Replacing GSM in SCOM with Application Insights

If you use Microsoft’s Global Service Monitor (GSM) in SCOM you may have run into something like this recently: Description: The health service HTTP module in management group “<MGNAME>” failed to resolve service’s DNS. Please check configuration settings. Provided configuration: Service Url https://b850bab6-61d9-4262-838d-ad4e82b6a6e2.ods.opinsights.azure.com/DiagnosticsDataService.svc/PostDataItems. Proxy Provided . This error indicates an underlying issue with GSM. While…

Create Zero-Touch Windows 10 ISO

I’ve recently been doing some testing between the different Windows 10 releases, and wanted to quick way to be able to install new VMs without maintaining a bunch of different VM templates, or using MDT. To do this I made a ISO image that installs the base Windows 10 image without any manual interaction required.…

3 Steps to a Self-Healing Business

One of the greatest risks to any business that is highly dependent upon the reliability of their equipment is down time. In manufacturing and oil and gas, downtime seems to be an inevitability that cuts into profits and drives operations managers mad. Absent events of force majeure, most extended outages never need to happen. Wait!…

Value of Stolen Data Often Dictates Hacker Behavior

  Beware of the old deceptive denial of service attack… I recently read an interesting article written by Paul Mazzucco, CTO at TierPoint, on Radware’s blog entitled, “See Through the DDOS Smoke-Screen to Protect Sensitive Data”. The article raises an interesting revisit to an attack behavior that we is now witnessing in real-time involving bad…