SCOM dashboarding done differently

I am a big fan of nice looking monitoring dashboards, specifically the ones that are clean and show information that is of real value to the target audience. Many times I see huge (and expensive) wall mounted displays just showing lists of alerts, red and yellow icons and seemingly random performance graphs nobody is really interested in. Most of the time nobody pays attention to the screens since there is ... READ MORE

Azure Automation and parallel processing

For a customer I was working on some Azure Automation for starting and stopping virtual machines on a schedule. Many resources are available with examples on how to stop and start virtual machines from Azure Automation runbooks. Unfortunately many examples are based on sequential execution of code and are nice when you have only a few VMs but result in an unacceptable long execution time in larger environments. Execution in parallel is essential for larger environments. PowerShell Workflow can perform ... READ MORE