When 2014 comes!!!

With the release of windows 8 approaching we are drawing closer to the end of support date for windows XP. With this in mind people are probably wondering what a actions they can take to mitigate application computability issues. Using virtual desktops, virtual app or presentation virtualisation will ultimately leave you in the same position, reliant upon in-house knowledge or third party support once the cut off date ticks over. This may or may not be a bad thing… In a economic downturn it most likely comes down to risk vs cost. The risk of running an unsupported (not patched) platform can be mitigated by a decent security configuration and with anit-malware and firewall technology. If say for example your only requirement for a lob app is to access an internal only access web system, measures could be taken to limit the attack surface. The other alert-natives are to upgrade the application, run a terminal services session to server 2008 (not r2) or use a 3rd party extension to internet explorer which includes the older 6+ rendering engines.
Which ever decision you make there will probably be manny factors which influence your decision and there are many different paths that you can take. The same is true for most situations, effective forward planning should ensure you can move forward in secure manner and hopefully without breaking the bank.

How to backup SCSM 2012 Service Manager Server and Data Warehouse

For those of you who use native backup or for those building the system I’ve put together a quick T-SQL file for backup up the databases:

For the SCSM Service Manager Server

USE ServiceManager GO BACKUP DATABASE ServiceManager TO DISK = ‘c:\backup\ServiceManager.bak’ WITH FORMAT, MEDIANAME = ‘CSQLSERVERBACKUP’, NAME = ‘ServiceManager Full Backup’; GO

For the data warehouse use:

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Process Pack for SCSM 2012


The following System Center 2012 – Service Manager add-ons and extensions are available for download:

System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool
The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool is a tool for customization and extension of the built-in functionality in System Center Service Manager. This release supports modifying existing Process Management Packs and creating new Management Packs that define extensions to the Service Manager database for tracking additional information, customizations of forms or new forms, and new workflows. This release is available in 10 languages.

This release is compatible with the System Center 2012. It contains the necessary changes to ensure the Authoring Tool is compatible with System Center 2012 – Service Manager but does not contain a new feature set from prior releases.

System Center Cloud Services Process Pack
This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Process Management Pack
Microsoft System Center solutions assist medium and large organizations in managing and automating their IT GRC responsibilities; improving IT GRC program management efficiency while reducing costs; simplifying and consolidating IT GRC workloads; and increasing executive, audit, and management visibility into their GRC programs. The IT GRC Process Management Pack —combined with the IT Compliance Management Series—helps customers understand and bind complex business objectives to their Microsoft infrastructure in an operationally efficient manner.

You get what you pay for…

Had a strange one today, my friend asked me to rebuild his laptop the other day which I did, however he reported that the track pad wasn’t working properly. Now I’m not sure if I used a USB mouse to build it but that’s beside the point, as far as I was aware it was working fine when I gave it back to him. So I take a look and the trackpad was behaving in a very odd manner. After trying a few things I felt a bit stumped….. I turn to google and found a post where someone mentioned it occurring after using a replacement charger… I pull the power cable out (some cheap aftermarket jobby that cost far less than an OEM one) and low and behold the track pad spring back into life. So here is proof that you get what you pay for, buy a cheap replacement for a part and you may find yourself having wasted money 😉