Set Desktop and Lock Screen wallpaper with Intune in Windows 10

This is a quick blog post to show you can set this fairly easily using Intune. Intune requires you to point to a URL for the wallpaper which at first seems a bit odd, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you have solutions like OneDrive. What am I talking about? Well, find a suitable wallpaper and place it on your Sharepoint OneDrive or Personal OneDrive. Then share the wallpaper and create a public viewing link like so   Next, test the link by pasting the URL into your browser and take a look at the result. It [...]

How to manage Bitlocker on a Azure AD Joined Windows 10 Device managed by Intune.

When joining a computer to AAD either manually or by using a provisioning package, Bitlocker will be enabled automatically if your device has the necessary prerequisites. However in the case that Bitlocker is disabled this is how you enable Bitlocker, save the Bitlocker Key Protector to ADD (also known as the recovery key) and recover the key in the case you need it. So this blog post is both for the end-user and IT-pro I guess. In this scenario we have configured a Device Compliance Policy in Intune where we require Encryption of data storage on devices and sent the [...]

Azure Automation + Slack + Service Manager

In this post I will demonstrate an example on how to use the popular team collaboration tool Slack together with Azure Automation to retrieve data from your on-premise SCSM environment. The data in this example are Incidents retrieved via an Azure Powershell runbook. The setup is very simple and does not require any development skills (only a little powershell ). The scope could easily be extended to more useful scenarious such as sending reviewal messages to your managers or perhaps a Change Advisory Board (CAB) to accept or decline Review Activities in their small team meeting room. This is just [...]

By | 2016-09-21T16:37:43+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Azure, Service Manager (SCSM)|1 Comment

Azure Function to enable Microsoft Graph API webhook subscriptions to Azure Automation webhooks

Azure Functions is a great new, cheap and easy way to publish simple web services. Functions can be written in multiple languages such as C#, PowerShell or even Batch! You can read more about them here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/functions/ This Azure Function is based on PowerShell and I have used it in multiple session on conferences such as MMS 2016 (was in a C# version though) and System Center Universe Europe 2016 About the function: When using subscriptions in Microsoft Graph API, you have to Validate your webhook by returning a verification code which Graph API sends to the webhook. Unfortunately Azure [...]

By | 2016-08-24T16:00:48+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Azure|0 Comments

OMS Automation: How to handle OMS Alert result data in a runbook

Currently we are doing Demos upon demos, POC upon POC of OMS. Everybody seems keen to get into to it! One of the function of OMS Log Search is Alerts. These alerts can be setup to trigger a runbook in Automation when the alerts trigger. Here is a simple template to use for getting the content of the data sent from OMS: [crayon-59c51a8ae7244257507897/] Thats it !  

By | 2016-06-29T16:18:35+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Azure|1 Comment

Microsoft Azure AD Connect not syncing at a cycle

Recently I had a customer who had implemented the latest version of Azure AD Connect (v. 1.1.119.0) which was available in February 2016. In this version Microsoft changed a lot the make it easier to administrate and convenient to use. They also added some great new features like! Reduction in the sync interval to keep your Azure AD in sync with AD on-premises more quickly Support for automatic upgrades Ability to switch between sign-in methods through the wizard to enable faster pilots Support for Domain and OU filtering within the wizard Read more here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ad/2016/02/18/azure-ad-connect-1-1-is-now-ga-faster-sync-times-automatic-upgrades-and-more/  Well as it turned out, [...]

Azure Stack: Azure Stack TP1 POC download is available!

The Azure Stack POC is up and running again. With a new updates to make installation easier If you haven’t tried it yet! Get started! https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/try/ Read much more in the documentation (you can even help contribute since the docs are open source!) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-stack-overview/

By | 2016-02-22T23:05:23+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Azure, Azure Stack|0 Comments

Azure Stack – PowerShell: VM Admin GUI Tool – Beta 1

Welcome to my first Azure Stack blog. Recently I have been exploring the Azure Stack POC TP1 which is available for everyone at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/ So far I am very impressed, of cause always bear in mind that this is the first technical preview POC. Today I made a small tool for helping me to have a good overview of my Azure Stack tenant VMs. In Azure Stack the VMs are named by their GUID in Hyper-V. This makes perfect sense, since multiple tenants could easily name their VMs the same name. But when administrating your hyper-v host, It can be [...]

