Performing Maintenance on busy SMA Runbook Workers

Starting Point In one of my current projects we use SMA as the main automation engine for infrastructure general IT process automation. Sometimes the four runbook workers have more than 100 concurrent jobs running. While some of the jobs complete after 1-2 minutes, others run for hours up to 1 day, depending on the overall ...

Guidance for a SCVMM / Hyper-V deployment in a locked down, multi-forest environment

Guidance for a SCVMM / Hyper-V deployment in a locked down, multi-forest environment
This is a “lessons learned” post and a follow up to an earlier post on “SCVMM in multi-forest environments” to keep others away from “trial and error” when integrating SCVMM with Hyper-V in a secured environment. So what does “secured” and “locked down” mean in this context? Let me first describe the environment and use ...

When SCVMM baremetal host deployment fails at early stages

When SCVMM baremetal host deployment fails at early stages
After recently updating a customer’s HP Blade environment to the current firmware release, Hyper-V baremetal deployment stopped working. The environment is managed via HP OneView. HP OneView is a linux based, virtual appliance for central management of HP components, such as servers, blade chassis, interconnect flex modules, etc. An important thing to know is that ...

Set default values on Storage Pools to minimize layer 8 issues

Storage Spaces allows you to define default values on a Storage Pool, so every new created virtual disk (space) is using those values, even if the administrator does not provide them or doesn’t know how to provide them. A common issue arises when fabric administrators are using one of the GUI options to create spaces, ...

SMA and the issue with job concurrency

Job concurrency can be something you really want, or on the other hand something you really want to avoid. What if you want to enforce a particular runbook to have only a single job instance running at any given time? Unfortunately, SMA doesn’t have a built-in method to control runbook concurrency as Orchestrator 2012 / R2 ...

Troubleshooting SMA (Service Management Automation) – Part 3

Troubleshooting SMA (Service Management Automation) – Part 3
As SMA is almost anywhere around in my daily job, I’m also faced with usual and unusual troubles of course. Especially the authentication part can be a tricky one. Therefore I decided to dedicate the 3rd and last episode of the “Troubleshooting SMA” series to the “Authentication” topic. In this post I’m focusing on several ...

How to change SMA Service Accounts

A SMA (Service Management Automation) infrastructure has typically two different service accounts being used for running the basic environment. Runbook Service Account This account is used to execute the Runbook Worker Service, to compile and launch the workflows (runbooks) Web Service App Pool Account The account is used as the web application pool identity of ...

Troubleshooting SMA (Service Management Automation) – Part 2

This is the 2nd part of a 3 blog post series on troubleshooting SMA. See here for Part 1 In this post, I’ll focus on troubleshooting job states and worker issues. If you read Part 1, then you should be aware how SMA distributes the jobs to the available workers. While this mechanism ensures fair ...

Troubleshooting SMA (Service Management Automation) – Part 1

As I work more and more with SMA in my daily job, I’m of course also running into situations where things go wrong. I decided to share some troubleshooting tips and therefore, this is the first post in a series of 3, explaing how to troubleshoot SMA infrastructure, failing jobs, stuck / stalled jobs, etc. ...

Creating clustered storage spaces a lot faster

The process for creating a new clustered space includes a fair amount of single steps to be processed in the right order, no matter if you use the Server Manager GUI or PowerShell. creating the virtual disk partitioning and formatting the virtual disk adding the virtual disk to the cluster converting it into CSVFS The ...
Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: