Blog Posts

What is OMS and a Brief History of It

While discussing Azure/OMS topics in the community I often see incorrect usage of OMS (Operations Management Suite). That is understandable of course as Microsoft hasn’t done good job at clearing out all the terms but I still think we should be using the correct term when posting questions or discussing OMS in forums and other […]

OMS Portal Moving to Azure

For quite some time it was clear that the OMS Portal will move completely to Azure and that is good news. We have seen services like Update Management, Azure Security Center (Security & Audit solution is part of it) releasing new functionalities only in Azure Portal. In fact some services that have been part of […]

Patching Lync & Skype for Business

When patching Lync & Skype for Business, beekeeper has a validation pack that contains PowerShell scripts to remove a system from service. Once its out of service, patching can take place. These pre-patching PowerShell validation tasks include: Verifying a server can be removed from service using the Get-CSPoolUpdateReadiness cmdlet Testing whether there are any active […]

SCCM PowerShell One-Liners

List outstanding software updates targeted at a remote client:

List outstanding applications targeted at a remote client:

Invoke Application Deployment Evaluation to a remote client:

[Invoke Machine Policy Retrieval and Evaluation to a remote client:

Invoke Software Update Deployment Evaluation to a remote client:

Invoke Software Update Scan:

Invoke […]

SCOM1801 Migration Webinar

Microsoft recently released a new update for Operations Manager, known as SCOM 1801, and we are here to give you the key facts. Join our webinar presented by Aditya Goda, Program Manager at Microsoft, and MVP Bob “SCOM-Bob” Cornelissen, Managing Consultant at BICTT, to learn about: HTML5 Dashboards Linux Monitoring Improvements Migration Planning and the new “Semi-Annual […]

Creating Azure AD Application using Powershell

Azure AD Application Azure AD have something called Application registrations. These are often used to integrate with external services and can provide functionality like Single Sign On to your companies Twitter account. There’s a large selection of applications you can chose from in the Azure Portal, but this post will cover how to create your […]

Blocking Internet Access for Azure Virtual Machines

By default, every Azure virtual machine (VM) has access to the Internet. Sometimes this is great, but in most enterprise environments, server’s have Internet access restricted. So, how to restrict Azure VMs gaining access to the Internet? Restricting Internet access to your VMs in Azure isn’t difficult, but does require some baseline knowledge of Network […]

Book published on Amazon – Quick and Practical Guide to ARM Templates

Quick and Practical Guide to ARM Templates is a very non-conventional book. The objective of the book is to help you “Become Experts in Developing ARM Templates for Microsoft Azure without any prior knowledge”. This book is for both a beginner and intermediate users. This is a quick and practical approach to learning ARM Templates for […]