Monitoring Distributed Applications in Operations Manager

One of the more complex Management Pack Authoring scenarios is monitoring distributed applications. I recently used the System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) to create a very complex, but generic, distributed application management pack. Hopefully this solution provides a useful example for the community. Management Pack Summary The distributed application is a fake…

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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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Management Pack Authoring in the VSAE – Tips and Tricks

I started authoring management packs (MPs) in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) when the 2007 version was released. At that time the Authoring Console was not out so I had the pleasure of learning to author in the XML directly. This was difficult at the time but I’m thankful I went through it because I…

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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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Installing the Service Manager 2012 Self Service Portal

There is a lot of information on installing the SCSM 2012 portal on SharePoint. Recently I ran into a lot of different issues installing it at a customer and the information I found didn’t point me in the right direction. We ran into various issues including the dreaded blank white screen. I ended up setting…

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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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