Introducing: PowerShell Gallery

The wonderful PowerShell folks announced a great new PowerShell feature called gallery that is coming in 5.0

Introducing the PowerShell Gallery – PowerShellGet is an exciting new feature releasing in WMF 5.0 Preview.  With it, you can easily discover, install, update, and publish PowerShell modules to and from online repositories – simplifying the process of sharing PowerShell content.

Find out all the details over here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/11/19/powershell-gallery-live.aspx

 

PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 9

Over on the “Windows PowerShell Blog” they announced the release of PowerShell DSC Resource Kit Wave 9.

Head over to the blog to read all about it:

Here’s a holiday gift from the PowerShell team – the DSC Resource Kit wave 9. You can find it right here.

This wave has something for everyone, we hope. There are 34 new DSC resources across 13 modules! We have also incorporated your feedback, and made fixes to several existing resources that address issues you have encountered.

Last year we delivered the first DSC Resource Kit as a holiday gift, with 11 DSC resources. In case you are counting, we now have 172 DSC resources, enabling use of DSC for deploying and configuring Active Directory, Azure VMs, Certificate Services, SQL Server, DNS, file shares, Failover clusters, Internet Explorer, Exchange, web applications, Hyper-V, networking, Just Enough Administration, DNS, Remote Desktop Services, the System Center products (SCDPM, SCOM, SCSMA, SCSPF, SCSR, SCVMM), and more. In all, this is a great start in a single year, with more to come in 2015!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/12/17/another-holiday-present-from-the-powershell-team-dsc-reskit-wave-9.aspx

Azure AD Connect

Microsoft announces they are releasing a public preview of the “new” Azure AD Connect (you can download it here).

Azure AD Connect is “new” because it is now one integrated tool that includes all the advances of AAD Sync and the features from the beta release of Azure AD Connect into simple, fast & lightweight solution. Azure AD Connect has everything you need to connect your Windows Server AD(s) and Azure AD with only 4 clicks.

Now you can get started using Azure AD in under an hour, no new hardware required!

Read More……

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2014/12/15/azure-ad-connect-one-simple-fast-lightweight-tool-to-connect-active-directory-and-azure-active-directory.aspx

SCCM 2012 Visio Low Level Overview

I have created an SCCM 2012 Visio overview.  This after searching high and low, and even asking Microsoft for a Visio diagram, and my searches ending in zero.

The SCCM 2012 Visio just shows a cookie cut / low level overview.  This is by no means a solution for every organization.  The diagram involves different hierarchy options. Not all sites will have a CAS, two primaries, or even secondary sites.

You can either save the SCCM 2012 Visio JPG for you consumption or click below to download the SCCM 2012 Visio PDF version.

SC2012_CM_LowLevel_Overview

SCCM 2012 Visio PDF

Pomeroy Joins Microsoft Device Reseller Program

Selection is part of a limited group of companies to offer Microsoft Surface devices and services.

Hebron, KY – November 6, 2014 – Pomeroy, a global leader in optimizing the IT infrastructure, announced today it has joined a limited group of twenty companies in the United States participating in the Microsoft Devices Program, which allows clients to purchase Surface devices and commercial services through authorized resellers. –

See more at: http://www.pomeroy.com/home/news-and-events/2014/11/06/pomeroy-joins-microsoft-device-reseller-program#sthash.dVZB4Isu.dpuf

Azure as Your Disaster Recovery Site

Over at the System Center team’s blog site, they talk Azure Disaster Recovery.

Excerpt…

One of the biggest reveals during the TechEd 2014 North America keynote was the Preview of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is the new name for Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HVRM). HVRM was the first use of the Azure public cloud for off-premise automation controlling on-premise private cloud fabric. HVRM had a lot of fans for its simplification of a complex and expensive process (DR site management and failover) but fewer adopters since the solution required customers to already have invested in a physical or partner-hosted DR site running a Microsoft private cloud.

Azure Disaster Recovery

Read more here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2014/07/01/microsoft-azure-site-recovery-your-dr-site-in-microsoft-azure.aspx

SCCM 2012 Folder Creation Script

I have created a script that will automate SCCM 2012 folder creation.  Either in bulk or single by single. It is a simple script with no parameters.  You just run the script and follow the instructions.  If you want to bulk folder create the text file must be in the format where the folder names is per line.

Example.

folder name 1
folder name 2
folder name 3
folder name 4
…..

Here is a walk through.

Get Help:

Get-Help.

Single Folder Creation:

Single folder creation.

Bulk Folder Creation:

Bulk folder creation.

Click the download link to give it a try.

CM2012 Node Folder Creation v2.0

 

Randomize Local Administrator Password

I created this tool to randomize local administrator passwords.

This application takes two strings and creates a calculated and complex password based on the input.   Now the local administrator’s password will be unique to each computer.

Here it is at screen launch:


A. The organization’s asset identification string.
B. The organization’s custom identification number.  Up to 10 digits long.
C. The selected password length for added complexity.
D. After all input is entered the user generates the complex password.
E. The result of the calculation.

Result:

The best part of this application is also supports it being used in the console.  This gives the application the ability to be scripted during an OSD build, deployed enterprise wide, or required update. Below is the console help menu and a PowerShell script I wrote to automate the process.  This is included in the *.zip file.

Enterprise Help Desk Dynamic Admin – Version 1.0.0.1