Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART Runbook Conversion Helper

 Note : This tool has been included and replaced by the SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper 2.0 tool, see the blog post here. The download link below points to SMART Documentation and Conversion Helper 2.0 If you have been reading about and testing the new features from System Center 2012 R2, you’ve probably heard about… Read more

Introducing Lync Service Templates

If you have been following the teams blog series on Service Templates you may have already come to the conclusion that the only one missing in the Microsoft productivity suite is Lync! Our goal as we began to build out this series of templates was to provide an automated way to stand up these core… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART for Runbook Import and Export

Hello Readers!  Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted, but it has been for a very good reason.  I have something exciting to share that I believe will be of great benefit to those of you embarking down the path of Service Management Automation (SMA) within the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and not… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Installation Instructions for the SMA Edition

This post covers installation information for the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK) v2.0, a.ka. SMA Edition. The main blog post about that release is here and this is where I would recommend starting reading, before getting into the details from this post, which cover: Updated Installation Instructions for this release Instructions to enable deployments of… Read more

SQL Server Self-Service Kit – Updated for System Center 2012 R2 and SMA!

It’s been about a month since the first release of the SQL Server Self-Service Kit (SQLSSK), which provides System Center artifacts to automate deployment and self-service of SQL Server components. As a sample solution, the SQLSSK supports deploying a database/instance on a new/shared standalone server, deploying a database/instance on a shared cluster, deploying a SQL… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates for Virtual Machine Manager

Welcome to the latest blog post about System Center service templates! When we asked our field what needed to be developed next, a very common ask was for a service template to deploy Exchange.  This blog post is intended to teach you how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager and a feature named Service… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Prerequisites

This blog post is part 2 of 3 in a series. This series of posts details how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1.  This page will focus on what you need to do in advance… Read more

Exchange Server 2013 CU2 Service Templates – Setup and Best Practices

This blog post is part 3 of 3 in a series. This series of posts that detail how to deploy Exchange 2013 CU2 using Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager.  If you are just landing on this subject I recommend starting with Part 1. This page will focus on what you need to do import… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution–Version 1.2!

Hello Readers/Viewers! Remember back in January of this year when I published the Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution post over here on the Building Clouds Blog? It was a re-introduction of the content I originally posted many moons ago on my old Blog D’Joy TechNet Blog (I will not expect you to remember that… 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