In case you missed it! The latest System Center release, version 1801, is here

In February we announced that System Center, version 1801 was now available.  It’s the first release in our new Semi-Annual Channel and delivers new features and enhancements based on customer feedback. It builds on the capabilities of System Center 2016 and has support for the latest version of Windows Server, version 1709 as well as… Read more

System Center 2016 now supports TLS1.2 security protocols

TLS 1.2 is the secure way of communication suggested by Microsoft with best-in class encryption. SSL and early TLS are not considered strong cryptography and cannot be used as a security control. Microsoft has added official support for TLS1.2 security protocols in System Center 2016. This protocol is now supported in the following products System… Read more

Call for Feedback on Windows Azure Pack (& IaaS)

Quick repost here of a link to a UserVoice feedback site that went out last week.  My colleagues on the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) team have initiated a call for feedback on WAP.  Interestingly, a large portion of the suggestions (and +1s) so far have been about IaaS, which of course bears directly on System… Read more

SMA Capabilities in Depth: Scalability and High Availability

Introduction As a savvy Service Management Automation (SMA) user, you’re probably familiar with the fact that much of what makes SMA great is the fact that it is essentially “PowerShell as a Service.” With SMA, you get access to all that PowerShell goodness, with the added benefits of a service architecture — high availability, reliability,… Read more

Configuring and Administrating Service Management Automation

In this post, I’ll discuss how to perform administrative tasks in Service Management Automation that will be useful to keep the service running well. I will cover how purging of data happens, the use of system runbooks, and configuration tasks that are available. Purging in SMA: Purging of data that is no longer needed is… Read more

Authoring Integration Modules for SMA

Introduction If you’re familiar with Service Management Automation (SMA), you’re probably aware that PowerShell is the fundamental technology that makes SMA so great. But PowerShell itself is great due to its extensibility through PowerShell modules. Since SMA is built on PowerShell, PowerShell modules are of course key to the SMA extensibility story as well. This… Read more

KB: After applying UR5 to Orchestrator 2012 SP1 some Runbooks fail

After installing Update Rollup 5 (UR5) to System Center 2012 Orchestrator Service Pack 1 (SP1) some Runbooks will fail and certain functionality will no longer work within the designer. Below are two examples: Within the Runbook Designer, the Invoke Web Services Web Method Selection dialog no longer works. When you click the ellipses button to… Read more

Managing 3rd Party Systems with Service Management Automation

Service Management Automation (SMA) allows you to manage both Microsoft products and external systems. Whether you write your own PowerShell modules or use existing 3rd party modules, you can easily incorporate them into your SMA runbooks. In some of our demos at TechEd and //Build (on Azure Automation), we have shown how to monitor your… Read more