Building my System Center SP1 Lab Part 2: SQL Server

I’m building a new lab environment for my System Center stuff. Unfortunately I’m so busy lately, that it took a while to pick up where I left: Building my System Center SP1 Lab - Part 1: Domain Controller In this blog post I want to install a SQL 2012 SP1 server on Windows Server 2012. … Continue reading Building my System Center SP1 Lab Part 2: SQL Server

What is new in System Center 2012 SP1

Microsoft published a section on TechNet which gives you an overview of what’s new and changed in System Center SP1. Here’s my list of improvements/features from SP1 which are really cool and noteworthy:Configuration Manager: Windows 8 and Mac OS X supportConfiguration Manager: Mobile device management including Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and iOS (using the … Continue reading What is new in System Center 2012 SP1

Building my System Center SP1 Lab Part 1: Domain Controller

Everyone who is working with System Center products should have a lab/test/staging/whatever-you-want-to-call-non-production environment. System Center SP1 “RTM’ed” and I thought, let’s build a new lab environment. Most of the time, you will use parts of your existing infrastructure (like Active Directory or maybe even an existing SQL server) to setup your lab environment. This time … Continue reading Building my System Center SP1 Lab Part 1: Domain Controller

How to extend and populate a CI class in SCSM 2012

A fairly common requirement from customers is to extend work item or configuration item classes and pull values from other systems (like Active Directory or some database) and put it into a new property of an existing class. Service Manager is very extendable and has some great feature to help you with that. To achieve … Continue reading How to extend and populate a CI class in SCSM 2012

Inside Management Packs

Have you ever wondered how the Microsoft shipped management packs actually work? There are a couple of ways to look inside the Management Packs (MPs) and understand how they are actually working. Although you need a bit of PowerShell to get a glimpse inside the MPs, it’s worth a look… Note: the code below only works … Continue reading Inside Management Packs