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

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

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

Are you coming to Ignite? Come join us for a discussion on your challenges with SCORCH

We would like to invite you to join us for a discussion on the future of System Center and how we can improve SCORCH. This is an opportunity for you to meet the System Center leadership team and influence the direction of the product. We will have dedicated tables to discuss various topics with members… Read more

Windows Azure Pack, Service Provider Foundation and IaaS API Support for VMM Service Templates

Introduction Special thanks to Srimathi Santhanam, Thomas Yip, and Filippo Seracini (a.k.a. The Doctor) for putting together and testing the examples in this post. Following the release of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack in fall of 2013, we have been getting an increasing number of inquiries from people wanting help on how… Read more