Building dynamically updating Business Services and dashboards in Operations Manager

Microsoft’s recent acquisition of BlueStripe is an area of extreme interest for people who live and breathe in the Microsoft monitoring space. This acquisition has been the subject of several articles including: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/06/10/microsoft-acquires-bluestripe-to-help-customers-improve-application-visibility-and-management-across-the-datacenter-and-cloud/ http://marketrealist.com/2015/06/microsoft-adds-bluestripe-acquisition-portfolio/ http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/10/microsoft-acquires-application-management-service-bluestripe/ http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/microsoft-acquires-bluestripe-software http://blog.coretech.dk/laj/bluestripe-acquired-by-microsoft/ http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/06/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-bluestripe-software/ I also reference the BlueStripe acquisition in the whitepaper which I recently released which is available at…

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NTFRS or DFS-R replication for SYSVOL

For a recent customer I was going through all of the requirements to implement DirectAccess.  One that I stumbled on a bit was that DirectAccess requires DFS-R replication but I wasn’t certain how to verify what replication type was in use.  After some digging, some assumptions, and some great tips from fellow Catapult Systems consultants,…

Workaround for no television guide available in Windows Media Center after July 20th 2015

I have been a Windows Media Center user for a while as can be easily seen from the variety of blog posts which I have written on this topic (as shown below): https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2009/08/18/windows-media-pc-netflix-and-hulu-using-technology-to-go-back-to-basics-save-money-and-control-media-content/ https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2013/12/11/no-network-connection-when-adding-a-media-center-extender/ http://www.systemcentercentral.com/a-computer-geeks-lessons-learned-while-installing-an-attic-antenna/ http://www.systemcentercentral.com/why-should-i-upgrade-from-media-center-in-vista-to-media-center-in-windows-8/ https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/03/13/fun-with-opsmgr-and-windows-media-center-part-1-differences-writing-a-management-pack-with-and-without-a-custom-class-structure/ https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/03/20/fun-with-opsmgr-and-windows-media-center-part-2-creating-a-class-structure-and-discovery-with-mp-author/ https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/03/27/fun-with-opsmgr-and-windows-media-center-part-3-gathering-information-and-developing-a-health-and-alerting-model/ https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/04/03/fun-with-opsmgr-and-windows-media-center-part-4-adding-rules-monitors-and-services/ What’s the issue? Recently I found that no programs were scheduled for recording on my…

Deploy OneDrive for Business via Click to Run

It’s been a busy week for Office 365 requests. Here’s some quick notes from the field on deploying OneDrive for Business. The below instructions create a completely silent installer, if you would like a graphical confirmation presented to the user, change the Display Level=”None” to Display Level=”Full” in the configuration.xml file. Create network share with…

Compile Batch Files and Scripts for Intune Use

In a prior post, How to Customize Office with the Office 365 Click to Run Deployment Tools, I covered a few basics of customizing an Office 365 Click to Run install beyond what is supported in the standard configuration.xml file by using a simple Batch (.bat) file. Since Intune doesn’t support processing Batch files or…