au2mator WEBCAST Recording – Self Service your IT with au2mator

I have done a Webcast a few days ago, on how to use au2mator Self Service Portal, here is the recording, enjoy.


Orchestrator SQL Query to get Runbook running-time

Lately, we had a Requirement, at one of our Customers, to alert someone, if a Runbook is longer running than 30 minutes. There is a way to write an Event Log if a Runbook is running longer than XX Minutes, but this has to be configured for each single Runbook, so that wasn’t a good Solution.

So I have created a small SQL Query for that, which I would like to present to you. feel Free to use.


The Script

DateDiff(second, ins.TimeStarted, GETUTCDATE()) as Totalseconds ,
DateDiff(second, ins.TimeStarted, GETUTCDATE()) / 3600 as Hours, 
(DateDiff(second, ins.TimeStarted, GETUTCDATE()) % 3600) / 60 as Minutes, 
DateDiff(second, ins.TimeStarted, GETUTCDATE()) % 60 as Seconds

inner join POLICIES on Ins.PolicyID=POLICIES.UniqueID

 where Ins.Status is null and Name not like '%-MON-%'
order by Totalseconds desc

The Result


Some Information

The SQL Script is excluding all Runbooks which contain “-MON-“, cause this are the Monitoring Runbooks, we don’t want to alert, cause they are running all the time.

We are calculating the totalseconds, and additionally the hours, minutes and seconds as a Result.


Michael Seidl aka Techguy

Altaro VM Backup for Hyper-V and VMware

logoIn this Post, i want to take a closer Look at one my Blog Sponsor. Altaro VM Backup is providing a high performance VM Backup Solution. Before we start with some Key Features, let me introduce Altaro VM Backup.

With Altaro VM Backup, you only need to Backup your VM’s, doesn’t matter if it is HyperV or VMware. You need to license only the amount of Hosts, not the amount of Cores. And the best, for 2 VM’s it is absolutely free.

Feature Highlight

Backup every 5 Minutes

With the newest Release, it will be possible to backup your VM’s up to every 5 Minutes. So will loos nearly no Data in Case of a Desaster.

Boot from Backup

Each Backup is only as good as the Restore time. With Altaro VM Backup you will be able to Boot your VM directly from your Backup Vault, without the a Recovery-time.

Support for Azure Cloud

Of course, also Altaro VM Backup is supporting the offsite Backup to the Azure Cloud. So your Backup is really secure and offsite with support for Azure Backup Vault.

And many more…

Of course, above i have only mentioned a few Features, just to name some more:

Augmented Inline Deduplication, vCenter and CSV Support, Backup with zero Downtime, Central Console, automated Tests and lot more.


As you know, i am a SCDPM Fanboy for a very long time, but some Features are definitely worth trying Altaro VM Backup.

You can download a 30-day trial of Altaro VM Backup. After 30 days, you’ll get forever free backup for 2 VMs


PowerShell BackupScript Version 1.3 released

I have updated my PowerShell Backup Script and want to provide you the new Release

I have added some New Feature, Send Log File via Mail, Exclude Dirs, Zip the Content and fixes some Bugs.

Please comment and rate the Script on TechNet

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I am speaking at….

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I have two speaking slots coming in May 2018. One at CDC Germany and one at the Base IT Infrastructure Days.

Let’s start with the first one.

CDC Germany – third year in a row, I am selected by Carsten to speak at CDC Germany, But this will be the first time I am not talking about SCDPM, I wanted to try something new. So I asked Carsten if someone else will speak about SCDPM, and he found one, Charbel Nemnom.

So I am having the Chance to talk about a topic I worked mainly in the last 3 years with, and was having a lot of cool projects. The Title will be „The rising Phoenix – Service Management and Automation with System Center„. But enough said, come to Hanau on the 15th of Mai 2018 and listen my slot, and of course, there are a lot more create speakers there. The Slot will be in german.

Base IT Infrastructure Days – One day after CDC, on May 16th, 2018, I will attend the Base IT Infrastructure Days, so that’s the reason I have to leave early from CDC. I will talk more about Azure, so Azure Backup, OMS Log Analytics, Service Maps and so on. More Details will follow.

So hope to see you in Hanau or Ansfelden in May.

Michael Seidl aka Techguy




Geekschau Webcast about SCOOSP

gast_geekschau_michael_seidl-768x422Hi, i have been invited by Eric Berg and Alexander Benoit to participate at Geekschau and present SCOOSP. We have recorded the Webcast last week, the Video is now online.

Note: the Webcast has been recorded in German


Michael Seidl aka Techguy

Geeksprech Podcast Talk about SCSM and Automation

logo_michael_seidlHi, i have been invited by Eric Berg and Alexander Benoit to talk about Service Management and Automation. We have recorded the Podcast last week, now it is available on all the known Platforms.

Podcast is available here:

Note: thePodcast has been recorded in German

SCOOSP 3.0.811 released

mcstereo300_newSCOOSP is happy to release the Version 3.0.

There has been a lot of work, but we are really happy to announce our new Release.

SCOOSP is providing a Self Servie Portal to start SCO, SMA or Azure Automation Runbooks.

Also very important, tell us what you want to see next: SCOOSP Future Survey.

See this List of Changes


  • NEW FEATURE: Show AD Photos on Team Page
  • NEW FEATURE: Multilanguage for Announcements
  • NEW FEATURE: New Question Type INT
  • NEW FEATURE: Enhanced Logging
  • and a lot more

To try SCOOSP for free, go here:


TOP 10 Posts, 2017

This is my TOP 10 list of Blogposts in the last year.

The list is measured by the Views of Posts in 2017

Something has changed since the last TOP 10 Post.

This is the list, relaxe and read again.

  1. PowerShell Import-Module oder Add-PSSnapIn
  2. Powershell Get-Date
  3. Export PST bei Exchange 2010 SP1
  4. PowerShell BackupScript
  5. Modern Backup Storage with SCDPM 2016
  6. System Center Data Protection Manager
  7. Standarddrucker und Druckereinstellungen mittels PowerShell konfigurieren
  8. Ablaufdatum des Passwortes der AD User mit PowerShell auslesen
  9. System Center Data Protection Manager
  10. Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 released


Michael Seidl aka Techguy

VeeamON Tour – 3 Appointments in Austria – 2 Days left


My friends from Veeam are coming to Austria, October 10th, 11th and 12th in Vienna, Linz and Graz.


What you can expect:

  • Technical sneak peek into the brand NEW Veeam Availability Suite™ v10 and other exclusive product updates and announcements to be brought to you directly from the world’s largest Availability event – VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans
  • Fruitful face-to-face discussions with your peers, technical and business minds of the trends that are shaping the industry in 2017 and beyond
  • Other learning and networking opportunities for you to Experience Availability more than ever before!

See More here: