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

Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

We are happy to announce that Update Rollup 7 (UR7) for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available for download. Please see the following Knowledge Base article for complete details about these fixes and installation instructions: 3069115 Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator Please note that Microsoft recommends that all of… 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

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation is now available

We are happy to announce that Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation is now available. The KB article below describes all of the issues that are fixed in UR6 and contains complete installation instructions as well. Update packages for Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation are available from Windows… Read more

Have a say on the future of System Center

The System Center leadership team is looking to hear from you on the challenges you face with your Management tools and where you would like to see us invest going forward. We put together a short survey to gather your feedback and an option to join a discussion panel around this topic. We are counting… Read more

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: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2992012.  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