Tag Archives: System Center Service Management Automation

Azure Automation – Hybrid Worker Setup

It is May 4th which marks the start of Microsoft Ignite 2015 and of course new Azure features start to appear. So first Azure Automation is now available in the preview portal: This new experience also gives you the option to create graphical runbooks: Although this looks great I think I will still prefer writing […]

Azure Automation is Faster Than Me

The original title of this post was suppose to be “Strategy on Running Runbooks in Azure Automation” and wanted to write it for more than a month. Why the title changed during this period? Simple – there was some limitation on running runbooks in Azure Automation and that limitation was significantly  increased which pushed me […]

Automated Active Directory Test Domain Deployment in Microsoft Azure

Automated Test Lab Deployment with Microsoft Azure Automation

If you’re anything like me, you’d rather not spend 2 hours getting together a new lab every time you need a fresh AD domain to do some testing. Often, we end up trying to reuse an existing environment, hoping not to mess anything up. But with automation and cloud infrastructure comes a better way to […]

Fix Non-Compliant Virtual Network Adapters in VMM with SMA Runbook

Many do not know but besides keeping the compliance of vSwitches on Hyper-V hosts VMM also keeps compliance of the Virtual Network Adapters on VMs. You can easily find that information by opening the VMM console –> Fabric Pane –> Networking –> Logical Networks and in the ribbon menu instead of Fabric Resources choose Virtual […]

Error on Starting SMA Runbook from Third Party System

We’ve trying to use the SMA Web Service to start SMA runbooks from another system. There is good sample of code for this and we’ve managed to get it working. Unfortunately when we’ve started to start more runbooks some of them were failing with the following error: Exception The values provided for the root activity’s […]

Creating Azure-like Windows Server Images with System Center

Update —————————————————————————— A small update on this topic. If you do not want your customers to face error 0x800F0906 when they try to install .NET Fraemwork 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 I would suggest you to install and disable .net FRamework 3.5 feature with DISM prior syspreping your images. The following commands […]

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 […]

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 Get-VM{ $VmmConnection = Get-AutomationConnection -Name ‘VmmConnection’$VmmServerName = $VmmConnection.ComputerName  $SecurePassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -String $VmmConnection.Password -Force  $VmmCredential = New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList $VmmConnection.Username, $SecurePassword  $VMMobject=Get-SCVMMServer -ComputerName $VmmServerName -Credential $VmmCredential $VMS=Get-SCVirtualMachine -VMMServer $VmmServerName | select […]

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 […]