Help Wanted: Please Give Feedback on System Center Orchestrator & Azure Automation Futures

I’m back with another call for feedback, this time on the topic of automation.  As you are probably aware, the engineering team you originally knew as System Center Orchestrator (SCO) is also responsible for Service Management Automation (SMA) in Windows Azure Pack (WAP) as well as Azure Automation in Microsoft Azure.  Despite how it looks, we… Read more

Cloud Platform System, Patching & Upgrade Automation, Call for Ops Stakeholders

Now that the news is out about Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System, we are starting to more actively engage a broader set of stakeholders for feedback. One aspect of CPS which is a key pillar of the overall value proposition is the feature set we refer to as “Patch & Upgrade.”  The goal of Patch &… Read more

System Center 2012 R2 UR4 Exposes Minor Confusion About Relationship Between Orchestrator, SPF, and SR

First, the good part: we release UR4 today:  Yay! [NOTE: the typos that led to this post have been corrected, but because I get asked about it pretty frequently I’ll leave this up as an explanation about the relationship between System Center Orchestrator, SPF, and SR.] Now for the confusion part.  If you go to… Read more

Now available: Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

The article below describes the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator. Additionally, this article contains the installation instructions for Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator. For all the details as well as a download link, please see the following: KB2992021 – Update Rollup… Read more

Creating Monitoring Processes in Service Management Automation

As an Orchestrator user excited to start using Service Management Automation, you’re probably used to monitoring activities from Orchestrator, and are wondering how you can do similar monitoring in SMA. Today I’ll talk about a new runbook you can use as a platform for building monitoring processes – the Start-Monitor runbook.   The Start-Monitor runbook… Read more

The new SMA Runbook Toolkit – with new Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

Just wanted to make sure everyone’s aware of the new great tool the folks over at the Microsoft Building Clouds blog have released. This week, another tool was added to the amazing SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART). This tool lets you browse SMA Runbooks and visualize their dependencies in the PowerShell console, Visio, Word and/or Visual… Read more

How Service Manager can throw an XML spanner in the Orchestrator works

~ Brian McDermott One of the beautiful things about getting the whole System Center 2012 suite rather than an individual product is how you can integrate them together to make them much more than the sum of their parts. So you may have gone and set up Service Manager to integrate it with Orchestrator, and… Read more

Automating WAP Service Management with Service Management Automation

  If you are an admin managing Windows Azure Pack (WAP), you may have wondered how you can trigger additional actions automatically whenever you or a tenant performs an action from within the portal or using the API. Although this functionality is made accessible through the VM Clouds service, it allows you to automate against… Read more

KB: An Orchestrator RunBook is not created when users submit a Service Manager service request form

When users submit a Microsoft System Center Service Manager service request form that calls a Microsoft System Center Orchestrator RunBook, a RunBook seems to run, however a RunBook is not created or processed. Additionally, you may see the following error in the Orchestrator RunBook Service trace log: <MsgCode>_com_error</MsgCode><Params><Param>IDispatch error #3092</Param><Param>The XML parse error 0xc00ce513 occurred… Read more

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below. 2931268 – Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator ( J.C…. Read more