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–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 2): Automated Deployment of Tenant Network and Identity Workload

Hello once again! So, here we are, Part 2 of The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack blog series (find Part 1: Intro & TOC here). Finally, some PowerShell/SMA Runbook examples! Automated Deployment of Tenant Network and Identity Workload What does that mean, exactly? Well for the context of this blog series,… Read more

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 1): Introduction and Table of Contents

Hello Readers and Viewers! Wow, it has been a while since I posted, in fact it was back in December with the completion of my Windows Azure & PowerShell Blog Series. The good news is – in that time, I have been hard at work, developing new and exciting PowerShell for some of the new… 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–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

Deployment–PDT 2.5.2509, resolves Configuration Manager media validation

Just posted a tiny update to the published version of PDT to resolve the media validation issue with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Prerequisites.  There are no other changes in this release – a much larger update with lots of interesting new functionality is coming soon!… 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 – 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