Managing Windows Azure with SMA

Hello readers, Jim Britt and Victor Arzate here. This time we will show you how you can manage Windows Azure services via Service Management Automation (a.k.a. SMA). Up until now we have shown you many samples on how to leverage SMA for automating processes for on-premises deployments (take a look at the August 2013 was… Read more

Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) for Runbook Import / Export–Updated!

Hey readers, well I have just updated the SMART for Runbook Import and Export and this post is all about discussing some of those updates. What is SMART for Runbook Import and Export You Ask? First things first – if you don’t know what SMART is – go here Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART… Read more

Automation-Exporting SMA Runbooks to TFS on a Schedule in Windows Azure Pack with SMART

Hello readers / viewers.  I have a topic that I think will be valuable for folks looking to ensure they are backing up their SMA Runbook investments to the fullest extent within WAP (Windows Azure Pack) and storing those in TFS (Team Foundation Server) for any changes (for rollback / DR / etc.).  If you… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Service Configuration Dependencies for SQL and the Runbook Server Service

Hey Readers!  I have somewhat of an academic post for you all today to help document a topic that has come up from time to time around System Center 2012 Orchestrator and service dependencies.  Explained in detail below but the gist to this scenario is basically that servers are rebooting faster due to improvements in… Read more

Automation–Monitoring and Notifying in Windows Azure Pack with SMA

Hey Readers! This post will introduce you to a couple of useful SMA Runbooks to add to your “SMA Utility Belt”. First things first – go here to read about SMA if you are unfamiliar with the solution: https://aka.ms/IntroToSMA. Use Case This post discusses how to leverage three Runbooks to improve the Tenant experience as… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART for Runbook Import and Export

Hello Readers!  Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted, but it has been for a very good reason.  I have something exciting to share that I believe will be of great benefit to those of you embarking down the path of Service Management Automation (SMA) within the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and not… Read more

August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts, it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did… The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic! If you haven’t, well, we have a bunch of links… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Tip/Trick–Leveraging InlineScript and $Using:Variable with PowerShell Workflow

A question came up on a recent SMA blog post Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Exchange Distribution List Creation and the answer deserves its own blog post. Understanding the underlying moving parts of why we do what we do in SMA is just as important as the development of knowledge we provide through examples.  Some concepts… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Exchange Distribution List Creation

Hello Readers!  I’m excited to provide you all with some cool new stuff that was introduced recently with System Center 2012 R2.  If you haven’t reviewed our Introduction post on SMA, go check it out here: Automation–An Introduction to Service Management Automation to get the “nickel tour” of all the rundown of Service Management Automation… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–Getting Started with SMA Runbooks

This blog post is going to cover the specifics around getting setup to use Service Management Automation (SMA) as well as how to import our future examples and fire them off in order to review the solutions in action!  This post should be considered another “staple” in your list of posts to consume as you… Read more