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 ...

This year isn’t over yet…Next speakings… #E2EVC Barcelona and #TechSummit Berlin

      This year has been a busy one already, but more to come up. After speaking at various TechNet events in the beginning of the year, I spoke at E2EVC this spring together with fellow Thomas Maurer on “How to create a Microsoft Private Cloud” using the Cloud OS and the System Center ...

SMA Runbook to update SCVMM R2 UR3 DHCP Server Extension on all Hyper-V Hosts

Some weeks ago Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2. Part of this RU, SCVMM components also got updated. This time, unfortunately it was not sufficient to update the SCVMM Server / Console components and to execute the post-update SQL script. Microsoft has also updated the SCVMM DHCP Agent extension running on ...

Get a brief Storage Spaces Status Overview via Powershell

Get a brief Storage Spaces Status Overview via Powershell
One of the things I like with Powershell is the way you can handle object output and format conversations in a very easy and efficient way. In this example I’m going to show a Powershell script to generate a HTML report on the current Windows Storage Spaces Status. Although you can monitor the most relevant ...
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