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Export / Import Variables to Azure Automation

For unencrypted variables in an Azure Automation account - the script linked here will export or...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 06/05/2018

Azure Service Principal in Jenkins

A quick update to a previous post - below is how to add an Azure Service Principal to a Jenkins job...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 04/18/2018

PowerShell Core and Jenkins

I have been working with a customer who wants to get some usage data from Azure around virtual...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 01/23/2018

Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 4

Picking this series up after a break. Last time I mentioned I wanted to be able to add multiple...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 07/21/2017

Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 3

Following on from the previous post - this time I create a separation between development and...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 04/12/2017

Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 2

This is a continuation from the post here where I created a build and release pipeline for my DSC...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 04/12/2017

Continuous Deployment to Azure Automation DSC Part 1

Update: Part 2 is located here and Part 3 is here I've been recently involved in creating some DSC...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 04/11/2017

Change in focus...

I forgot I haven't touched this in a while - but will not be posting anything about Service Manager...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 03/22/2017

Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 02/15/2016

Domain Join Using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 02/15/2016

Using DSC to Setup the New SCSM Portal Server

Hooray the new portal is out – you can get it from...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/11/2015

Domain Join using Azure Automation DSC

Now we have the ability to store DSC configurations in the cloud as part of an Azure Automation...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 08/05/2015

Creating a View for the Primary Owner

I had a request recently to build a view which showed all Incidents where the primary owner was the...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 06/01/2015

Install Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Role

Goodbye Orchestrator! Welcome to Azure Automation (AA) and it’s awesome new authoring and runtime...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 06/01/2015

Support Group Incident Timer – Part 1 – Creating the Object

I’ve had a question around timing how long an incident remains in a queue for. Although Service...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 03/30/2015

Determine Required Field for Service Manager Object

I have been trying to automate the creation of business service objects using a CSV file however ran...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 03/30/2015

Creating the Management Service Recovery Keys Using DSC

In the last post I used Configuration Manager to remediate missing registry keys. Using PowerShell...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 01/19/2015

Creating the Management Service Recovery Keys Using Compliance Settings

It is a well documented issue that the management service can stop responding when SQL drops out –...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 01/19/2015

Review Activity Approval Rating

In the last post I showed how to “move along” users who are slacking at doing their approvals. This...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 12/10/2014

Review Activity Reminder

The post below shows how to use Orchestrator as a tool to “remind” users that they have a review...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 12/10/2014

Custom Attribute Changes Not Saving

An interesting issue over the last couple of days. I had created a couple of management packs which...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/19/2014

Add Comments to a Service Request

I have created a simple Runbook to add a comment to a service request. This will be useful for the...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/16/2014

Dealing with XML Inputs From Service Manager

In the previous post I showed how we can use the user input field from a service request which...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/16/2014

Handling Many Service Request Inputs

Some work I did for a customer recently involved the automation of their new user creation process....

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/16/2014

New MP Enumeration List

There seems to be little information on the Internet about creating new lists which you can use a...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/16/2014

Selecting the Days of the Week in a Service Request

A requirement recently came up where during the new user creation process it was needed to indicate...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/09/2014

Notifying Reviewers Added to an Activity

In the last post I showed how to create a review activity and add reviewers to the new activity. An...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/04/2014

Members of a Group for a Review Activity

Suppose you select a group for a review activity to approve a request. The current behaviour seems...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/04/2014

Adding the Current User Value to the Request Form

In the previous post I allowed a user to change their mobile phone number. What didn't happen...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/04/2014

Modifying a Single Value in Active Directory

A reasonably common request I come across is how to create a request offering allowing a user to...

Author: Anthony Watherston Date: 11/04/2014