Deploying ConfigMgr Current Branch in Azure Dev Test Lab

Remember the days when you spend hours if not days just to get a lab environment in place and any time you wanted to use the environment again, you spend another couple of hours to get It updated. About 3 years ago I started to make more use of Azure based compute to run my virtual machines, that I use for technology learning and research activities. Initially created the virtual machines through the portal, but Read More …

OMS Log Analytics HTTP Data Collector API – Work notes

I believe that the Microsoft Operations Management Suite is yet another example of how cool Cloud based solutions can be. Instead of first having to spin up an entire backend infrastructure before you can actually start collecting data, with the Microsoft Operations Management Suite you can directly start focusing on the task of collecting and visualizing your data. This blog post is basically a summary of my notes and scripts that I created while exploring Read More …

Retrieve Azure Virtual Machine Size information with PowerShell

One important topic to consider when deploying virtual machines in Azure is the size of the virtual machine as this affects the pricing, but beware that not only virtual machine sizing has a pricing impact other factors like storage and optional features like IP address options add to the costs as well. A good starting point to get an understanding of virtual machine costs is the Azure pricing calculator: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/calculator/ Be aware that when selecting Read More …

Download and Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit with PowerShell

Back in June 2012 I posted the Automated download and Installation for the Windows Assessment and Deployment kit article. Not a lot has changed since then,i.e. you still need to first download the sources before you can install them. Nevertheless since using batch scripts isn’t really state of the art anymore these days,I decided to rewrite the script in PowerShell.

Downlload source from GitHub

Select-MyAzureRmSubscription

I have multiple Azure subscriptions linked to my account, so anytime I connect to Azure in PowerShell I have to make sure i am working in the right context. To simplify this I wrote a little helper function called Select-MyAzureRmSubscription. After entering the -SubscriptionName parameter the script enumerates alll the subscriptions I have access to and generates a dynamic parameter option.

Script location on GitHub: https://github.com/alexverboon/posh/blob/master/Azure/Utilities/select-MyAzureRmSubscription.ps1  

PowerShell Script – Get-MsolUserInformation

The Get-MsolUserInformation cmdlet provides an easy way to retrieve all users that are a member or guest and/or are registered in Azure Directory or Active Directory.

 

PowerShell Script – Get-WinBuildInfo

Here’s a script I wrote that retrieves all the Windows 10 build information, including Insider level when enabled.  

And here’s a list of sites that provide information about the builds, releases, version numbers etc. http://changewindows.org/platform/desktop https://buildfeed.net/ https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-info.aspx https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history?ocid=client_wu  

Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics – Notes and PowerShell snippets

I am considering using the Windows 10 upgrade analytics for our Windows 10 project that we’ve just started just recently. Below you find some random notes and references I have gathered during my exploration journey. The Upgrade Analytics Blog Here is where you find the latest information from the Upgrade Analytics team: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/ Upgrade Analytics on TechNet Information about the Architecture, deployment techniques, prerequisites and more can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/deploy/manage-windows-upgrades-with-upgrade-analytics If you have concerns Read More …