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

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

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

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

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below. 2931268 – Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2931268) J.C…. Read more

Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Orchestrator Service Pack 1 is now available

Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Orchestrator Service Pack 1 has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below. 2965419 – Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Orchestrator Service… Read more

Using the SharePoint Integration Pack with System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

As part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, a new integration pack (IP) for integrating and managing SharePoint 2013 was released. In this post I’ll walkthrough how to get started with this IP for managing both SharePoint 2013 on premise as well as SharePoint online. You can install the IP from the Microsoft download center…. 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

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