Getting Started with Storage Replica and Storage Spaces Direct in Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 5

With Windows Server 2016,  Microsoft is once again going to mix up the storage vendor market. Continuing the ASD (all Software defined) strategy, some new cool features arise with the new version. If you’re familiar with Storage Spaces / JBOD architectures already you might now, that there are some limitations today, which may prevent some customers ...

itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services GmbH become one !

  Today’s an exciting day for all of us, employees of itnetX as well as of Syliance IT Services. Two of the most important companies in the field of Microsoft Workplace, Cloud and Management Solutions, Syliance IT Services GmbH and itnetx gmbh, will merge as of 1st July 2015 to form the new company, itnetX AG. This ...

How to change SQL Server, Instance or Port for SMA Web Service and Runbook Service

This is a quick post on how to change SQL connection parameters for SMA Web Service and SMA Runbook Worker Service. If you ever have to migrate the database to another SQL backend, change the instance or just the port, here are the necessary steps. Preparation Stop all Runbook Worker Services and SMA Web App ...

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 ...
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