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 ...

How to change Subnet / VLanID on an existing Logical Network Definition in SCVMM 2

A lot of people are still using VLAN based isolation for their Software defined Network in System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Although you have 4096 VLanIDs to assign, sometimes things have to be changed. Did you ever try to change a Subnet or VLANId on a Logical Network Site that is in use? Unfortunately, it ...

Why Column Size does matter with Storage Spaces

I get this question a lot from customers when I’m on the road to implement and teach Windows Storage Spaces / JBOD solutions. “How many disks should we use to start, and what’s the perfect amount of columns we should configure?” Well although this is a simple question, there is no simple answer. I’m sorry ...

SMA Workflows and Remoting, how to deal with Variable Scoping

At the moment I’m working a lot with SMA (Service Management Automation) in Windows Azure Pack. You you’re unfamiliar with this topic, I’d recommend to read my white paper about SMA. So what’s the deal with Powershell Workflows in SMA and Remoting? Well first you have to be aware that inside Powershell Workflows, you can’t ...

Introducing HVRSMA Toolkit

Introducing HVRSMA Toolkit
Some days ago I published a whitepaper about Service Management Automation (SMA) using Windows Azure Pack. It covers a basic guide through setup and operating SMA inside your private/hybrid cloud environment. You can get the Whitepaper here on TechNet. Now, some days later I’m happy to publish more real life examples demonstrating the power and ...

Service Management Automation (SMA) Whitepaper 10

In a recent blog post I wrote about the importance of Windows Azure Pack and Service Management Automation and why I think, Windows Azure Pack isn’t just for Service Providers. I’m glad to release a whitepaper today, giving guidlines to deploy and manage SMA. So what can you ecpect from reading this whitepaper? Concepts and ...

BSOD on Hyper-V 2012 R2 Cluster Nodes after installing KB2887595

After recently patching all 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster Nodes in our own datacenter, I noticed randomly BSODs. After a short investigation I was able to narrow it down a little bit. As soon VMM started to rebalance the VMs, one after each node went into BSOD. It seemed that the first live migration task succeeded, ...
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