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

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

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

Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE

While Service Management Automation (SMA) provides a cool web-based runbook authoring experience in the Windows Azure Pack, many folks are more comfortable using a good old-fashioned tool they’re already familiar with to write PowerShell – the Windows PowerShell ISE. While in theory it should be very easy to write SMA runbooks in the PowerShell ISE… Read more

SMA Capabilities in Depth: The SMA PowerShell Module

By now you’ve probably had a chance to experiment with all the great features of Service Management Automation through the Windows Azure Pack Admin Portal – authoring runbooks and creating assets, starting jobs manually and on schedules, importing integration modules and viewing job output. Now what if I told you, you could do all these… Read more

Service Management Automation: Integration with Orchestrator

Service Management Automation (SMA) is a capability in Windows Azure Pack and Orchestrator 2012 R2. Though SMA and Orchestrator are both built for IT process automation, orchestration, and integration, they are in many ways complimentary in their capabilities and use scenarios (see this post for a discussion of SMA versus Orchestrator). In general, SMA is… Read more