New 3-day Workshop: Windows Azure Pack: Mastering Service Management Automation (SMA)

I am currently in development of my new mastering class in SMA.

Here is the detailed info and upcoming dates


Windows Azure Pack – Mastering Service Management Automation






Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen, Cloud & Data Center MVP.


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Go from A to Z in Service Management Automation.

The new automation tool based on PowerShell Workflows.

Beside the introduction, architecture and installation, this workshop focuses on designing Runbooks using PowerShell Workflows in SMA.

Learn how to convert your knowledge of PowerShell scripts to PowerShell Workflows.

We will start from the beginning and progress into more advanced workflows later on.

Use parallel processing, checkpoints and other PowerShell workflow features

How to integrate to other system center products, for maintenance, monitoring or other scenarios.

Recommended; Some knowledge of PowerShell, but you do not have to be a PowerShell expert to join this workshop!

Target Group

This course is intended for Enterprise Systems Engineers, Administrators and System Integrators who wants to learn how to Automate the datacenter using Service Management Automation


Experience with Windows Server Administration

Basic understanding of Active Directory

Basic understanding of PowerShell


Knowledge of Windows Azure Pack

Experience in PowerShell


Students will learn all parts of Service Management Automation, and many different runbook designs


Lab manual.


You will touch the following subjects, and more:


  • Introduction
  • Architecture
  • Minimum SMA Environment
  • Use Cases

Runbook Introduction

  • Introduction – Runbooks
  • PowerShell Workflow
  • Running a runbook in WAP
  • Using PowerShell Modules

Runbook Design

  • Workflows vs. Scripts
  • Creating your first runbook using the WAP Portal.
  • Activities vs. InlineScript
  • Inputs (parameters)
  • Calling sub runbooks
  • Developing Runbooks in PowerShell ISE and SMA Studio.

Runbook Structure

  • Using For each
  • Sequential Processing
  • + more.

Advanced Runbook Structure

  • Using Check Points
  • Parallel Processing

Triggering runbooks

  • Trigger via Events, Schedules or PowerShell


  • Variables
  • Connections
  • Credentials
  • Certificates

Integration to Windows Azure Pack

  • Automating the Web Site Provider
  • + more

Integration to System Center

  • SCOM, SCCM, SCSM + more.
  • Integration into.
  • Monitoring.
  • Integration to SharePoint


  • Using the PowerShell administration Module
  • Importing / Exporting runbook in PowerShell
  • Registering / Unregistering Runbook Workers
  • And more


  • Creating a PowerShell Module
  • Creating a PowerShell Module with a custom connection asset type


Copenhagen, Denmark:!lab=Windows_Azure_Pack_-_Mastering_Service_Management_Automation

Stockholm, Sweden:



Comments (%):

  1. Hi Jakob,

    This training sounds fantastic! Me and a few colleagues could really use the this training and is in fact exactly what we are looking for.
    We are planning a new automation solution with Azure Pack/SMA at out high-tech company in the Netherlands.
    The planned dates are a bit to far in the future. I was wondering if it is possible to get a training earlier somewhere this year?

    The training doesn’t have to be 100% perfect, so maybe we there is an option for a try-out training? Please let me know what is possible?

    Best Regards,

    Max Gaulhofer

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