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I’m an old fashion when it comes to my daily tasks list. I still use a notebook instead of OneNote or any other famous applications out there.

In my opinion, Dedicated hard-copy written text brings more attention with it as compared to any another excel\note which available in my computer\smartphone. But still… that’s my own opinion.


Today’s post is about my “self-developed algorithm” for generating a TO-DO list. How it works?

The range for Urgency and Importance is from [lowest] 1 to 5 [highest] (1,2,3,4,5) and for Ease of implementation is [hardest] 1 to 3 [easiest].

Range for Urgency and Importance:

  • 1 = Not urgent\important
  • 5 = Very urgent\important

Range for Ease of implementation:

  • 1 = Hard
  • 2 =Medium
  • 3 = Very easy

After we understood the ranges we’ll build the TO-DO matrix like this:

Task Urgency Importance Ease of implementation Total
- - - - -
- - - - -

Write down your daily tasks and set the score (by the range) for each column and work by the following formula : Urgency * Importance + Ease of implementation = Total

Sort the results while the highest total score is your first to-do task and the lowest is the last one…

For example:

Task Urgency Importance Ease of implementation Total
Send an update mail 5 5 2 27
Read an article 1 3 2 5
Read mail from my boss 1 1 3 4
Clean my mailbox 1 4 2 6

So, this is how my TO-DO list will look like:

  1. Send an update mail (5*5+2)
  2. Clean my mailbox (1*4+2)
  3. Read an article (1*3+2)
  4. Read mail from my boss (1*1+3)


Hope you find it helpful.

Quick post of an old fashioned vbs script I’ve just finished to adapt to my needs (it is written in a rusty way, I know), the script based on origin script by “Scripting Guy blog”.
The following adapted script generates CSV file with all Active Directory attributes and some useful (what I was need) information about (is it a single\multi value ? dataType, system only attribute ? and if its a liked attribute).
This information is needed from time to time when dealing with Active Directory code. the script has simple configuration:

‘###### Configuration ######
RootDCInfo = “DC=YourDomain,DC=lab”            ‘Forest root domain
TargetFile = “c:\temp\attributes.csv”                      ‘CSV File location
‘###### Configuration ######


Active Directory


After configuring it to your relevant environment you will be ready to go – ListAttr Script

As always, have fun ! :)

Yesterday, we had Liraz Barak (NTLM restriction) and Martin Schvartzman (PS Remoting ) presentations, so… Attached :

NTLM restriction by Liraz Barak

PS Remoting (+ scripts) by Martin Schvartzman

i would like to thank them both.

In addition to the presentation by Martin from previous week, I’ve found a great tutorial for Installation of Web Based PowerShell, the post written by Anil Erduran and posted on Team blog of MCS @ Middle East and Africa (and yes, I know its from 2012 !)

Sorry about the delay, attached the links to the recent user group meetings presentations:

DSC in PowerShell 4.0 (+ scripts) by Martin Schvartzman

Pass-the-Hash What is it & What to do about it by Benny Lakunishok

Dump Analyzing by Dinor Geler

Software Defined Storage by Moti Bani

Top 10 PowerShell mistakes and traps to avoid by Martin Schvartzman

Extending Monitoring to Unix/Linux Environments by Yaniv Shmulevich


Well, I’m a VP Product now.

June 13th, 2014 | Posted by sharon in Miscellaneous - (2 Comments)

After years,  I took a pause from the Management & Orchestration world and took myself back to my origins – Active Directory’s world !

My new position is a VP Product in a small successful start-up called Semperis. our products deals with Active Directory Recovery – object \ granular recovery, change auditing and forest recovery too.

Product Manager

“Look mom, I’m VP Product” (image source: mindtheproduct)

I’ll keep posting from time to time about different things from my new world (Product Management & Active Directory).

Meanwhile, have fun ! :)

When using the last version of Silverlight and you navigate to the Service Manager Self Service Portal (SharePoint with Silverlight based WebPart) – it won’t work with Internet Explorer 9 !. the Silverlight WebPart keep asking for downloading the last version of Silverlight and the screen is blank. after checking all the permissions and updated to the last version, the problem still existed !!!

So, how to solve ?

  1. Lunch the site with IE 32bit
  2. Add the portal address to the computability view address
  3. Add the site to local intranet\trusted sites and click the “custom level” button, there please change the following options:
  4. Allow ActiveX filtering – set to Disabled
  5. Only allow approved domain to use AcitveX without prompt
  6. Restart the browser.

That’s it. now it will work :)

On the 5/2/14 Microsoft has introduce the System Center 2012 R2 Techday,  the day started with high brief of the new features of R2 (By Debora Manor), after that a lectures about New Monitoring operations with Operations Manager 2012 R2 (by Yaniv Smulevici), Extend your skills with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2  (by Kobi Levi), IasS & PaaS private Cloud with Azure Pack (By Memi Lavi) and Service Management Automation (SMA) with Orchestrator & Azure Pack (By me – Sharon Abarbanel).

Sharon Abarbanel

My lecture focused on two main capabilities of Orchestrator and it’s integration with Azure Pack, the 1st one was the new feature called Service Management Automation (SMA) and the second was the Automation by integrating Service Manager Self Service Portal with Orchestrator (I know its not new feature but I feel its not getting the right promotion here in IL).

So I reviewed the new things and updates in Orchestrator R2 and started focusing in the SMA and its architecture and capabilities…

For the SMA part I split the demonstration to four parts:

  1. 1st SMA Runbook created an Azure Pack’s user (locally)
  2. 2nd SMA Runbook invoked Orchestrator Runbook which created the same user in AD
  3. 3rd SMA Runbook called these both runbooks to show I call nested runbooks.
  4. Demo of hooking SMA runbooks by VM automation triggering (SPF was configured)

For the Service Manager integration, I have triggered an Orchestarto’s runbook by SCSM Self Service Portal form (based on SharePoint).

Well… that’s it :)


Attached the link for the Hyper-V Storage & Virtual Disks presentation, hope you liked it.

Have fun – http://www.system-center.me/usg/hyper-disks.ppsx

Hyper-V Storage

Hyper-V Storage

In Addition to my very old post about logging your workflows with logging Runbook - Orchestrator Verbose Logging your Workflow, I’ve decided to develop an Activity which will do the logging functionality instead of build a Runbook…
This integration Pack Includes only one activity for logging. you can choose how to manage your logs, by size (for ex: every 5M start a new log file and rename the old one) or by date (every day has its own log).

You can manage the encoding, log’s prefix & suffix, size (only used in “Log Name By Size” option) and path…

Have fun :)

Could be downloaded from CodePlex




It’s going to be a short tip… nothing new, just information I couldn’t find on the net while trying to explain some customer how to insert the data into excel so… hope it will be useful to you.

When using performance view.. you have the ability to export the perf data to clipboard (“Copy Data to Clipboard”) … quick paste of the copied data will look like this:




















So… as you can see, this data is not so sortable or even readable, that’s my tip:

  1. Create new file with XML extension
  2. Paste the data you have copied from the console and save the file as is.
  3. Lunch Excel
  4. In the ribbon, navigate to DATA and choose “From Other Sources”
  5. Choose “From XML Data Import” and load the xml file – BL1
  6. Probably the Excel will warn you about some changes it going to do.. accept it – BL2
  7. Enjoy your perf data formatted in Excel – BL3