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

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

Oracle-Self Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 2)

This is the second of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

Oracle Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 1)

This is the first of two posts getting into more details about the “Oracle Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 2 sample uses, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 2)

This is the second of two posts getting into more details about the “SQL Server Self-Service Kit”. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What you get, and how each deployment type is handled Supported versions Looking ahead Gimme the details (part 1) Sample execution #1 : Requesting… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Gimme the details (part 1)

This is the first of two posts getting into more details about the “SQL Server Self-Service Kit”. It goes through 3 sample uses of the SQL Server Self-Service Kit, to highlight how the solution works and what the outputs are. Table of content of the full series Introduction post Overview and scenarios Download link What… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit : Provisioning SQL Server as a Service with the System Center stack

“Can I use System Center to provision SQL Server components?”… “Can I provide database as a service to my business users or application owners?”… The ability to automate SQL Server provisioning is probably one of the top customer requests I’ve heard about over the last 12 months! The goal of this post is not only… Read more

How to create a Service Manager Dashboard with SharePoint PerformancePoint – Part 3

In the two previous blog posts, we showed how Service Manager and PerformancePoint should be configured as well as discuss the background behind Reporting and how Service Manager can makes use of this. To recap this is a tutorial of three blog posts: Blog Post 1: Discuss the background behind Reporting and how Service Manager… Read more

How to create a Service Manager Dashboard with SharePoint PerformancePoint – Part 1

In System Center Service Manager 2012 a new data warehouse is introduced, which brings new capabilities to reporting in the Datacenter. In a series of blog posts, I will explain how this can be implemented using Service Manager 2012 and SharePoint PerformancePoint. As with previous posts, I will divide the “subject” into three parts Blog… Read more