handshake

Written by Angie Anderson on Tuesday, June 13th 2017 — Categories: Windows 10, Migration, SCOM, SCCM, Active Directory, O365, Datacenter Automation, Desktop Modernization, Azure, Microsoft, Security

Within the tech industry there are many challenges standing in the way of growing tech firms, particularly to those attempting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

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