Category Archives: Azure

Use Run as accounts with hybrid worker groups in Azure Automation

In my earlier posts about what you can do with Azure Automation and OMS I have been using the Hybrid Worker Role for some, and for others I have run them directly in Azure. Now, what´s new since I wrote these posts is that you no longer need to delegate rights in your AD to the computer account running the agent connected to OMS. This has been changed as the team behind the Hybrid Worker Role have added the ability to run your scripts with a given run as account. In this post you will see how you can use Run as accounts with hybrid worker groups in Azure Automation.

If you want to read the historic posts, you´ll find them below:

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FREE Whitepaper on OMS – Born in the Cloud: Monitoring Linux Workloads with OMS

FREE Whitepaper on OMS – Born in the Cloud: Monitoring Linux Workloads with OMS

Download the whitepaper here

IT Professionals are using a plethora of tools to build a complete monitoring solution in order to keep their datacenters healthy and operational. Powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform, Operations Management Suite (OMS) provides more predictive & analytical capabilities to keep your data center healthy.

Savision’s newest whitepaper focuses on monitoring Linux workloads with OMS for analytics, proactive monitoring and resource utilization in your heterogeneous data center environment. The whitepaper is written by Microsoft MVP Janaka Rangama: ‘Born in the Cloud: Monitoring Linux Workloads with OMS‘, and provides insights on how organizations can combine the existing System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) environments with OMS to gain control over modern hybrid clouds. In addition, you will learn how you can extend OMS with business service management information to ensure you can directly know how all that detailed log data impacts your business and service levels.

With this whitepaper, you will learn:

  • What Microsoft Operations Management Suite is and how it can simplify data center management.
  • How to leverage OMS Log Analytics to analyze, predict and protect your Linux workloads.
  • How to integrate System Center Operations Manager with OMS for extended monitoring.
  • How to harness the power of Business Service Management with Savision’s Live Maps Unity using Microsoft OMS.

You can download the whitepaper here.

Reset AD user password using Azure Automation and OMS

So the time has come, holidays are over and we have stepped into another year. This time it says 2016 and I think we are looking into a great year with tons of possibilities, such as System Center 2016, Windows Server 2016 along with continuous updates to Operations Management Suite and a lot more. I ended last year with writing a series of five blog posts about how you can use Azure Automation and OMS to finish some of your repetitive tasks for you. Find them all below and take a look. Who knowns? This might be just what you´ve been looking for?

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Download my new whitepaper: The cloud and my on-prem investments, a perfect match?

As most people working in IT and who has done so for a while knows, there is a “new” thing called the cloud which have taken more place than earlier. When talking about “the cloud”, some questions show up almost every time like what is the difference between a public and a private cloud? Why should I use the cloud?

Another question that shows up more frequent is whether my on-prem investments in System Center are useless now that I have the cloud right “over my head”? What about my recent investments in new hardware which is being managed by System Center or simply in System Center itself? Yes, the cloud will deliver new servers within minutes but that doesn’t mean you investments are in vain. The unlimited resources of the cloud come real handy in different scenarios; one scenario can be when you are about to get new hardware and in this case you may just as well put your servers in the cloud while another scenario brings you to a hybrid solution where you extend your datacenter up into the cloud. This way, you can take advantage of the scalability of the cloud and only use those servers you put up there when needed.

Download your free copy of the whitepaper here.
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Summary of the year 2015

Now that my blog has been up and running for a complete year, the time has come for a summary of the year 2015. Of course this statistic should be shared with my readers as well to let you know what we have accomplished together.

During 2015 I wrote 41 different posts, starting with Using your onprem AD account with Azure Operational Insights and ending the year with a post about NiCE as a new sponsor and A first look at SCOM 2016 Technical Preview 4.
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Create Service accounts using Azure Automation and OMS

The last weeks I have blogged more about what you can do with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and Azure Automation. This have ended up in three posts on how to create both on-prem AD users but also Azure AD users. To make life even easier for you, I have now created a runbook which lets you create new on-prem service accounts. The best part of it? It´s completely automatic and the only thing you need to provide is the system name (SM for Service Manager for example) and the function (Workflows, to use for SCSM workflows etc.), the rest is handled for you.

You can find the three previous posts below.

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Delegate automation rights in Azure Automation

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember two of my later posts which concerns the creation of AD users, both on-prem and in Azure AD. Those posts show the real strength with using Azure Automation and you will see how easy you can make life for yourself but also for your personnel. The first post about creating AD users in your on-prem AD can be found here and the other one about creating Azure AD users can be found here.

So what have I done this time to make this post interesting? As I mentioned, the above posts are great in automating the user creation. But do you want to be the one as an admin or the author to sit all day and create users? Wouldn’t it be better if you could leave that to HR or someone else who can create the users as soon as they want it? Since I´m guessing that you would want to delegate this task, I´ve written this post so that you know how to do it. I will be using Role Based Access Control (RBAC) for Azure Automation to make all of this work.

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Create Azure AD users with Azure Automation

A few weeks back I wrote this post about how you can use OMS and Azure Automation to create new users in your on-prem AD. That solution uses the Hybrid Worker Role of Azure Automation and works perfect as long as you want the user on-prem. But what about those of you that doesn’t have an on-prem AD anymore, or never had one? There´s no need to cry over that repetitive task anymore, cause I´ve got the solution for you. Do you want a way to automatically create new users in your Azure AD where all you have to do is to type in the name, city, office etc.? Then keep on reading, cause this is what you´re looking for.
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Import new modules into Azure Automation

When you start working with Azure Automation, you will most likely run into the fact that not all of the PowerShell modules you are used to is available in there from the beginning. A while back I wrote a post on how you can create an AD user in your on-prem AD using Hybrid Workers which you can find here. Since we´re moving more and more towards different cloud services, such as Operations Management Suite, Office 365 and so on, we have the need for our identities to also exist in the cloud. In this case as a follow-up on my previous post, I want to show you how you can create an Azure AD user as well using Azure Automation. For this to work, a couple of things needs to be configured first. In this post I will show how to get ready to automate this kind of tasks.
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Introducing the OMS Linux agent

Earlier this week while I was busy writing the post about OMS and Azure Automation, Microsoft made the Linux agent for Operations Management Suite (OMS) available through an open preview. Before this, the only possibility of managing Linux servers in OMS was to gather diagnostics data from Linux servers running in Azure. This data was stored in an Azure storage blob from where OMS then read the data and presented as syslog events. Now, with this new agent we get a lot of new possibilities, such as near real time performance monitoring and syslog gathering.

Installing the agent

First, make sure that your server is supported to run the new agent. The Linux distributions that are supported at this poing are the following:

  • Amazon Linux 2012.09 –> 2015.09 (x86/x64)
  • CentOS Linux 5,6, and 7 (x86/x64)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5,6, and 7 (x86/x64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5,6 and 7 (x86/x64)
  • Debian GNU/Linux 6, 7, and 8 (x86/x64)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 15.04 (x86/x64)
  • SUSE Linux Enteprise Server 11 and 12 (x86/x64)

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