FREE Microsoft eBooks

Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager – Eric Ligman posted a list of almost 300 FREE Microsoft eBooks. You can download them all from hos blog at the following address:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx

Publishing of older posts

I have decided to publish some of my older posts that I held private as they was mostly ment as a collection of good links for my own use. Most of them are related to System Center 2012 but other areas are included as well.

SPN settings in SCOM 2012
SCOM 2012 Agent Discovery Fails
System Center 2012 Operations Manager Survival Guide
Operations Manager 2012 Sizing Helper Tool
How to become an expert
Monitoring Text and CSV log files in System Center Operations Manager
Visio and SharePoint extensions for System Center 2012
WS-Management/SMASH in SCOM 2012
Script to backup MPs
Regular expressions in SCOM
Remote Server Administration Toolkit for Windows 8
How to Create Your Own Windows Azure Publish Settings File
SCOM Remote Maintenance Mode Scheduler 2.0
Understanding Operations Manager Maintenance Mode
How to make Operations Manager 2012 (SCOM 2012) Fault Tolerant

Use PowerShell to Find Service Accounts

I was looking for a way to find service accounts using PowerShell and found the following post on the “Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog”:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2012/02/15/the-scripting-wife-uses-powershell-to-find-service-accounts.aspx

To summarize, you can use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet to retrieve information about service accounts as in the following example:

Get-WmiObject win32_service | format-table Name, StartName

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

One of the news in Hyper-V 2012 R2 is Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), which lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine. It works even in disconnected Environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine (running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Standard or Essential) when it starts. Real-time reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.

AVMA is easy to implement, use one of the following AVMA keys when installing a new virtual machine in Hyper-V:

Edition AVMA key
Datacenter Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Standard DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
Essentials K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

More information is available on Technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx