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neilp - System Center Premier Field Engineer
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
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
Windows Azure Pack: Renaming VM Computer Names with a Service Management Automation Runbook
Windows Azure Pack and Service Management Automation are on fire. Having spent a little bit of time working with WAP, one of the first items that I found needing my own personal adjustment was to the Computer Names given to my VM’s after a Stand Alone Virtual Machine deployment. More to the point...
19 Dec 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
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
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: 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
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
Running 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 PowerShell cmdlets from an Orchestrator Run .NET Script activity.
Good day all – Quick blog here. With the recent release of 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and the new Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlets, the stage has been set for over the top Configuration Manager automation. This week I jumped on my first project involving the Configuration Manager PowerShell...
7 Jan 2013
Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 1: Use It Or Lose It - The Basics
Since the beginning of my involvement with Configuration Manager and SMS I have always considered and communicated with others the notion that software metering data can be used as a trigger mechanism for the removal of unused software. In other words, if software is not used, and this can be proven...
27 Nov 2012
Runbook Commander 2.0 – System Center Orchestrator Console Extension for Configuration Manager
Many months ago I made available Runbook Commander: An Orchestrator Console Extension for Configuration Manager. I am pleased to announce that today version 2.0 has been posted to the TechNet Gallery for download . I have added many features (some significant) to version 2, all of which will be summarized...
19 Oct 2012
System Center 2012: Automating Configuration Manager Client Deployment to Linux Systems
With the introduction of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta, we have been given access to a beta client for some distributions of the Unix/Linux Operating System. This is great news and will allow for many (but not all) Configuration Manager features to be leveraged against these non-Windows...
17 Oct 2012
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Orchestrator – Using Status Message as a Runbook Trigger Mechanism.
I love the integration of System Center 2012 Configuration Manage and System Center Orchestrator . Any day in which I get to work in a mutual space between these two technologies is a good day. As seen in some of my previous blog postings I have written an application that allows for the manual execution...
8 Aug 2012
Updating a SQL Cluster using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center Orchestrator (System Center 2012 Updated)
Current Runbooks and recorded MMS session can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2013/04/15/mms2013-session-now-on-channel-9-patching-a-hyper-v-cluster-with-orchestrator-configuration-manager-including-downloadable-runbook-exports.aspx I have been asked many times about...
4 Jul 2012
Runbook Commander – An Orchestrator Console Extension for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - Part 2
UPDATED 5/26/2012 Download location – http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Runbook-Commander-An-dba1fd33 Update 1 Additions - http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/06/27/runbook-commander-update-1-5-an-orchestrator-console-extension-for-system-center-2012-configuration-manager.aspx...
17 Jun 2012
Runbook Commander – An Orchestrator Console Extension for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Updated 10/26/2012 - Runbook Commander 2.0 has been released. Information can be found and the following links. Download Location - http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Runbook-Commander-20-116ec91c Runbook Commander 2.0 Overview - http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/10/19/runbook-commander...
12 Jun 2012
System Center Orchestrator – Real Time Reporting and Runbook Summary Email Examples.
Continuing on with the automated SQL Cluster patching process, let’s examine some creative ways in which we can provide real time and summary feedback. At a high level we will see how to write data from the orchestrated process into an external database, and then use this data for reporting purposes...
25 Feb 2012
Updating a SQL Cluster using System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Orchestrator
Current Runbooks and recorded MMS session can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2013/04/15/mms2013-session-now-on-channel-9-patching-a-hyper-v-cluster-with-orchestrator-configuration-manager-including-downloadable-runbook-exports.aspx Common Question - How can I use the...
10 Feb 2012
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