Azure Cloud Shell with Azure CLI
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on December 12, 2017
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Microsoft has introduced Azure Cloud Shell, a new way of managing resources from the Azure Portal. Within a browser, you can use Bash to troubleshoot and automate your most common management tasks. Support for Windows PowerShell is expected soon. Azure Cloud Shell will help you to store your favorite scripts in the Cloud.

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Introducing Microsoft ‘Project Honolulu’
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 7, 2017
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Microsoft continues to invest and expand its PowerShell Scripting Environment but sometimes it is necessary to use a graphical interface in order to manage systems. This is the reason why Microsoft also develops a new management tool called “Project Honolulu”. Honolulu is the modern evolution of traditional MMC, first introduced in 2000. Now, it’s time to update our management tools!

So, Microsoft has introduced the Technical Preview of Project Honolulu at MSIgnite, a new way for managing your Windows Servers from a new browser-based graphical management tool with HTML5. Microsoft said “Our vision is to deliver a secure platform. […] For us, modernizing the platform means giving users greater flexibility in how and where they deploy and access the tools. […] Some Windows Server capabilities, which were previously manageable only via PowerShell, now also have an easy-to-use graphical experience”.

In this article, I will describe how to download and install Honolulu.

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Upgrading System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 to 2016
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on July 11, 2017
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Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment. Orchestrator is also known as “SCORCH” or “SCO”. Orchestrator uses a drag and drop graphical interface to allow admins to define runbooks. A runbook is a compilation of routine procedures and operations that Orchestrator will run depending on your scheduling. Finally, Orchestrator is capable of managing multiple operating systems.

After reading this guide, you should have a basic understanding of how to upgrade/install Orchestrator.

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Installing System Center Configuration Manager 1610 (Current Branch) on Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. PART 2
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 16, 2017
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Thanks to the previous part, we have SQL Server 2016 installed and configured. Before running the SCCM installation process, let’s remember the architecture we are implementing.

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Installing System Center Configuration Manager 1610 (Current Branch) on Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. PART1
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 14, 2017
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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

On November 17th  2016, Microsoft SCCM Team has released version 1610 for the Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager that includes some great new features and product enhancements.

SCCM 1610 includes lots of new features and enhancements in Windows 10 and Office 365 management, application management, end user experience, client management and also includes new functionality in hybrid mode with Microsoft Intune.

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Managing Exchange Server 2016 Using PowerShell
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 1, 2017
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Exchange Server 2016 Using PowerShell

PowerShell has become the preferred tool for managing Microsoft server products. Sysadmins can take full advantage of PowerShell to manage roles and perform routine management tasks. By using the command line, sysadmins are able to:

  • Create a mailbox
  • Configure a receive connector
  • Generate a custom report
  • Manage Distribution Group members, permissions, and group types
  • Manage Exchange Services
  • Etc.

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Installing Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on January 30, 2017
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On October 1st, Microsoft Exchange Team released the new Exchange Server 2016. Microsoft has been testing and improving on millions of mailboxes in their Office365 environment before releasing the product on-premises. I will describe in this article a step-by-step guide for the installation of Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. The installation considers:

  • a single server deployment of Exchange Server 2016 with the Mailbox role on a new Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2016 forest functional level
  • Exchange Server 2016 with the latest Cumulative Update 4

Because Windows PowerShell is a powerful tool that every sysadmin would know, I will use PowerShell to perform the installation. But If you prefer the graphical interface, you can use it!

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