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5 ways to secure your SQL data in Microsoft Azure

Data security in the cloud is of chief concern not only to healthcare and financial services, but anyone with sensitive data of any kind that should only be disclosed to authorized parties. No discussion of enterprise security would be complete

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Switch from dynamic IP to IP Pool in VMM 2016

Recently I migrated a VM from standalone Hyper-V server in 2016 to a Hyper-V cluster managed by Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016. The VM was using DHCP for addressing and I wanted to flip it to get its address from

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5 TIPS FOR MODERNIZING YOUR PROCESS AUTOMATION STRATEGY

Don’t get me wrong, I love System Center Orchestrator (as you will see here AND here), but it is important to know when it is time to move on. Well my friends, it’s time. Some months ago now, Microsoft publicly announced that

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Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Tao (@MrTaoYang), Stan (@StanZhelyazkov), Anders (http://contoso.se)  and I have been working on a project for the last few weeks. We wanted to bring a learning resource for the MS Operations Management Suite to the community that is complete, comprehensive, concise…and free (as

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Centralized Logging Strategy for Azure Automation Hybrid Worker with OMS

Many System Center Orchestrator administrators longed for centralized logging of Orchestrator runbook events and results. With no native centralized logging facility, many administrators used a simple SQL database as a centralized logging repository. While not ideal, this method is functional

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How to launch an Azure Automation runbook on a Hybrid Worker via PowerShell

With the update in Azure PowerShell 1.0, quite a lot has changed. Working with Azure has been divided into cmdlets for working with Azure 1.0 (Azure Service Management) and Azure 2.0 (Azure Resource Manager). With the GA release of the new

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Veeam Management Pack v8 for VMware and Hyper-V

Veeam have released version 8 of their management pack for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. Veeam is great for comprehensive monitoring of both Hyper-V and VMware deployments. In mixed Hyper-V and VMware mixed environments, the Veeam pack also offers a

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Inside System Center Podcast #4 – Windows 10 Launch Episode (Show Notes)

With the imminent release of Windows 10, Dan and Pete take some time out to discuss what Windows 10 release, coming July 29th, and a range of topics including availability, deployment training, and device experience. They also manage to fit in some Surface

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SCOM Health Check Reports v3 on GITHUB

Oskar and I recently collaborated to update the SCOM Health Check Reports we wrote so long ago for Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM). We have posted the managment pack and guide on the Microsoft TechNet Gallery at https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Health-Check-Reports-c32e8f93. We have posted

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How to resolve non-OS disks offline in multi-disk VM deployment from template

Best practices for server configuration generally suggest installing applications / app data to a separate disk and volume than the OS. However, when you deploy a Windows 2008 or 2012 VM from a VM template in System Center 2012 R2

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