System Center

W03 The ABC's of SMA: An In-Depth Introduction to Service Management Automation

August 13th, 2014

9:30am - 12:30pm

Level: Intermediate Advanced

Neil Peterson

Senior Content Developer


You may have noticed that System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 has a new partner in automation, Service Management Automation. What exactly is this solution and how does it align with Microsoft's other automaton and private cloud strategies? What are the capabilities of SMA and why should you care? What is the role of PowerShell workflow in SMA? Finally, how is SMA configured, how is it used, what are the technical details needed to begin effectively using SMA?

During this session, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Neil Peterson will answer these questions. He'll take an in-depth look at SMA to explore its capabilities, configuration, and some cool automation examples with a full technical breakdown. The session will start with a discussion on SMA's role in the modern datacenter, with a look at use cases and integration opportunities. He'll then detail the pre-requisites and configuration steps required to use SMA. Finally, several practical example automations will be detailed, demonstrated, and discussed in depth. This session will not only introduce Service Management Automaton and the future of data center automation, but it's also a great primer on PowerShell workflow.

You will learn:

  • The all up role of SMA in datacenter and private cloud automation
  • You will be prepared to install, configure, and use Service Management Automation
  • How PowerShell workflow is used within SMA to create automation Runbooks
  • How to get started with the creation and use of SMA Automation