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

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

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

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