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

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

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

Calling an Orchestrator Runbook from SMA – Part 1

Hello readers! In this blog post I would like to show you how you can call an Orchestrator Runbook from within Service Management Automation (SMA). It demonstrates how you can use your current existing Orchestrator Runbooks and integrate those with SMA. In Part 2 I will be talking about more integration scenarios, for example how… 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

Automation–PowerShell Workflow Script Spotlight–Deploying Virtual Machine Manager Service Templates “OnBehalfOf” Tenant Administrator User Roles

Hello Readers/Viewers! It has been a little while since I posted raw PowerShell, so I figured it was time! What do I have for you this time? Use Case Components Let’s say you have the following things, and want them in a simple working scenario: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 Multi-Tenant Private Clouds ready for… Read more