Service Mgmt Automation (SMA) Posts

SMA Runbook: Update A SharePoint 2013 List Item

Background I haven’t been too active lately. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning the new member in System Center family: Service Management Automation. Yesterday, I needed a SMA runbook to update SharePoint 2013 list items, I found a sample from a blog post by Christian Booth, which contains a SMA runbook written by Ryan Andorfer, a System Center […]

Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 3 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

SCSMWhile I was on vacation UR3 for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack was released. In this release the following components were up for update: SCDPM SCOM SCSMA SCSM SCVMM WAP As always there are some important fixes and feature in this updated so I recommend to apply it. Of course first in […]

Announcing the “100 Days of DevOps with PowerShell” Series

DevOps is a word being thrown around a lot these days. Many job descriptions are now include it, tools are being written around it and perhaps most importantly, IT Pros are being told they need to prepare for it, or risk being left behind. To take a step back in case you are not familiar, […]

Using VMM Cmdlets locally on SMA Worker Server in SMA Runbooks

If you are working with SMA and VMM you are probably familiar with the following sample Runbook for connecting to VMM: workflow Sample-Managing-VirtualMachineManager  {      # Connection to access VMM server.      $VmmConnection = Get-AutomationConnection -Name ‘VmmConnection’      $VmmServerName = $VmmConnection.ComputerName        # Create a PSCredential from the ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ fields within       # ‘VmmConnection’ because this is the […]

MVA Jump Start: Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service

A new Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start it is on its way. This time on focus will be Windows Azure Pack. I would like to recommend to attend this Jump Start or at least watch it later when it is available later. Details: Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start Course Outline: Day […]

You can help shape the future of Windows Azure Pack

Windows Azure Pack delivers Microsoft Azure technologies for you to run inside your datacenter. It offers rich, self-service, multi-tenant services and experiences that are consistent with Microsoft’s public cloud offering. You can help shape the future of Windows Azure Pack. The Windows Azure Pack team has created a user voice site where you can post […]

Creating a first simple runbook in SMA to connect to Operations Manager

If you want to learn technologies which are strategic to the Microsoft direction I recommend three: PowerShell, SMA and WAP. To quote Pete Zerger from a couple of years back during SCU “Learn PowerShell“. Pete’s statement was simple, straight to the point and absolutely correct. WAP is the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server which […]