Beekeeper Patch Automation: Powershell Validation Mneumonics and Recovery Actions

Written by John Hann on Friday, January 3rd 2020 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

Beekeeper, our proprietary patching automation tool, can be integrated with Powershell scripts for customized patching validation and recovery options. Read on to learn how to insert mneuomics into your script to accomplish this as well as how to recover from failed patching when detected.

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Managing VMs Before and After Patching with Beekeeper Patch Automation Software

Written by John Hann on Monday, September 30th 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

Whether you use Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere as your hypervisor, Beekeeper patching automation can help manage the VMs before and after patching. VM validations include:

You can add these validations to your patching process so you are automatically covered when it comes to compliance and VM configuration even after applying patches. Automating these processes is Beekeeper's specialty.

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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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Writing to the Windows Application Log During a Beekeeper Execution Job

Written by John Hann on Monday, March 4th 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

Using a PowerShell validation during any of the Beekeeper Execution Job phases, you can write information to the Windows Application Log. This helps enable discovery for SCOM. The Event Log Validation Pack is a collection of PowerShell validations that you can customize in your environment.

Learn how to implement this, including downloadable Validation Pack and code snippets, in this blog post. For more information about Beekeeper patching automation software, view the product page.

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Beekeeper Patch Automation 5.1.0 Release Notes

Written by John Hann on Tuesday, February 12th 2019 — Categories: Beekeeper Software, Documentation

We're releasing version 5.1.0 of our Beekeeper patching automation software this week. Let's take a look at the new features available to make your patch workflow even more efficient.

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Spectre and Meltdown: What We’ve Done to Secure the gBlock Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, January 12th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Microsoft, Security, Documentation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or aren’t in the IT field at all, by now you’ve likely heard about the widespread Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting an enormous swath of processors manufactured by Intel and AMD, the industry leaders, leading to security vulnerabilities and performance problems.

Green House Data staff have been hard at work patching systems as fixes have come available this week. Here’s a quick summary of the vulnerabilities, their effects on cloud and general computing performance, and what we’ve done to fix them so far. We also provide a few links for users who need to patch their own operating systems or investigate further.

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