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

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

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

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