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 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
VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 1 - Demonstration
Quick Blog Description: In this series of postings I will be detailing how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to deploy complex applications / services. I will be demonstrating this capability by deploying a System Center Orchestrator instances consisting of multiple virtual machines hosting...
15 Jan 2014
System Center Orchestrator Query: Identify Long Running Runbook Executions
As I work in different Orchestrator environments I find it very helpful to monitor for jobs that have been in a running state for a long period of time (excluding any Runbook that begins with a monitor activity). This ultimately help identify Runbook logic issues, infinite loops, and other environmental...
10 Jan 2014
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
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
Integrating Cluster Aware Updating with Operations Manager Maintenance Mode – Pre and Post Update Scripts
I dig applying updates to clusters – that is so weird, but the truth. I have done some work in the past around cluster updating using System Center 2012 runbook automation ; this is some good stuff, very flexible and relevant. Over the last few weeks however, I have shifted my attention from the...
17 Jun 2013
System Center Orchestrator: Get Current Date / Time using the NOW() Variable and Automate Outlook Calendar Scheduling
Hi Ho – Neil Peterson here, the in-laws have invaded my house, so I am coming to you today from the corner booth at my local coffee shop. I have a quick little treat this morning, nothing to complicated, but pretty cool and important never the less. Quite recently I have begun work on some runbook...
6 May 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
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