Azure Automation Week Concludes! Let’s put it all together!

Whew, this week flew by! We learned how to set up Azure Automation, how to run a runbook with the REST API, how to do a more advanced offline domain join, and how to get input from the SCSM portal. Today, we are going to put all that we learned into a task sequence! First off, we just need a task sequence that installs Windows 10 Enterprise. I used the default task sequence but am joining the computer to a … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week–Get Input from the SCSM Portal

Most of the time when we are imaging computers, there is a reason for it. This reason will be tracked in some form of ticketing system, so why are we asking questions in the task sequence? We have all the answers already! In this post, I’m going to show you how to get the answers to portal questions in SCSM, and then return those as JSON! In order to do this, there are some hurdles we must overcome. They are: … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week: Advanced Offline Domain Join With Azure Automation!

Azure automation week continues! Today we are going to look at joining computers to a domain through Azure Automation. I always liked the idea of offline domain join, but never really used it since I don’t prestage computers. I then got the idea, what if I could join a computer to the domain from offsite without having to prestage it first? To do this, we will need to set some things up! First off, if you want the domain joined … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week: Run a Runbook Without the Cmdlets!

Now that I have an Azure Automation account, and a user with the correct permissions, I have the ability to run Azure Automation runbooks without relying on the cmdlets or webhooks. I don’t want to have to rely on cmdlets in WinPE, and I also don’t want to have to rely on webhooks because you cannot get the results back from them. Before I can start, I need a runbook to test! So, let’s fire up portal.azure.com and select our … Continue reading

Azure Automation Week!

This week is Azure Automation week here at EphingAdmin! This week you will find new posts every day on cool things you can do with Azure Automation, SCSM, and SCCM. On Friday, you’ll see everything come together in a dynamic offline SCCM OSD task sequence! Today, we will go over the setup. We will need an Azure AD Subscription, Azure AD Service Account, OMS Account, and an Azure Automation account. Don’t worry, all of this is free and easy to … Continue reading

Service Manager: Install Second Management Server with SQL 2014

I’ve been working with Service Manager the past few months and have run into some weird stuff, but this past problem is the worst so far. If you look at the documentation, SQL 2014 is supported for SCSM 2012 R2 in all scenarios except: SQL Server 2014 is only supported as a database server for installations of Data Protection Manager (DPM), and Service Manager with Update Rollup 6 applied I’m running 2012 R2 UR9, so I’m good right? Everything was … Continue reading

Episode 01: Robert Marshall

Welcome to the first episode of Community Tools Rule! In this episode, we talk with 8 time Enterprise Mobility MVP Robert Marshall. Robert Marshall is the author of the popular tools SMStore and Inbox Monitor. You can reach him at: Twitter                                                @RobMVP Email                             … Continue reading

The Automatic Packager!

One of the highlights of MMS for me was the hackathon. It wasn’t just because I won a Surface, but also because we got to see our ideas come to life in 3 days! One of the ideas that wasn’t coded was to automatically create packages from folders. This was a great idea, but neither the Microsoft Product Team or Coretech decided to take it on. I decided to take it on with my new Surface, and was able to … Continue reading

Service Manager HTML5 Portal: Show Service Offering Filter

I have a lot of Service Offerings in my portal, so I want the filter to be front and center when a user goes to the HTML5 portal. I did a quick edit to the Offerings.cshtml file and was able to make the filter default to showing. Simply go to Portal\Views\Home\Offerings.cshtml and find this line:

Take out the style to make it default to visible:

Now when someone goes to the portal the filter will be showing!

Service Manager HTML5 Portal: Search Query!

One of the issues I have with the HTML5 portal is there isn’t a great way to do search with the query box. You can add a text box above the query box as required to do your searches, but the way it is laid out isn’t that great: As you can see, it isn’t exactly user friendly! I decided I wanted to get rid of that additional text (Query Search) and change the Refresh button to Search if I’m … Continue reading