Updated tool : SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper for your Orchestrator Runbooks

Note: This tool is now included in a single package including all SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) tools. The download link has been updated below. Hello Readers, Some of you may be using the Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator today, to document your Orchestrator Runbooks. Some of you may also be using the SMART Runbook Conversion… 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

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog–May 2014 Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! It is that time again; time for me to cross-reference the great work being published over on the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog! And let’s be honest, this blog is so much more than Orchestrator now…it is really the System Center AUTOMATION Engineering Blog! To that end, this month I have four fantastic… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog Cross-Post: Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE!

Hello Readers! Once again, I have an awesome blog post that I wanted to bring to the top of your reading list… Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE by Joe Levy And right after you finish reading this great post (above), be sure to check out the latest (below) from the System Center Orchestrator… 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–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! I wanted to provide you with a quick update post today to let you know what our colleagues over on the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog have been up to… As you may recall, I cross-posted something from Eamon O’Reilly about a month ago: Using the Service Management Automation feature of Orchestrator in… Read more

Automation – Fun with Orchestrator and SMA integration points

By now, you may have read Tiander Turpijn’s blog series on how Service Management Automation (SMA) Runbooks can call Orchestrator Runbooks (and vice versa). If not, I highly encourage you to do so, as the scripts used in this blog post build on the concepts Tiander explained! In this blog post, I will show you… Read more