Checking the Progress of Beekeeper Execution Jobs

Written by John Hann on Monday, September 2nd 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

We have received requests to see more detail around what is happening while Beekeeper applies patches for devices.  We have built a PowerShell script to query Beekeeper and the patched devices to display what is going on within Beekeeper and show the progress on individual patches.

To execute the script, you can run it on the Beekeeper server. Learn how below.

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Beekeeper Patch Automation: Checking Exchange DAG Health Before a Patch Cycle

Written by John Hann on Monday, July 22nd 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

Before using Beekeeper for your patching cycle for Exchange DAGs, you should make sure the servers are healthy and ready to be patched.  We have developed a script to assist you.

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Linking Patch Validation Tasks in Beekeeper

Written by John Hann on Monday, June 3rd 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

We return to our ongoing series on Beekeeper patching automation software penned by Beekeeper Product Manager John Hann. This entry describes how to link validation tasks to your various Application Groups, Failover Clusters, and Exchange DAGs.

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Importing Schedules for Beekeeper Patching Automation Software

Written by John Hann on Thursday, April 4th 2019 — Categories: Patching, Datacenter Automation, Beekeeper Software, Documentation

This blog series shows you how to quickly import vital components for configuring and scheduling your patches using Beekeeper automation. Last week we looked at how to import data, this week we will demonstrate how to import a schedule for your patches.

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Importing Data Into Beekeeper Patch Automation Software

Written by John Hann on Tuesday, March 26th 2019 — Categories: Software, Patching, Datacenter Automation, Enterprise Applications, IT Operations, Beekeeper Software, Documentation

When you enter data into Beekeeper Patching Automation, you use the UI to add servers groups, Windows Failover Clusters, and Exchange DAGs.  Then, you assign validation tasks to these server groups or clusters.  To create the execution job, you assign the server groups or clusters to a schedule.  This can be time consuming.

I have created PowerShell scripts to do these tasks.  In a series of blog posts, I will share these PowerShell scripts and go over their usage.

The first PowerShell script will export servers from an SCCM collection into a CSV.  Then another script will import that CSV to create the appropriate Application groups, Windows Failover Clusters, or Exchange DAGs.

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