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

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 PowerShell script runbooks. Note: In the examples shown in this post,… Read more

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

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 of runbooks), they come with certain differences to allow for the… Read more

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

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 this feature, users will now have the control to either trigger… 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

Engage with engineering team on Orchestrator / SMA

If you are currently using Orchestrator or SMA and would like to engage with the engineering team on challenges you currently have, we would appreciate if you could reach out to us through this contact survey. As we look at our work for System Center 2016, we would like to make sure that we address… Read more

Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

We are happy to announce that Update Rollup 7 (UR7) for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available for download. Please see the following Knowledge Base article for complete details about these fixes and installation instructions: 3069115 Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator Please note that Microsoft recommends that all of… Read more