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New PowerShell Activities in VMM IPs for System Center 2012 Orchestrator

6:15 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

“When we on the product team create an integration pack for a product, whether it’s for System Center or another Microsoft products, or even a 3rd-party product, our goal is not to try and replicate everything that product does in the form of runbook activities. First of all, not everything a product does makes sense to try and automate because they might only be done once or twice in the lifetime of the installation. What we do is try to cover core scenarios with activities that help accomplish what data center admins need to do on a regular basis.

The second reason why we don’t do that is scalability. When our runbook activities are a combination of multiple actions on the target product, it requires new effort to develop and release each additional activity, and we simply cannot scale to provide quality integration packs that contain 50 or 100 activities, let alone cover the 466 PowerShell cmdlets available in the latest release of VMM.

This is why, in the integration packs for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, we include new activities for running free-form PowerShell scripts. These activities are designed to allow you the flexibility to do use any of the PowerShell cmdlets exposed by the product in a way that’s much easier to use than the Run .NET Script activity. These activities, “Run DPM PowerShell Script” and “Run VMM PowerShell Script” take advantage of their integration with the DPM and VMM IPs to offer some benefits over Run .NET Script”

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System Center 2012 Cloud Services Process Pack

8:22 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a service-centric model for the request and provisioning of data center resources.
System Center Cloud Services Process Pack is Microsoft’s infrastructure as a service solution built on the Microsoft System Center platform.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

With the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack, enterprises can realize the benefits of infrastructure as a service while simultaneously leveraging their existing investments in the System Center 2012 Service Manager, System Center 2012 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and System Center 2012 Operations Manager platforms.

Private cloud management assets are being delivered with System Center 2012 Service Manager and a key part of this solution is the self-service experience. This experience is now significantly enhanced by the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

Contains following elements:

  • Cloud Services Process Pack (SC 2012 Service Manager MPs and Service Catalog/Offerings)
  • Cloud Services Runbooks (SC 2012 Orchestrator)

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Contains following documents:

  • Administration Guide
  • Operations Guide

 

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