toolsIf you have been reading about and testing the new features from System Center 2012 R2, you’ve probably heard about Service Management Automation (SMA), a new automation engine based on PowerShell Workflows and shipping as part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, along with the existing Orchestrator engine. And as you can probably guess, since there is no easy way to “convert” an Orchestrator Runbook to a PowerShell Workflow for SMA you would likely take the migration as an opportunity to rework your Runbooks and optimize them for the new framework.

That being said, you might be interested in getting some semi-automated guidance to lay down the backbone for the new PowerShell Workflow. This leads me to the “SMART Runbook Conversion Helper” tool. Fully written in PowerShell, this solution is designed to help an Orchestrator user understand how Runbooks could be moved to SMA .

Microsoft’s own Bruno Saille has a new article that explains the capabilities of this tool, where to download it from and how to use it. If anything, you could also use this tool to document the structure and content of your Orchestrator Runbooks, similar to the work delivered in the Word documentation feature from the Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator (the two tools actually share some DNA).

The Runbook Conversion Helper is the second tool in the SMA Runbook Toolkit (SMART), after SMART for Runbook Import and Export by Jim Britt.

For more details and a download link please see the following:

Automation–Service Management Automation–SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART Runbook Conversion Helper

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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