Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Integration Story: How to take the Imports (SharePoint and SMA) & Import them into your Environment

Okay Readers – we have the next post ready to go! Here is the fifth of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– Integration Story: How to take the Imports (SharePoint and SMA) & Import them into your Environment by Ryan Andorfer DFS Share Creation: Integrating at Home… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SMA: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough In Depth

Okay Readers – we have the next post ready to go! Here is the fourth of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SMA: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough In Depth by Ryan Andorfer Assumptions You have followed the first blog post in this series You have a… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 2)

Okay Readers – we are back! Here is the third of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 2) by Mike Roberts (a Ryan Andorfer Co-Worker) Building Self Service Requests Using SharePoint In this post we are going to tackle the… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 1)

Okay Readers – we are back! Here is the second of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– SharePoint: DFS Share Creation Request Walkthrough (Part 1) by Mike Roberts (a Ryan Andorfer Co-Worker) Building Self Service Requests Using SharePoint This blog post doesn't focus explicitly on automation but… Read more

PowerShell DSC Blog Series – Part 3, Testing DSC Resources

For part 3 in this series I would like to illustrate some ideas on testing PowerShell Desired State Configuration resources during the authoring process.  I will once again call out that I’m not attempting to define ‘best practices’, this is just what has worked well for me and something I can share with the community…. Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together!

Okay Readers – Here we go! Here is the first of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together! by Ryan Andorfer Overview Jim Britt of Microsoft gave us a really unique tool for SMA that is highly useful, the SMA… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack

Hello Readers! I am very excited to announce the next Automation Blog Series… –MVP Spotlight Series– Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack Who? Ryan Andorfer, MVP In his own words (from his MVP page): “I am a Cloud and Datacenter MVP working for a fortune 500 company. I specialize in end to end… Read more

PowerShell DSC Blog Series–Part 2, Authoring DSC Resources when Cmdlets already exist

Welcome to Part 2 in my PowerShell Desired State Configuration blog series.  In Part 1 last week, I pulled together a number of online resources that helped me when getting up to speed on DSC.  This week, I’d like to share a process for authoring resources that has saved me a lot of time. Go… Read more

Desired State Configuration Blog Series – Part 1, Information about DSC

Over the next couple of months I plan to author a regular contribution to Building Clouds Blog focused on PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).  This is an important tool for the Microsoft platform and I believe a crucial concept for anyone working in a DevOps culture.  I have a long list of topics to cover-off… Read more

Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Reduce Buried Logic

Hey Readers, welcome back to another post in the series on Orchestrator Best Practices.  In my previous post Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Naming Conventions, I talked about Runbook and folder naming best practices as well as lightly touching on a concept called “DRY” or Don’t Repeat Yourself.  This post was an important… Read more