Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part III

This is the 3rd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA). In this post we’ll cover using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to trigger an SMA Runbook which deploys a new VM in Azure. Part I: Preparing your VM for upload, uploading…

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Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part II

This is the 2nd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA). In this post we’ll cover deploying your Azure VM using PowerShell and SMA. Part I: Preparing your VM for upload, uploading it to Azure, and configuring Azure Part II: Deploying your…

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Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part I

Earlier this year I worked with Brad Watts on some automation: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. Our primary VM deployment mechanism was System Center Orchestrator. I decided to do something similar using Service Management Automation (SMA). This series of posts will take you through uploading a custom VM to…

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Update the Request Action Log in Service Manager from SMA

Almost a month ago I posted on Updating the Request Action Log in Service Manager from Orchestrator. I thought it might be helpful to also post how to do this from PowerShell so it can be used with Service Management Automation (SMA). To do this straight from PowerShell you can call the following script, ex:…

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Updating the Request Action Log in Service Manager from Orchestrator

I have been developing a lot of automation in Service Manager / Orchestrator lately and wanted a way to easily update the Request Action Log so portal users can see the status of the runbook in Orchestrator. If you want to do this from PowerShell or SMA then check out this post. Here is the…

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Deploying Software from Configuration Manager using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

This post is the 12th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This…

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Sync Configuration Manager Application Collections in Service Manager

This post is the 11th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This solution allows…

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Shutting down your Azure Virtual Machines during non-working hours

I have a few Azure accounts which I use for labs, mainly virtual machines running various applications such as System Center. It works great but I want to limit the utilization of these virtual machines to minimize the associated costs. Since these are just labs I usually don’t need them late at night and possibly…

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DMVMUG 2014: DC, Maryland, Virginia Management User Group Conference

On Saturday, March 8th I am presenting at the DMVMUG 2014 User Group Conference with a group of my peers: Brad Watts – Premier Field Engineer Chris Maiden – Premier Field Engineer Christine Gerth – Premier Field Engineer Phil Bracher – Premier Field Engineer Our presentation is titled “Microsoft Integration to Automate Deployment” and is…

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Managing Operations Manager Agent Maintenance Mode using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

This post is the 10th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This…

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