By | 2016-02-22T14:27:35+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Azure, Azure Stack|0 Comments

Azure PowerShell: How to assign access to a subscription using PowerShell (RBAC)

I had this question from a customer recently, and when I searched the net I wouldn’t find any specific examples. This example assigns a user as a Contributor to the subscription. When you assign roles to resources, all you need is the URL for the resource and provide it to this cmdlet. Here you go: [crayon-59c51a8ae865e741648483/] That’s all for today!

By | 2016-02-18T13:41:05+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Azure, Powershell|0 Comments

Azure Automation / SCOM: Triggering a runbook as a Recovery task using Webhooks

  If you havent heard about it, the future of automation is here! In the form of  “Azure Automation”. also known as “OMS Automation” when it is part of the Operational Management Suite (OMS). This cloud service can control our automation, just as System center Orchestrator has done for years. It works in a very similar way, but has been extended to support more features, for instance it supports what is known as Webhooks. A webhook enables us to trigger a runbook using a standard HTTP call, making it easier to integrate from other tools (could for instance be used [...]

By | 2016-02-10T15:41:56+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Azure, Operations Manager (SCOM)|1 Comment

Azure Automation: Setting “Run As” Account on Hybrid Worker Groups!

I just want to post a little new feature I found a couple of days ago as a small NYE treat! It is now possible to set a “global” Run As account on a hybrid worker group! This feature removes any difference between SMA and AA Hybrid Workers, meaning that you can transfer any runbooks directly! (Contact me if you need help) By Default the Hybrid Workers run as “LocalSystem”, while SMA runbook workers run as a specified service account. It is possible to change the service account for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent, but that is not best practice and [...]

By | 2015-12-31T13:46:30+00:00 December 31st, 2015|Azure|2 Comments

December 17th: Azure AD Connect – Step by Step (Pixi Book Style)

A Coretech Christmas Tale. Once a upon a time customers were having difficulties connecting their on-premise Active Directory to Azure AD. Throughout this post We will tell the story about "Test-users-1" and his journey from his well-known On-Premise AD (AD.Sandbx.dk) to the exciting Cloud know as Azure. If you are a customer and wish to recreate "Test-User-1" journey. Then it can easily be done by following his steps and completing your own POC for Azure AD. ___________________ Attached to this blog are a Word Document that in details shows all steps of the proces in 6 easy steps. Create Azure [...]

By | 2015-12-17T09:00:54+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Azure, Office 365|4 Comments

December 11: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Resources at your fingertips

I know it's a pompous title, but that still the idea behind what I want to show next. As an IT-Pro I am used to staying up to date on the latest technology that I am working with. And with On-premises solutions like traditional ConfigMgr implementations, staying up to date is not too hard with a little bit of effort since new features and updates are not added daily as opposed to what is going on in the Cloud. Now for some time now I have been working with Cloud services like Microsoft Intune and eventually EMS after the suite [...]

December 1st: Azure Automation: Triggering a webhook from a SharePoint workflow using Out-of-the-box Activities

Welcome to this year Coretech December Calendar! Today is the 1st of december and we have a great little christmas treat for you! This is the first post in a series of posts, published every day in December. Today's subject is Triggering Webhooks from SharePoint! One of the great new features in Azure Automation is Webhooks! Webhooks is everywhere! More and more cloud services support them. Basically it is a simple HTTP Post sent to a web service that starts the runbooks. We can then send a bunch of data with the post and have the runbook receive these dato. [...]

By | 2015-12-01T12:00:00+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Automation, Azure|7 Comments

Azure automation: Start-AutomationRunbook – New simple way to start runbook jobs from within a runbook!

Microsoft has just released a new cmdlet in the realm of Azure automation. Start-AutomationRunbook The cmdlet is designed to start runbook jobs in the same account as the current running runbook, without having to define any endpoints/credentials/etc. Syntax is: [crayon-59c51a8ae8f98451224889/]

By | 2015-11-20T15:33:22+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Automation, Azure|6 Comments

Microsoft EMS News App for Windows 10 and Windows Phone 10

Update: The app has now changed name and is published to the Microsoft store under the name Microsoft EMS Resources An updated blog post is published here: http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/mas/december-11-microsoft-enterprise-mobility-suite-ems-resources-at-your-fingertips/ As an IT-Pro I am used to staying up to date on the latest technology that I am working with. And with On-premises solutions like traditional ConfigMgr implementations, staying up to to date is not too hard with a little bit of effort since new features and updates are not added daily as opposed to what is going on in the Cloud. The cloud is evolving so fast with new features and services added daily [...]

