This week at Microsoft Ignite the Azure Automation team provided a lot of guidance on what next version of Desired State Configuration will look like. They also announced that the Preview can be used now, you have to enable it via PowerShell. I would recommend watching the Heterogeneous Configuration Management Using Microsoft Azure Automation session for all the details straight from Microsoft.
Here are a few notable highlights:
· Currently management of Azure Automation DSC is 100% PowerShell based, within the next few months the UI should be added to your Azure portal.
· Pricing will be announced later this year.
· Don’t use this in production, it is a preview.
Now let’s get Azure Automation setup in your environment so you can start testing it.
You will need the Azure PowerShell Module version 0.9.1
Switch-AzureMode -Name AzureResourceManager
Register-AzureProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation
Register-AzureProviderFeature -FeatureName dsc -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation
You can also download the script on TechNet Gallery
First I would like to mention that if you don’t need connectivity to On Premise data you can sign up for a free Power BI account read more about it here.
Before you can jump into building these reports you will need to configure the Service Level Target (SLT) and Service Level Objectives (SLO) in SCOM here is a good walk through by Kevin Green of how to configure the SLT and SLO.
Part 1 – Setting up the data for our dashboard
In December Microsoft released a preview version of the new Power BI Designer they are building. This new tool will make it easier to get data into a report. You can see this improvement already in the preview here is a screen shot of some of the data sources you can select from.Continue reading
In the last blog post in this series I covered how to install the Power BI – Data Management Gateway, now that you have the gateway setup we are ready to create a data source.
From the Power BI admin center web page go to data sources and click the plus sign to start the new data source wizard.
Last month I published a new version of Enum Builder to the TechNet Gallery. The latest version only addressed a few bugs, the main bug was the accessibility property was being set to Private, this has been corrected and now sets the property to Public. In the previous release I added 2 new features:
1. Command line executable, here is an example of how to use the switches
EnumBuilderCLI.exe –MPID TestMP –MPVersion 126.96.36.199 –MPName TestMP –RootEnumMPID System.WorkItem.Incident.Library –RootEnumMPVersion 7.0.5244.0 –RootEnumKey 31bf3856ad364e35 –CSVFile “C:_ITNew folderIR_Classifications – Copy.csv” –NewMPFile “C:_ITNew folderIR.xml”
2. The gui version now has an option to create negative ordinals
You can download the Data Management Gateway here or when you create your gateway in the Power BI admin center. Version 1.2.5303.1 was release in July 2014 added support for:
· scheduled data refresh for Power Query data connections with the following data sources: File (Excel, CSV, XML, Text and Access), Folder, IBM DB2, My SQL, Sybase, SQL Azure, PostgreSQL, Teradata, Sharepoint List, OData Feed, Azure Market Place, Azure HDInsight, Azure Blob Storage and Azure Table StorageContinue reading
While troubleshooting a runbook in SMA, I found a reserved word that to my knowledge is not documented anywhere currently.
You cannot use $class as a variable in PowerShell workflow or SMA unless in an inlinescript block
This was the error I ran into:
The following errors were encountered while processing the workflow tree: ‘DynamicActivity’: The private implementation of activity ‘1: DynamicActivity’ has the following validation error: Compiler error(s) encountered processing expression “class”. Expression expected.
If you want to switch between the Start Menu or the Start Screen in Window Technical Preview you can right click on the taskbar and click properties, then click on the Start Menu tab.
If you are running a tablet the checkbox will not be checked, and if you are running a desktop the checkbox will be checked by default when you install Windows Technical Preview. Continue reading
I have created a new tool for Service Manager called Enum Builder. This tool will allow you to create an unsealed MP just like Enum Creator that was posted by Travis a few years ago.
Head over to the Concurrency Blog to get the download link and full details.
The installer for the Orchestrator Integration Toolkit R2 checks the registry for the version of WiX while checking for prerequisites, It is expecting to find the exact version of 3.5. WiX has recently been updated to support Visual Studio 2013 and other fixes you can find the details here.
This is the error you will get if you don’t have WiX installed or if you have any other version than version 3.5