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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


I’ve just uploaded the presentations files for out last User Group Meeting:

SQL 2012 AlwaysON : http://www.system-center.me/usg/AlwaysON%20AVG.pdf

Performance  Monitoring : http://www.system-center.me/usg/Performance%20Premier.pdf


Have fun ! :)

To read more and download navigate to System Center Team Blog

It’s not going to be a technical post.. just some “share moment” post from my experience :)

I had the honor to participate two conferences of Microsoft Techdays in Israel, the first one was about Orchestration with System Center Orchestrator – “The Orchestration Revolution” (4/3/13), me and my friend Tal Shaham (Microsoft IL) lectured about the new abilities that Orchestrator brings to the organization, I had a great demo which demonstrated a live working Runbook with my own developed Integration Packs (Robocopy & Dynamic Vars).

Sharon Abarbanel Tal Shaham

The second lecture (20/5/13) was about “Debug Production Application Issues using System Center Operations Manager“, me and my friend Yaniv Shmulevich (Senior PFE @Microsoft IL) lectured about DevOps, APM and TFS synchronization. every parameter of the configuration wizard of APM was explained (Performance monitoring, Methods & Namespaces Monitoring, Similar & Related Events, etc.). We had a demo with “homemade” application which demonstrated Server & Client side exceptions. We showed how to assign these alerts\exception to TFS and how we can see it within the AppDiagnostic, AppAdvisor, etc.

Sharon Abarbanel Yaniv Shmulevich

Link to the above lecture’s presentation – Debug Production Application Issues using System Center Operations Manager

More about the last event on Technet’s Blog

Well, it’s been a pleasure to take part and to serve the IT community of IL, this post was a short summarizing of the events.

A short interview (in hebrew) I did about IT Orchestration… Could be read here.

Have fun :)

MPViewer got updated (2.2.2)

April 30th, 2013 | Posted by sharon in Miscellaneous | OpsMgr - (0 Comments)

Generally, I’m trying not to write about updates and news, just about things nobody else writing about, but in that case I think its very helpful that my readers will get noticed – a new Version of MPViewer is out, quoting from the original site:

[Updated on April 26th 2013 with MPViewer 2.2.2 that contains a fix for some rules in the IIS MP that were incorrectly being reported as not generating alerts, and another fix for the "unseal/unbundle" menu item that sometimes was not being enabled]

Well, not a deal breaker fixes, but still… Could be downloaded from here


Have fun !