North American Automation Hackathon Winners Announced

<p><i></i>After months of promotion, questions from partners, and submissions of automation policies from all over North America, we have finally concluded the first North American Automation Hackathon. It took our panel of judges nearly a week to review all the new automation policies, which were reviewed and judged based on three criteria to identify the winners:</p> Read … [Read more...]

Automation of the Week: Upgrading PowerShell and Automation in 2019

<p>Over the past five years we‘ve seen a steady increase in the use of automation by MSPs. They’ve been working on automating their monitoring, patching, self-healing of issues, maintenance, and more. When I started focusing on automation a few years ago, I used to see that only a small subset of MSPs was actively investing in it. In the past year, I’ve found that MSPs now typically fall … [Read more...]

Automation Topic of The Week: Tackling a Growing Problem with Office 365

<p>As I write this, I have just finished the second round of Automation Bootcamps. This was an intense week, with courses spread over three time zones, for two different platforms, with each course happening over two days. We had a great turnout as usual—over 600 attendees between the morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.&nbsp;</p> Read More … [Read more...]

Automation Topic of The Week: Where to Go for Help!

<p>Having just wrapped up Empower MSP in Atlanta on September 6, I thought I’d start this article by talking about some of the great discussions and experiences I got out of the week.&nbsp;</p> Read More … [Read more...]

Automation Topic of the Week: Cookbook Launches and How to Make the Most of Chocolatey

<p>The big news this week is that our Automation Cookbook is now launched and being populated with more automation policies, scripts, and custom monitoring every month. Go to <a href="http://www.solarwindsmsp.com/cookbook&quot; target="_blank">www.solarwindsmsp.com/cookbook</a&gt; and search for automation.&nbsp;</p> Read More … [Read more...]

Automation Topic of the Week: Where to Start with Automation?

<p>Before we start looking at this topic, it’s perhaps appropriate to talk about what we consider automation. Automation is obviously writing scripts and automation policies, but it is also building monitoring that will automate checklists, configuring automation around patching management and approvals, and many others things. I like to start any conversation around automation with this as … [Read more...]