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

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

Automation–Orchestrator Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority

Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we are going to take an in depth look at a specific example Runbook – Virtual Machine Startup by Priority Use Case: Ability to query Virtual Machine Manager for Virtual Machines (for more than 1 Virtual Machine) within a Cloud, then start up those Virtual Machines in a specified order (often used… Read more

Automation-System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series-Runbook Export and Scrubbing Process

Hello Readers!  For this next post in the Best Practice Series for Orchestrator, I thought it would be useful to discuss some tips on scrubbing and exporting Runbooks to make them ready for moving between environments or ready for sharing with the community. Why is this Post Useful? Runbooks need to be prepped before for… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator and the Exchange PowerShell Activity

A question came up on an internal distribution list recently about how to create an Exchange Distribution List leveraging Orchestrator.  Well, I did some investigation and in fact collaborated with Charles Joy on this because we were both curious. The setup and configuration is the trickiest part and you’ll have to do some configuration on… Read more

Application Management – Using Linux in Service Templates

For various reasons, Linux is commonplace in large environments. Deploying VMs running Linux with VMM is a useful feature but there can be some confusion around how to do it. In this post, I’ll be going through preparation of Linux images and deployment of Linux in service templates. Linux Preparation There’s a bit of necessary… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Architecture and Runbook Deployment Process

Hello Readers and Viewers! Today’s post will not have a video, but it will have some very popular and hopefully informative information about some “Best Practices” around Orchestrator Architecture and Runbook Deployment. For those of you that have been following me for the past three or so years, this information may look very familiar. Well,… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 4)

Hello Readers, welcome to the 4th and final post in this series on deploying the example VMM Service Template for SharePoint 2013 to your Microsoft private cloud.  To recap where we’ve been: Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 1) Introduction material on what we’ll be covering in this series at a high… Read more

Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 3)

Hey readers, I hope you had a great time at MMS 2013 (if you were able to make it!).  If you did make it, you may have seen this service template featured on the big stage during Brad Anderson’s keynote.  Pretty cool!  Before we continue on to Part 3, review Parts 1 and 2 for… Read more

Thank You MMS 2013! (from the Automation Track)

Hello Readers and Viewers (new and alumni)! I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU and WELCOME to all the MMS 2013 Attendees and New Blog Readers! It was a fantastic event with so much great information… What is in your top 5 list of favorites from MMS2013? And, whether you attended MMS 2013… Read more