neilp - System Center Premier Field Engineer
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neilp - System Center Premier Field Engineer
SMA Runbook Sample: Monitoring SCOM and Reacting to SCOM Alerts
Introduction: One of the more popular use cases I’ve encountered with System Center Orchestrator is the scenario where in a Monitor Alert (SCOM) activity is used to trigger automation as the result of a detected alert. A simplified yet practical example as seen in System Center Orchestrator may...
4 Feb 2014
VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 4 – Service Template Configuration and Deployment
During this post, I will be wrapping up this in-depth look at VMM service deployments. Over the last three postings we have examined the following items: Post 1 – Introduction to service deployments Post 2 – Prerequisites for creating a multi-tier instance of Orchestrator Service...
28 Jan 2014
VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 3 – SQL Server and Application Profiles
Quick Blog Description : In the two previous postings of this blog series I’ve introduced VMM Service Templates as well as demonstrated a VMM Service deployment using System Center Orchestrator as the example service. Blog posting 2 detailed all prerequisites needed in order to deploy Orchestrator...
18 Jan 2014
VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 2 - Prerequisites
Quick Overview - Hello Again, during this post I will be detailing all prerequisites needed in order to configure and deploy a multi-tiered instance of System Center Orchestrator using the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Service Deployment capabilities. In Post one of this series I’ve...
16 Jan 2014
Ready Runbook Sample – Schedule Operating System Deployment with System Center 2012 and Exchange
Runbook Export and Step by Step Configuration Guide - TechNet Gellery Two years ago at MMS 2011 I gained my first exposure to System Center Orchestrator (Opalis). True story – I am sitting in a conference room at the Mandalay Bay casino and resort. Unbeknownst to me I am gaining my first...
30 May 2013
System Center Orchestrator Query: Mapping Invoke Runbook Activities to Destination Runbooks
If you have attended any Orchestrator training, best practices session, read any book, blog, or article about design practices, you have most probably been advised to keep your Runbooks small and modular. So for example, instead of having one large Runbook which includes an activity to place a computer...
19 Nov 2013
Invoking Orchestrator Runbooks during a Virtual Machine Manager Service Template Deployment
Not only does System Center Virtual Machine Manager have the ability to deploy complete multi-tier services with flexible capacity, SCVMM also provides flexibility in terms of automating the configuration of these service deployments. That said, there is some room to tack on additional deployment, configuration...
14 Nov 2013
MMS2013 Session Now on Channel 9 – Patching a Hyper-V Cluster with Orchestrator / Configuration Manager - Including Downloadable Runbook Exports!!!
Good day all – if you were able to attend MMS2013 hope you had a great time, if not, no worries you are in luck. All MMS2013 sessions should now be available on Channel 9. Check out my session ‘Complex Maintenance Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Orchestrator: Patching...
15 Apr 2013
Come Check Out My MMS 2013 Sessions
MMS 2013 is right around the corner. While at the conference, I will be delivering one session and appearing as a guest in a second one. In each session I will be demonstrating solutions based on the interaction between System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Orchestrator...
28 Mar 2013
Building Intelligent Delay Within Orchestrator Runbook Solutions: Activity Looping
Often times when automating a multi-step process, there is a need to build into this automation a certain amount of delay. For instance, if I have rebooted an application server, we not only need to wait for the OS to come back online, but also the application host services to come back online before...
18 Apr 2013
System Center Orchestrator Query: Execution Count Per Activity
Good Day - I am currently traveling from Texas to Florida with my family, a half froze turkey, and the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner that will not be beat. I’m coming to you now from rainy New Orleans were we have stopped for some Beignets, Chicory Coffee and a Central Market Muffaletta for...
26 Nov 2013
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