Top 10 Application Readiness Blog Posts 2014

It is that time again when the end of the calendar year is fast approaching. In the world of technology, 2014 was another disruptive year with thousands of new software versions and upgrades released by software vendors. In this post, we will look back at the most popular Application Readiness blog posts this year. The topics that generated the most interest in the past 12 months were the impending end of life of Windows Server 2003, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and ongoing updates from Microsoft. #1 Top 5 Technology Trends for IT in 2014 Rapid innovation and consumer technology continued…

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ConfigMgr 2012 WSUS Synchronization Errors

One particularly hot topic at the Midwest Management Summit 2014 conference last month was a relatively recent but increasingly frequent issue that was called out by Kent Agerlund in his blog post “House of Cards – The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS” (referred to all week as “the house of cards post”). This issue seemed to be popping up...

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Install Windows features through PowerShell – by clicking

 Rebuilding my home lab with PowerShell I am currently rebuilding my home lab (again! This time properly, I promise.) and my goal is to use as much PowerShell as possible. I am building everything on a Dell XPS 15 laptop with a 1TB Samsung SSD and 16GB RAM. Enough for a mid-size mobile lab. The host runs Windows Server 2012 R2, what else? On top of that I have also installed the Windows Management Framework 5 November Preview in order to use all the latest and greatest features of PowerShell, for example Desired State Configuration in its latest version. Of course, I have also downloaded the DSC Resource Kit in … Continue reading

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Import users to Azure and Office 365 with PowerShell

Mass import of users into a cloud directory with PowerShell By now you should already know that PowerShell should be the default tool for every IT Pro nowadays. Every new product and every new release of an existing product out of Microsoft is shipped with a PowerShell module, that’s a clear sign. It’s not only Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Amazon, all big vendors make their products and services manageable via PowerShell. So get used to it This article will show you an end-to-end example of a PowerShell script that does a mass import of users into a Microsoft Azure Active Directory or Office 365 directory via PowerShell. Azure Active Directory won’t … Continue reading

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Enterprises Yet to Complete Windows 7 Deployment

Within two years, Microsoft has launched three new operating systems (OS) – Windows 8, 8.1 and most recently version 10. This is when many enterprises are yet to complete their Windows 7 deployment. With agile software development on the upswing, and the frequency of operating system (OS) roll outs, IT organizations – which are already strapped for resources – are crushing under the pressure of trying to keep pace with new technology.

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Recover deleted users in Azure Active Directory

You know of the recycle bin in Active Directory, right? I guess this feature has probably saved a bunch of people already big time. Anyways, even the cloud can’t save you from stupidity, failures or “Are you sure? Of course I’m sure!” situations when, for whatever reason, user accounts get deleted when they should not have been deleted. This scenario will specifically show how you can recover deleted user accounts both from Office 365 and also from Azure Active Directory. Azure Active Directory You can’t view deleted users in your Azure Portal (unless you can show me where!), too bad. Gone is gone. PowerShell to the rescue. Connect your PowerShell … Continue reading

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My Sessions at the Midwest Management Summit

I am really honored to have been a speaker at the first ever Midwest Management Summit (aka the new MMS), that took place November 10th – 12th in Minnesota.  This event was the who’s who of systems management and did not disappoint.  There were over 100 sessions delivered in three days by 50+ experts (which included 32 Microsoft […]

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Infrastructure Saturday Powershell scripts

You’ve been to Infrastructure Saturday in Brisbane / Queensland / Australia? (www.infrastructuresaturday.com) Awesome, hope you enjoyed it. You haven’t been? Try next time, until then, you can go and grab all the scripts I used during both my sessions here to test in your own environment. Azure Active Directory Identity Management Rich Identity Management session with James Bannan on Azure Active Directory: The web site I used to build the dummy user data is http://www.generatedata.com/ Service Management Automation and Powershell Service Management Automation Session: Scripts: Slides: Disclaimer! Please check all scripts before you execute them. Most only make sense in context but might demo some limited functionality.

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