Month: November 2015

Last Reminder – List of PCs by Chassis Type is November’s Free SSRS Report

There’s less than a week left to get your copy of November’s free report, so make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft today! The List of PCs by Chassis Type report returns a list of PCs by chassis type, such as laptops, desktops, towers and rack mount servers. Remember to also vote in our poll for December’s free report. Happy Thanksgiving!

System Center Operations Manager FSMORoleOwner Error

By Joseph Yedid In my last post, I described how I decommissioned a Domain Controller (DC). Soon after I decommissioned that DC, I started noticing some errors cropping up in my Operations Manager (OpsMan) console. Here is one of the OpsMan errors that I was seeing: AD Replication Monitoring : encountered a runtime error. Failed to obtain the InfrastructureMaster using a well known GUID. The error returned was: ‘Failed to get the ‘fSMORoleOwner’ attribute from the object ‘LDAP://DC.domain.tst/<WKGUID=2fbac1870ade11d297c400c04fd8d5cd, DC=ForestDnsZones,DC=domain,DC=tst>’. The error returned was: ‘There is no such object on the server.’ (0x80072030)’ (0x80072030) I found it curious that this should be coming up! Looking at the error, it would seem that there is some confusion as to who...

Vote in this Month’s Poll to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SSRS Report for the Month of December

The report choices in November’s poll are: System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard OR Microsoft Office 2013 Details. VOTE HERE! The System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report is still ahead after three weeks! a) In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform version). The tables are arranged from left to right (Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version). The reason for this arrangement is to give you information first about the most important and frequently changing SCEP details (Anti-Virus Signature) to...

New Release: Universal Enterprise App Store for Desktop, Cloud, and Mobile Apps

Flexera Software has just released a new version of their enterprise app store, App Portal 2015 R2.  This release expands the capability of the universal enterprise app store by adding support for cloud applications and Mac computers.  App Portal now provides faster time to value, with a number of features that decrease the setup time, as well as a new dashboard that tracks service levels and the cost and labor savings associated with using the enterprise app store. New capabilities include: Provision Cloud Applications Via Self-Service Employees request salesforce.com, Microsoft® Office 365, Box, and other cloud applications from the same enterprise app store where they get desktop and mobile apps. Support Macs and PCs from One Universal Enterprise App Store Improve the experience for end...

Importance of Page Sizing When Designing SSRS Reports

By Garth Jones I review a lot of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports and one of the most common problems I encounter is page sizing. Most people design reports to look very nice in interactive mode, but they forget that these reports are often printed or exported to other file formats. The last thing you need is someone complaining about not being able to follow your report. Here’s an example of what I mean below. Notice in the first screenshot that the Detail Devices section overlaps the page and the remainder of this section appears in the second screenshot? Also, see how there is a blank area next the Service Pack Version column? In the interactive mode this would be the start of the Model column which you see in the following screenshot. The Model column is pushed to the secon...

New Report Reader Tool for Configuration Manager

By Garth Jones You may remember that back in May we released a Report Reader tool to work with Configuration Manager 2012 and 2012 R2. Now we are releasing a free Report Reader tool that will work with the latest version of Configuration Manager (2016). Below are all of the Report Reader security roles for each version of Configuration Manager. · ConfigMgr (2016) · ConfigMgr 2012 R2 · ConfigMgr 2012 Read more about Report Reader on our blog site.

List of PCs by Chassis Type is November’s Free SSRS Report

Don’t forget to send an email to Info AT Enhansoft for your copy of this month’s free report! The List of PCs by Chassis Type report returns a list of PCs by chassis type, such as laptops, desktops, towers and rack mount servers. Remember, this report is only free in November, so email Info AT Enhansoft today!  

5 Reasons Why you Should buy a Pre-Built Integration Pack for SCORCH

Should you build your own Integration Pack or buy one? To put it simply, it is cheaper and faster to buy a pre-built Integration Pack for System Center Orchestrator. Here are the five reasons why buying a pre-built Integration Pack for SCORCH is better than building your own. 1) What knowledge is needed to build an Integration pack for System Center Orchestrator? Building Integration Packs require a detailed knowledge of APIs. You and your team must understand, in great detail, the Published API so that you know which methods to use to interact with the API and know how the results will be returned to you from the API.  Also, knowing if you need to generate a Web Service Security Key before you can interact with the Web Service API to insert or extract data.   2) How long does it take...

The BSM Mindset: The Time is Now

Business Service Management: The Beginnings According to a Forrester report, the core premise of the original Business Service Management (BSM) concept that appeared in 2004 relied on the ability to map business services to infrastructure and applications components. It was not a technology or a product itself but instead a process, an approach, a strategy, a mindset, or all of them combined. This core premise is still very much the mainstay of the current version of BSM but when the concept first appeared it was quickly followed by vendors claiming that their products were the one-stop BSM solution. Implementing one of these early so-called BSM solutions on its own was bound to fail since the successful implementation of BSM requires a cultural change necessitated by as mindset change plu...

Reminder to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of December

The report choices in November’s poll are: System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard OR Microsoft Office 2013 Details. At this moment, the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report has 60% of the votes, so if you haven’t voted already make sure to VOTE HERE! a) In the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Dashboard report, you’ll see that the main details about your SCEP environment are displayed in three easy to read tables, Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version (client version is sometimes referred to as platform version). The tables are arranged from left to right (Anti-Virus Signature Version, Engine Version, and Client Version). The reason for this arrangement is to give you information first about the most important and frequentl...

Decommissioning a Domain Controller Using Windows Server 2012

By Joseph Yedid In my last post, I performed an FRS to DFSR migration in order to fix up some AD and GPO issues. Soon after that migration, one of the Domain Controllers (DCs) needed to be patched up. I installed all of the updates that were required, but as it turned out, there were more patches than I expected. Upon restarting the DC, during the update process, the DC never came back up. Something went wrong with the patching. Quickly, I had to spin up a new VM and make a new DC. What should I do about the old DC? First, I removed it from Operations Manager to stop alerts from being generated. Second, I needed to decommission the DC. What is involved in decommissioning a DC? In Windows Server 2012, decommissioning a DC is quite easy. Open Active Directory Users and Computers. Next, go to...

What is in My Laptop Bag?

By Garth Jones Awhile back, I posted a tweet that my laptop bag broke. Truth be told, it was the zipper to the main compartment. Finally I replaced it with a “new” one and since I had to move everything from one bag into another, I thought that I would show you what is in my bag today. In the image above you’ll see my old laptop bag on the left and my new bag on the right. Yes, the bag on the right is from MMS 2008! I have a lot of stuff, but here are some of the highlights: · Headphones · Two Wi-Fi sticks · Cables! · USB hub · Portable UBS power supply · Notebook · Business cards · HDMI cable to allow me to watch Netflix on hotel TVs. · PowerBar for those times when I get hungry. You might be wondering, where is my laptop? When this photo was taken it was sitting in the docking station at...

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