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

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–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 4): Public Cloud Environment Deprovisioning PowerShell Examples

Hello once again! Here we are at the end of this blog series: Part 4 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series – Public Cloud Environment Deprovisioning PowerShell Examples. I do think you will be surprised to see how easy it is to remove everything you added. Before we move on… Read more

Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 3): Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell Workflow Examples

Hi. 🙂 At this point, you know the drill…This is Part 3 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series – which is kind of the same thing as Part 2, but this time the deliverable is a set of PowerShell Workflow Examples. For reference, here is Part 1 (Intro &… Read more

Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 2): Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell Examples

Hello Again! Time for Part 2 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series (find Part 1: Intro & TOC here).  And yes, this post actually has PowerShell Examples! But first, the list of what examples will be provided… Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell Examples As covered in the intro post… Read more

Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 1): Introduction and Table of Contents

Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have likely seen Brad Anderson’s Blog Post (VMware Migration… Like You’ve Never Seen) and its associated video, starring Building Cloud Blog’s very own Migration Mark! And sure, I have a cameo, but let’s be honest, that movie is all about The Migrator and the amazing MAT (powered by… 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