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–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

Windows Azure Pack Blog Post Overview on Building Clouds & TechNet

Windows Azure Pack blog posts on Building Clouds & TechNet You might be thinking, that was a lot of Windows Azure Packs blog posts going out on Building Clouds over the past two months, what’s going on? You are right, there has been a lot of blog posts about WAP or its related components. In… 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

Calling an Orchestrator Runbook from SMA – Part 2

Hello readers! This is Part 2 of the “Calling an Orchestrator Runbook from SMA” blog post. In the previous blog post I talked about how you can call – or actually invoke – an Orchestrator Runbook from within Service Management Automation (SMA). In this blog post (Part 2) we are going to look at how… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART Runbook Conversion Helper

 Note : This tool has been included and replaced by the SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper 2.0 tool, see the blog post here. The download link below points to SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper 2.0 If you have been reading about and testing the new features from System Center 2012 R2, you’ve probably heard about… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Team Cross-Post–Using the Service Management Automation feature of Orchestrator in System Center 2012 R2

Hello again readers! Today we have for you, a simple cross-post to increase the awareness of something we have been posting about for a little while now: SMA, that new feature of Orchestrator – This time though, from the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Team’s perspective. System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog First things first, if you… Read more

Automation–PowerShell Workflow Script Spotlight–Creation and Parameterization of Virtual Machine Manager Run As Accounts for “OnBehalfOf” Service Template Deployment

Hello Readers/Viewers! I know it is a bit back-to-back with these examples, but I wanted to continue to share my learnings with you, as I continue down the “Tenant Provisioning POC” path with my team. Today it is all about dynamically creating Virtual Machine Manager Run As accounts for use as parameters during Service Template… Read more