Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together!

Okay Readers – Here we go! Here is the first of six posts in the MVP Spotlight Series for the Automation Track… –MVP Spotlight Series– TFS and Service Management Automation – Better together! by Ryan Andorfer Overview Jim Britt of Microsoft gave us a really unique tool for SMA that is highly useful, the SMA… Read more

Updated tool : SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper for your Orchestrator Runbooks

Note: This tool is now included in a single package including all SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART) tools. The download link has been updated below. Hello Readers, Some of you may be using the Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator today, to document your Orchestrator Runbooks. Some of you may also be using the SMART Runbook Conversion… Read more

Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack

Hello Readers! I am very excited to announce the next Automation Blog Series… –MVP Spotlight Series– Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack Who? Ryan Andorfer, MVP In his own words (from his MVP page): “I am a Cloud and Datacenter MVP working for a fortune 500 company. I specialize in end to end… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog–May 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 let’s be honest, this blog is so much more than Orchestrator now…it is really the System Center AUTOMATION Engineering Blog! To that end, this month I have four fantastic… Read more

Deployment–Minor PDT update 2.64.2608 now available

I just posted an updated PDT 2.64.2608 to the TechNet Gallery here. This update resolves a few bugs, and adds: Installer.ps1 Supports extensions to Workflow.xml via Extender*.xml files New switch option –SkipValidation RoleCombinations New switch –MaxStage to control deployment in stages VMCreator.ps1 Supports extensions to Workflow.xml via Extender*.xml files Ability to create VMs to SMB… Read more

Automation–System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog Cross-Post: Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE!

Hello Readers! Once again, I have an awesome blog post that I wanted to bring to the top of your reading list… Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE by Joe Levy And right after you finish reading this great post (above), be sure to check out the latest (below) from the System Center Orchestrator… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 5): Working with the SQL Server resource provider, and the ITIL dilemma

Hello Readers! Yes, it’s only been a couple minutes since Charles published parts 1 to 4 for this series, and maybe you thought we would rest a bit and take a breath before publishing new content… Well, not really! Today, we also have part 5 of the series available for you to read, and it… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 4): Automated Deployment of Tenant Workloads (Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange)

Yay! Part 4 has finally arrived… And by Part 4, I am obviously talking about the next big post in “The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack” blog series. What is this one all about? Automated Deployment of Tenant Workloads (Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange) What does that mean? Well, let’s first take… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 3): Automated Deployment of the Identity Workload as a Tenant Admin

Aaaaaand we’re back! Okay, I realize the title of this post is very similar to Part 2 of this blog series – and there is very good reason for that. Though they look similar, they are different. Different personas; different scripts; different context. Once again, I will call on a little image assistance, to clear… Read more

Windows Azure Pack–Gallery Item VM Role–References for Creation, Configuration, and Automation

Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have seen a number of posts on this blog assisting you through portions of what I will refer to as the “VM Role Lifecycle”. In fact, we have… …a blog series about VM Role Creation; …posts about VM Role Import and Configuration; and as of last week, a… Read more