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

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 – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (5 of 5)

This is post #5 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (4 of 5)

This is post #4 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (3 of 5)

This is post #3 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… Read more

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (2 of 5)

This is post #2 out of 5 in the “Orchestrator – Back to Basics – Use Cases” series, full series posts are located here: #1 : Alert Remediation, where automation is used to monitor specific situations, and react automatically. This is also the introduction post to the series. #2 : Maintenance tasks, where recurring tasks… 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

free eBook: Microsoft System Center – Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

Hi, I’m Andreas Rynes, Lead Architect on the Datacenter Program Team, Microsoft Services HQ working on datacenter solutions focusing on automation and management. Today I’d like to introduce you to a free eBook that we recently released to the public and share with you a few thoughts about the concepts and patterns, as well as… Read more

Oracle Self Service Kit : See it in action in this video

As a follow up to this series of posts introducing the Oracle Self Service Kit, here is a video going over a quick overview of the kit, as well as a demonstration (deploying a new database on a new dedicated server). Oracle Self Service Kit Overview and Demonstration Thanks for watching!… Read more

Oracle Self-Service Kit : Provisioning Oracle Database components using the System Center stack

With the recent announcements from Oracle and Microsoft, many of you are getting in touch with us to understand how you can deploy and manage Oracle workloads on Hyper-V. This post is the opportunity to highlight one of the items we have on that front, called the “Oracle Self-Service Kit”. A picture being worth a… Read more