Microsoft ADFS integration with Shibboleth

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Microsoft Management | 0 comments

Starting with the Windows Server 2003 R2 version, Microsoft introduced the Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), a software component which provides users with single sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries.
ADFS is part of the Active Directory Services.

The authenticated user is provided with a series of Claims related to his / her identity that are inserted into a Token, which is digitally signed (a SAML Token). This token is then recognized and used by the various applications that accept this authentication scheme which enables Single Sign On mode for an application.

The advantage is that the user authenticates once on the ADFS service and then does not need to provide his/her credentials again to the various application servers that may also be outside the network containing the Active Directory Domain.

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IT Orchestration in NetEye: Enable locked user account from Action Launchpad

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Configuration Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye | 0 comments

The IT Orchestration module ( also known as Action Launchpad ) comes with the purpose to simplify IT service operations. Operations can be configured within command calls that can be granted to users of your Service Operations Center. The module Action Launchpad allows to define command configurations to be called on request and job schedule on a remote server.

The advantage:

  • Define an operation to perform once and call it easily with a simple click
  • Avoid users to access remote systems for command call
  • Grant permissions to dedicated users for specific commands
  • Track the results
  • Automate the execution with a build in scheduler

How does it work ?

IT Orchestration Schema

IT Orchestration Schema

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Monitoring Agent deployment: NSClient++.MSI

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Configuration Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye | 0 comments

Nsclient++ is a very popular open-source agent for monitoring Microsoft environments ( ). As one of the first agents introduced with the Nagios success story, it has gained many improvements over the last years, becoming a reliable monitoring agent with extreme stability. This is also the reason, why this agent is still a principal strategy for the monitoring projects realized with NetEye. The open source agent provides access to system health information and performance values. In the same way, it is possible to extend its functionalities with additional instructions to support the remote execution of customized commands, such as the launch of Alyvix testcases. ( ).
In this post I would like to highlight the possibility of installing the agent via its native setup package. The advantage lays in the usage of Microsoft tools for preparing, deploying and upgrading the agent.

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Retrieving MS Office Keys

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Asset Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye | 0 comments

Sometimes you need the list of the MS Office keys of your company, in this cases it is quite useful that your inventory system is able to automatically retrieve them.

You may need to recover the MS Offices keys because you have eventually lost them… Or because you became system administrator of a new company and you don’t even know where the MS Office keys are located but you have to quickly reinstall a workstation with an existing office license… Moreover, Microsoft regularly wants to know the Microsoft license status of the companies, which are using Microsoft solutions. I’m sure that during the last years, Microsoft sent the license controlling (SAM) also to your company. So you know, that you have to list every Microsoft product that you are using, and if you have bought retail licenses for Microsoft Office, you even have to indicate the license keys for these retail licenses on the Microsoft licensing controlling document. If your are using OCS Inventory on NetEye with the automatic MS Office keys revelation, it will be easy for you to indicate these license keys.

How to retrieve MS office keys with OCS Inventory on NetEye?

First of all you need a script like a vbs or a powershell which is able to retrieve the keys. On our solution we are going to use the msofficekey.vbs script from the MSofficeKey Plugin. This script, which can be altered if necessary, is able to render the installed MS Office solution including its keys in an xml format.

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Windows Drive Size Monitoring unit changes in Performance Graph

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Microsoft Management, Nagios, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This tecnical documentation should highlight an issue you may find when monitoring a Drive on a Windows machine. The value of occupied space is reported as perfdata and interpreted by the perfgraph. The result is a graph showing the occupational situation of the partition.

The issue I am describing, may occur when the partition grows or shrinks and the monitoring agent NSClient++ ( ) used for NetEye changes the unit from i.e. GB to TB.

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Michael Medin’s trip to the Nagios Conference: „It was in fact much worse!!”

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Microsoft Management, NetEye | 0 comments

Michael Medin´s odyssey! One of speakers at our Conference on May 20th, told us his horror trip to get back home. Already the journey to Bolzano was sort of troublesome, to get back home was much worse.

Michael reached the airport and much to his surprise, he was taught a brand new word: “no-show”. The literal term is not so new, but the meaning is probably unknown to most of you: If you miss your outbound flight for any reason at all, and forget to confirm the return flight, the latter is automatically cancelled. Therefore he ended up in Munich (on a National Holiday weekend) without a ticket. The airline company offered him a far too high-priced return flight, so he was stuck in Germany.

He then reached the last minute stand and booked a home ticket at a reasonable price for the next day. All’s well that ends well or so they say. Not this time! He got to the airport the next day and surprise, surprise, his plane was overbooked. He, together with other twenty passengers, ended on the waiting list. The company was quick, he was “re-routed” via Prague and even got a considerable amount of money back (almost the entire fare).

In short it was his worst trip ever, but after all, he seemed to be in excellent form in his speech – but that was before getting back home 😉

Michael Medin from a friend of Nagios on Vimeo.

Michael, next time can only be better – and don´t forget to bring your MTB.

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