Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation & Azure Automation–Complex Asset Creation and Usage

Hello Readers! What if I told you that you could store and leverage Hashtables as Variable Assets in Service Management Automation (SMA) AND Azure Automation (AA)? Well you can! It takes a little more effort, but the ROI is well worth it…after all, who wants to store the same Hashtable of information over and over throughout… Read more

Updated SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) download, with new Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

The SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) has seen multiple component releases so far, and this time we are all bringing them together in a single download package! This short blog post summarizes the tools included in the package, what has changed since the last update, and links to other blog posts for more information on features… Read more

New SMART tool : Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool

There is a new kid on the “SMA Runbook Toolkit” block! The Visualization and Dependency Mapping Tool creates a visual representation of the dependencies of a group of SMA Runbooks : child Runbooks, assets like variables, credentials, certificates and connections. Visualization can happen in the following formats: Text output (in the PowerShell console) Visio output… Read more

Automation–System Center Automation Team Blogs–September 2014 Cross-Post Update!

Hello Readers! Over the last couple months there have been quite a few posts being published by the “System Center Automation Team”! In fact, they are now publishing posts to both their existing System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog, as well as the Azure Blog. Pretty exciting stuff! So, what did the System Center Automation Team… Read more

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–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog–July 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 now the Azure Blog! So, what did the System Center AUTOMATION Engineering Team publish since our last Cross-Post…? 1 Orchestrator, 3 Service Management Automation, and 4 Azure Automation Posts!… Read more

Building Clouds on TechNet Radio! DevOps, and Automation, and Configuration Management, Oh My!

Hello Readers, Listeners, and Viewers! Did You Know? Michael Green and Charles Joy of the Building Clouds Blog each had a part in the June 2014 TechNet Radio Series: Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends! So – If you did know, and have watched the series, Thank You! And if this… Read more

Automation–Channel 9 Interview–Windows Azure Pack Automation!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Guess what I have for you today? An actual VIDEO. And this time, it is not hosted on my YouTube Channel, nor is it 8 minutes, but I do think it will be something you are interested in… So, without further introduction, here I (@OrchestratorGuy) am, being interviewed by Symon Perriman… 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