Authoring Runbooks in Service Management Automation
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server
Runbooks in Service Management Automation are Windows PowerShell workflows that run on Automation Worker servers. They provide the ability to automate administrative processes for managing and deploying cloud servers or any other function that a Windows PowerShell script can perform.
The additional services provided by Automation for working with Windows PowerShell Workflows include the following:
Centralized storage and management of runbooks with the Automation database and Windows Azure Pack management portal.
Scalable architecture for scheduling and running runbooks with multiple Worker servers.
Global resources that are centrally managed and available to all runbooks.
User interface for authoring and testing runbooks.
Set of cmdlets for managing and starting runbooks.
Runbook Authoring Guide Topics
The following topics provide information on creating and working with Automation runbooks.
Describes the concepts of Automation runbooks and Windows PowerShell Workflows.
Runbook and Module Operations
Procedures for working with runbooks and modules using both the Windows Azure Pack management portal and Windows PowerShell.
Resources such as connections and variables that are available to all runbooks.
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