Introducing SCVMM Service Templates and Datacenter Automation by Solution Accelerators Team

Update: As I wrote Microsoft is announcing two new Solution Accelerator beta programs for System Center products and now it is official at Microsoft SCVMM team blog.

Solution Accelerators Team in Microsoft is starting two new initiatives:

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Service Templates – Solution Accelerators Team will probably create a site where SCVMM service templates will be published and supported by Microsoft.  The first release will include templates for various Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 Roles – Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, IIS and File Server. There will be also add-in for SCVMM that will be able to browse and download these service templates.
  • Datacenter Automation for the cloud  – From this initiative we will probably see scripts and runbooks for Orchestrator supported by Microsoft. The first solutions will be focused on SharePoint and Windows Server – Orchestrator Runbooks for quick SharePoint farm back-up and recovery scenario; Back up a Web application; Back up a service application; Trace logs; Checking Disk Space, CPU and RAM; Sharepoint WMI scan for perf/alerts; Scan for missing patches / WMI.

The two initiatives will start as beta programs on Microsoft Connect soon.

Tool to execute Orchestrator runbooks from Configuration Manager

Neil Peterson developed a tool that can execute runbooks from Configuration Manager console. The tool is called Runbook Commander. Read the article to understand how the tool works and watch a short demo here.

Start or Stop Maintenance Mode of server in SCOM trough SCSM

With System Center 2012 this implementation looks so easy you just have to follow some steps. Pete Zerger provides us with these steps in article titled “Controlling Computer Maintenance Mode in OpsMgr from the Service Manager 2012 Self-Service Portal”.

Working With Relationships in the SCSM Orchestrator Integration Pack

This article is provide by Travis Wright from SCSM team blog. If you are interested in it read it here.

Command line utility to start Runbooks in Orchestrator 2012

Robert_Hearn decided to help the community and wrote a nice command utility that can launch runbooks in Orchestrator 2012. Read the article Cool Tool: New Command Line Utility to Start a Runbook” on Orchestrator Team blog.