Should I use Service Management Automation (SMA) or System Center 2012 – Orchestrator?

An actual question that is asked regurlarly. Hereby in short some pro’s and con’s to consider.

Orchestrator

In System Center 2012, System Center 2012 SP1, and System Center 2012 R2, the Orchestrator component enables you to automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming. Orchestrator is a feature in System Center 2012. If you already have System Center 2012 installed, and you do not plan to install Windows Azure Pack, use Orchestrator.

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  • Automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming.
  • You can also use PowerShell cmdlets to run other System Center 2012 components/Cmdlets.
  • Let you use integration packs that are not covered by PowerShell. (Example : Leveraging Service Manager)

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Session Confirmation ExpertsLive 2013 #SysCtr

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Last week I received my session confirmation for ExpertsLive 2013. ExpertsLive is the Dutch knowledge community event around Microsoft Azure, System Center, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Windows Server and PowerShell. Experts Live is organized by and for the communities such as Hyper-V.nu, System Center User Group, Windows Azure User Group, PowerShell User Group, PASS (SQL) and the Windows Management User Group.

Together with my colleague Stijn Callebaut we provide the audience a cloud forecast; standardization, automation and process integration with Service Manager and Windows Azure. Showcase a self-service scenario provisioning IaaS to Windows Azure.

Service Manager 2012 R2 forecast “Cloudy with a chance of Iaas” – Ronny de Jong & Stijn Callebaut

Microsoft provides a consistent Cloud OS but how consistent is the deployment of these in a public or private cloud scenario? The lack of process integration, supply of various portals, too many steps, too many clicks! Service Manager provides an interface that allows Cloud OS. On a standard and automated way After going through change management process VMs in public (Azure) or private cloud (SCVMM) provisioned. All this on the assumption Cafeteria, standardization and automation of your public or private cloud.

Looking forward to see you at ExpertsLive 2013!

 

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1—Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download!

Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! [http://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8689]

Download the latest release to stay up-to-date on your deployment needs. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview.

Notable new features include:

· Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

· New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.

· Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.

· Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.

· Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.

· Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.

· Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployments.

Learn more

Visit the MDT home page: http://www.microsoft.com/MDT [http://www.microsoft.com/MDT]

Get the latest news straight from the MDT team: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/ [http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/]

MDT works with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators [http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators].

Advantage through innovation! Join the System Center CEP Program #sysctr

Share the Community Evaluation Program for the upcoming System Center wave to your community peers, partners and customers. Join the program and become familiar with the newest technology. Advantage through innovation!

The Community Evaluation Program from the Management and Security team at Microsoft provides IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.

This site is a starting point to get involved with the Community Evaluation Program. Once you have applied and been accepted to a program, you will be invited to a product specific site on Connect. Please check this page often for updates on current and upcoming programs.

You can contact the team at mscep@microsoft.com with any questions about the Community Evaluation Program. Thank you for your interest!
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