Updated: Service Management Automation White Paper

In February 2014 I released a Service Management Automation white paper on TechNet. It became quite popular, so I decided to make this an ongoing project. I decided to release an update to the document at least 3 times a year. So my next editor round came along a request from Aleksandar Nikolic, the co-founder ...

My first post as a Microsoft MVP

Yesterday was an exciting day as I received the confirmation email from Microsoft for my first MVP Award. I’m proud now being part of this worldwide experts community. I was awarded with MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, which is a group of ~80 experts around the world. This not only shows that Microsoft is ...

SCVMM / Converged Network Setup and duplicate MAC Addresses explained

SCVMM / Converged Network Setup and duplicate MAC Addresses explained
In this post I’m not going through the topic why you should use a software defined network architecture (SDN), there are plenty of posts out there explaining why THIS is the way to go. Instead I’ll explain how the teaming works in Server 2012 R2 and how it can hurt you while pushing a logical ...

A first look on SMA Studio

A first look on SMA Studio
Although Service Management Automation is IMHO the future of automation and orchestration, it has some downsides compared to the graphical editor capabilities of System Center Orchestrator. I assume that the next version of SMA, will address at least some of the missing features. In the meantime the community starts developing own solutions to make SMA ...

SCVMM Setup fails at post processing step: “server name could not be resolved”

SCVMM Setup fails at post processing step:
Some times things go wrong and sh** hits the fan. But in my case I was pretty sure I’m doing everything correctly when installing a HA SCVMM Cluster. So almost at the end of the SCVMM Server setup process, the setup engine throw an exception and performed a full rollback. 12:36:12:VMMPostinstallProcessor threw an exception: Threw ...

DRMIRU @ ITNETX / Upcoming Speeches

DRMIRU @ ITNETX 2014 is going to be a very special year for me. By the 1st of may I’ll join itnetx GmbH‘s Cloud and Datacenter Management Team, as a Cloud Architect for Microsoft based Cloud and Datacenter Mananagement Solutions. I’m really excited to join the most powerful and knowleged company in Switzerland’s CDM field. ...

Linking SMA Runbooks to Azure Pack VM Cloud Events and get Job Parameters 8

One of the awesome capabilities in Service Management Automation I like very much, is the ability to link SMA Runbooks with VM Cloud action events. Action events are triggered when SPF executes actions against Windows Azure or System Center Virtual Machine Manager. There are a lot of actions you can choose to trigger and fire ...

Visualize Runbook Nesting in Service Management Automation 9

Currently I’m working alot on SMA (Service Management Automation) and the transitions from SC Orchestrator. One big advantage SC Orchestrator still has, is the visualization, especially when following the best practice. Runbooks should not contain too many activities and should be generalized wherever possible. This keeps the Runbooks clean and reusable. So how can you ...

Troubleshooting Windows Azure Pack Console Connect 8

Troubleshooting Windows Azure Pack Console Connect
What is WAP Console Connect? WAP Remote Console Connect allows tenants to connect to their virtuals machine through a SSL-tunnelled RDP connection regardless of the virtual machine having an IP address or Remote Desktop connectivity enabled. The good thing here, it also works for Linux based VMs in the same way. The “bad” thing, the connection, ...

Using DSC to keep SMA Runbook Workers up-to-date

Using DSC to keep SMA Runbook Workers up-to-date
In this post I’m going to show how Powershell Desired State Configuration and Service Management Automation can be combined to ensure, all SMA Runbook Workers have the same configuration and set of additional Modules and SW packages installed. I’m going through, step-by-step, so it’s easier to follow the intention of this joint venture between SMA ...
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