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SQL Saturday 2017 "Midwest Tour"

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Robert Gerads

I kissed my wife and three boys good-bye, and jumped in my car to begin my 269-mile trek across the border to Madison, Wisconsin.  As a Minnesotan, we don't typically cross the border unless we have perfectly good reason.  I was pondering my future.  In the weeks leading up to this point, I had a few unique opportunities surface and was on the verge of accepting an opportunity to build a Microsoft Data, Analytics and Cloud practice for a company downtown Minneapolis.I had developed a strong belief in the "new Microsoft" under Satya Nadella and Microsoft's Data Analytics ecosystem - featuring products like Azure, Power BI, Machine Learning. I also could sense there was something special about the community of users - but couldn't quite put my finger on it. I mean, on any given Saturday ordinary people are freely giving up their Saturday to spend a day rubbing shoulders with their tech-peers and learning.

Using MomCertImport.exe  in a Powershell Workflow to Automate Certificate Deployment on SCOM Gateways

Posted on November 09, 2017 by Cole McDonald
In my continuing efforts to fully automate a SCOM environmental deployment, I've been tackling how to go about automating registering the SCOM gateways to the Management Server Pool.  I've got most of the process done, but the certificate registration has tried to elude me as the MOMcertImport tool doesn't work directly from Powershell.  Luckily, Powershell allows us to work around that using the Start-Process cmdlet to run an executable application in its own cmd.exe instance.
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