New capabilities in System Center 2016 Service Management Automation

As you try out the new features in System Center 2016 that were made generally available earlier last month, here is a summary of things you can do with System Center 2016 Service Management Automation: Create a Script type runbook and see how it compares with a Workflow type runbook Control where your runbook is… Read more

Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2016 Orchestrator is now available

The Microsoft System Center 2016 Orchestrator General Availability Update Rollup is now available. This update rollup package provides a collection of minor improvements to Orchestrator and we recommend that you apply this update rollup as part of your regular maintenance routines. For details regarding how to obtain and install Orchestrator 2016 UR1, please see the… Read more

How to Setup and Configure Microsoft Azure Automation Runbooks

~ Rupanter Chhabra | Microsoft Support Engineer UPDATED 06/13/2016: Azure Automation has a new way to connect with Azure ARM resources and soon will also support a new way to connect with Azure Classic resources.  See this article for more information: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-sec-configure-azure-runas-account/ ===== Hi everyone, we get a lot of questions regarding Azure Automation so… Read more

Update Rollup 10 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation is now available

Update Rollup 10 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation (SPF) is now available to download. Issues that are fixed in this update rollup A Windows Azure Pack automated task may request usage data while the System Center Operations Manager data warehouse database is aggregating the data for the same hourly range…. Read more

PowerShell Script Runbook Support in System Center Service Management Automation 2016 (SMA) – Part 2

Update 10/12/2016: This feature is available generally in System Center 2016 In part 1 of this series, we announced the support for PowerShell script runbooks in System Center Service Management Automation (SMA) 2016 and looked at creating and running PowerShell script runbooks. In this part, we will look at using SMA assets and creating nested… Read more

PowerShell Script Runbook Support in System Center Service Management Automation 2016 (SMA) – Part 1

Update 10/12/2016: This feature is available generally in System Center 2016 Until now, System Center Service Management Automation (SMA) helped you automate your management tasks through runbooks based on PowerShell Workflows. While PowerShell Workflows add a lot of capabilities for PowerShell users (like ability to checkpoint, suspend and resume runbooks and easily parallelizing the execution… Read more

Designating a Runbook to a Runbook Worker in System Center Service Management Automation 2016 Technical Preview 5

Update 10/12/2016: This feature is available generally in System Center 2016 Today in System Center Service Management automation (SMA) deployment, when a Runbook is triggered, user has no control on which Runbook Worker would this job run.  To address this issue SMA 2016 introduces the concept of designating a Runbook to a Runbook Worker.  With… Read more

Introducing Service Management Automation ISE add-on

A few months ago, Azure Automation team released a new runbook authoring experience through Azure Automation ISE Add-on. Announcing the add-on, Joe outlined the customer behaviors that inspired them to build the add-on. This new tool is build based on the following observation: 1. Most of our customers use the PowerShell ISE when writing PowerShell…. Read more

Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation is now available

Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation (SPF 2012 R2 UR9) is now available to download. For complete details including issues fixed, installation instructions and a download link, please see the following: 3133705 – Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3133705) J.C…. Read more

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator has been released and is now available to download. The KB article below describes the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 8 (UR8) for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, Service Manager Automation (SMA) and Service Provider Foundation (SPF). For complete details as well as… Read more