Demystifying the LoginAM startup task

The starting point of LoginAM is the startup task (a windows scheduled task). Almost every functionality of LoginAM is started directly or indirectly by this task. But what does it do? This is something usually discussed in training sessions at customers as part of a more comprehensive training. But even with the more advanced administrators that use LoginAM the knowledge of the task isn’t great. Which really is a pity because when you understand the startup task it makes troubleshooting and creating more complex packages much easier. An overview Since its the starting point for a lot of the functionality of LoginAM it...

LoginAM – RDS 2016 Blueprint ready

The new RDS 2016 Blueprint based on Windows Server 2016 is ready for usage. I could say I put blood, sweat and tears into it. However I didn’t really do too much. I imported the old RDS 2012R2 blueprint. I already knew that when installing Server 2016 with a full GUI desktop experience was already installed so I removed that part. Then I renamed the collections, layer and packages from 2012 to 2016. That’s basically it. I went on to deploy the RDS deployment (which was the biggest part of the job) and all was working out of the box. Windows Server...

LoginAM Web features Part 1 – Usage Reporting

A new major version of LoginAM will be released that includes a couple of great new features. I’ll write about these features in 3 separate blogposts. This is the first of the series. This blogpost will encompass the new Usage Reporting feature of LoginAM. The other 2 blogposts will be about the SCCM import feature & Image Management. The second blogpost in the series has been released: LoginAM Image Management These 3 new features are available from a newly build web UI. In the future the web UI will be extended with more features. Parts of the management console(s) we have now will be moved...

LoginAM custom maintenance scripts

Running automated maintenance is complicated LoginAM offers a maintenance plugin that grants you extensive capabilities to perform automated changes on your machines. I wrote a blogpost about this subject last week. A couple of the options are that you can process servers in different orders (or divide them into 2 groups), request users to gracefully logoff, daily or weekly scheduling and it reports about the results of maintenance. So the maintenance plugin is already very complete. We can’t however know all kinds of servers and actions needed before a change starts. Some databaseservers might need their databases gracefully stopped, you might want...

VMware Horizon View Blueprint for AM

Recently Automation Machine has announced collaboration with VMware (link). One of the technical outcomes of that collaboration is the new blueprint, Vmware Horizon View, 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...

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...