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

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

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

SMA Capabilities in Depth: Assets

Posted on behalf of Ravi Kiran Chintalapudi, Senior Program Manager, Automation & Integration In this blog, I will discuss why Automation Assets are available in Service Management Automation (SMA) and how they add value to Windows PowerShell. . For details on how to create and use assets in SMA, please see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn457809.aspx This blog will… Read more