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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System Center Orchestrator Query: Identify Long Running Runbook Executions

As I work in different Orchestrator environments I find it very helpful to monitor for jobs that have been in a running state for a long period of time (excluding any Runbook that begins with a monitor activity). This ultimately help identify Runbook logic issues, infinite loops, and other environmental issues. We can identify Runbooks that…

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Runbook Commander – An Orchestrator Console Extension for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Updated 10/26/2012 – Runbook Commander 2.0 has been released. Information can be found and the following links. Download Location – http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Runbook-Commander-20-116ec91c Runbook Commander 2.0 Overview – http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/10/19/runbook-commander-2-0-system-center-orchestrator-console-extension-for-configuration-manager.aspx Deployment and Administration Guide – http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/10/23/runbook-commander-2-0-deployment-and-administration-guide.aspx Note – Some of this content (screen shots, Video, etc.) is outdated, however conceptually the informaiton is still valid. Introduction and Disclaimer…

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Updating a SQL Cluster using System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Orchestrator

Current Runbooks and recorded MMS session can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2013/04/15/mms2013-session-now-on-channel-9-patching-a-hyper-v-cluster-with-orchestrator-configuration-manager-including-downloadable-runbook-exports.aspx Common Question – How can I use the Configuration Manager Software Update capabilities to elegantly update my active/passive SQL clusters? To raise the bar a bit, what if there is an additional requirement to at run time, dynamically determine the cluster state (who is…

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