By | 2015-11-11T20:20:28+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), Office 365|6 Comments

Azure Automation: Script for downloading and preparing AzureRM modules for Azure Automation!

Update from MSFT: 2/22/2016: To respond to a common user question, right now there is no timeline on when additional modules / new versions of modules will be shipped out of box in the Automation service. If you have additional requirements besides what we currently ship globally, these modules / module versions will have to be imported as user modules. Please note the new guidance is that if the latest version of any Azure/AzureRM module is imported as a user module to an automation account, the latest versions of ALL Azure/AzureRM modules (not just the ones that ship out of [...]

By | 2015-10-12T16:01:15+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Azure|7 Comments

Azure Automation: New Features announced!

Today at the PowerShell summit in Stockholm,  Joe Levy and Anatoli Beliaev of Microsoft announced a bunch of new features that is publicly available in Azure Automation! Unfortunately I was not able to be there in person, but luckily multiple people tweeted about this stuff! (Thanks @vNiklas + @skillriver + more!! ) Some of the features is what I have demoed at multiple session within the last month. (SCU + User groups). Here is the list: Gallery Support Gallery has been expanded and has a nice button for it the gallery now also includes powershell scripts. PowerShell Script Runbooks Use [...]

By | 2015-09-15T14:03:34+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Azure, Scripting & Development|0 Comments

Cloud App discovery

A new feature in AD premium allows you to gather information about existing SaaS applications in your environment. The feature is called Cloud App Discovery and is part of your AD premium subscription. Here are the steps you need to take in order to get it working. Additional information can be found at Microsoft Technet   In your favorite browser navigate to https://appdiscovery.azure.com/ and click Get Started From the Cloud App Discovery pane click Create Click Settings, Management Agent and click Download – this will download the agent. The agent can be deployed thru Configuration Manager or any other SW [...]

By | 2015-08-25T10:49:23+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Azure|1 Comment

Azure Automation: Using Azure Scheduler to trigger a runbook via Runbook Webhooks

One of the great new features of Azure Automation is the Web hooks, which can be added to runbooks. A web hook is a way for an external system to trigger the runbook with specific input values. You can read more about how to trigger web hooks here: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-webhooks/   This article describes how easy it is to use the Azure Scheduler to actually trigger the runbook. There is already a scheduler built in, but there can be reasons that one would use Azure Scheduler instead   Azure Automation scheduler is not very advanced so far, it can only trigger [...]

By | 2015-05-20T14:52:52+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Automation, Azure|0 Comments

Azure Automation: New features including graphical designer and Hybrid Workers goes live!

Today at Ignite, Microsoft announced the next version of the portal for Azure Automation. This portal is part of the new Azure Portal, and you can try it out right away!! It has some great features in the interface and It enables proper Hybrid Cloud Automation! Execute Azure Automation runbook on-premise and trigger them from on-prem solutions!   Can I get a Woohoo!?   In this article, I will explain each feature in details New Graphical Runbook Designer interface (similar to the classic Orchestrator runbook designer) Hybrid Worker Role!! Web Hooks New portal design with better overview over runbooks, Assets etc. [...]

By | 2015-05-04T17:30:01+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Automation, Azure|0 Comments

Save money by using Azure Automation to deallocate VMs.

I have four Azure VMs running during normal business hours. All machines are Type A2 (2 CORES / 3.5 GB RAM) and cost $0.154/hr per VM. I start them in the morning at 8PM and deallocate them at 5PM when I leave the office. At least once a month I forget to deallocate. They then run unused until next morning (15 Hours). Apparently, I love Microsoft so much that I enjoy giving them my money. But mark my words. I will no longer pay for services that I don’t use….. Calculation Wasted hours Azure Price No. of VMs No. of [...]

By | 2017-08-22T10:14:32+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Automation, Azure|1 Comment