VMware Horizon View Blueprint for Automation Machine

Recently Automation Machine has announced collaboration with VMware (link). One of the technical outcomes of that collaboration is a new blueprint released by Automation Machine. For anyone wanting to skip directly to trying the blueprint, you can download it here. This blogpost will be discussing the features the blueprint is equipped with. I’m assuming you have a background in IT in general and some basic Automation Machine knowledge. You need to have an Automation Machine environment installed with a freshly created (empty) environment. Blueprint import   So you’ve started the User Interface and you want to import the blueprint you’ve...

Automation Machine & WSUS integration

Scenario Automation Machine provides options for managing with Windows Updates. On a collection you can set a list of options to manage Windows Updates on the client machines. In this blogpost I’ll discuss a common setup. A single WSUS server which all clients point to using client side targeting. The clients in this case being a set of servers (the role of the server is not relevant). over which we want full control regarding Windows Updates. I’m assuming you already have an Automation Machine environment and have working knowledge of WSUS (you can find numerous posts about setting up WSUS...

Automation Machine 2014 Reporting

In my last blog post I discussed a reporting script that was made for Automation Machine but also functions in XenApp environments without Automation Machine to manage the environment. This version however is only compatible with Automation Machine 2012 and a couple of earlier versions. The latest version (Automation Machine 2014) has a completely different framework so the script i wrote is incompatible. So for Automation Machine 2014 I’ve rewritten the script and created an Automation Machine 2014 package for it. Allowing you to change options much easier using simple checkboxes and drop down menus. So instead of opening the...

Reporting script for SBC farms

A lot of RDS and XenApp farm (SBC in general) are on a reboot schedule. Meaning they reboot regularly, mostly daily or weekly. This is done to ensure stability of the servers and to have a maintenance window in which we can install or upgrade software. Specifically we use Automation Machine Maintenance for this. AM Maintenance is used to provide high availability of the SBC farm. Maintenance accomplishes this by rebooting the server in 2 separate groups. Rebooting and deploying software automatically without having to perform any actions outside of office hours is a nice feature. It does impose some...