Windows Azure Pack: Renaming VM Computer Names with a Service Management Automation Runbook

 Update Sunday August 16th 2015 – URL in script has changed. I have updated the script here leaving the legacy URL in place but commented out. Windows Azure Pack and Service Management Automation are on fire. Having spent a little bit of time working with WAP, one of the first items that I found needing…

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Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application

Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application Quite some time back I built and made available Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application. RBC is essentially a dynamic console extension for System Center Configuration Manager which can execute a System Center Orchestrator Runbook, passing to this Runbook information about the selected Configuration Manager object. I’ve not…

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Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine

Quite some time ago I demonstrated a solution for automating the notification and approval process for System Center Configuration Manager Application requests. I’ve received numerous requests since that time to make the program demonstrated in the demo available for public consumption. Today I will be making the application, the source code, and documentation available for…

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Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Demonstration Videos

Short Introduction Videos: I will be adding videos to this section as they are created. Simple Functionality – demonstration of CMAAE in action. [View:https://youtu.be/OX0ZG_–3rw:0:0] Configuration: – Simple configuration. [View:https://youtu.be/1Smc-OMtflQ:0:0] Delegation (This is Important) – demonstration of delegation configuration. [View:https://youtu.be/4ECqYXxhpPQ:0:0] Detection and Notification Runbook – Configuration of the included detection and notification sample Runbook. [View:https://youtu.be/0jQByEToOgM:0:0]

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Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine – Detailed Documentation

 Index: Introduction:Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine Overview:CMAAE Portal Installation and Core Configuration:Delegation:Detection and Notification Overview:Sample Detection and Notification Runbook:Sample Detection and Notification PowerShell Script:Post Approval Automaton Overview:Sample Post Approval Automation Runbook:Sample Post Approval Automation PowerShell Script: Disclaimer: The Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine is designed as a sample solution and is not intended for ‘out…

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SMA Runbook Sample: Monitoring SCOM and Reacting to SCOM Alerts

Update: Ryan Andorfer has posted some good information over at the Building Clouds blog on his experience with continuous running SMA monitors, some issues encountered, and how he has mitigated these issues. Check it out here – Automation – MVP Spotloght Series – SMA: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough In Depth . Introduction: One of the…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 4 – Service Template Configuration and Deployment

During this post, I will be wrapping up this in-depth look at VMM service deployments. Over the last three postings we have examined the following items: Post 1 – Introduction to service deployments Post 2 – Prerequisites for creating a multi-tier instance of Orchestrator Service Post 3 – Creation of SQL and Application Profiles for…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 3 – SQL Server and Application Profiles

Quick Blog Description: In the two previous postings of this blog series I’ve introduced VMM Service Templates as well as demonstrated a VMM Service deployment using System Center Orchestrator as the example service. Blog posting 2 detailed all prerequisites needed in order to deploy Orchestrator as a service. In this posting, the third in the series I…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 2 – Prerequisites

Quick Overview – Hello Again, during this post I will be detailing all prerequisites needed in order to configure and deploy a multi-tiered instance of System Center Orchestrator using the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Service Deployment capabilities. In Post one of this series I’ve introduced the concept of Virtual Machine Manager Service Templates or…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 1 – Demonstration

Quick Blog Description: In this series of postings I will be detailing how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to deploy complex applications / services. I will be demonstrating this capability by deploying a System Center Orchestrator instances consisting of multiple virtual machines hosting the Orchestrator components. While my example focuses on Orchestrator, the…

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