SMA Runbooks can be triggered by Windows Azure Pack events like VM Role creation. You can configure this by going to the VM Cloud automation tab and linking a runbook to an Azure Pack known object like “Microsoft VMRole“.
The objects have actionable event like Create, Scale, Repair and Delete. You can link one runbook per actionable event per object.
A runbook is only available to linkup with an event if it is configured with the SPF tag.
When taking this information in mind, you can see that if you are going to build a dependency between actionable events and SMA runbooks you need to develop and commit to some standards. In this blog post I’ll show you some examples of what you could think off while developing your SMA Windows Azure Pack integration strategy for VM Roles.
In my daily job I see VM Roles being used by enterprise customers as a replacement for SCVMM service templates and VM templates. Although the VM Role is meant to be disposable, scalable, recyclable and easily replaceable, they are actually being used for VMs which will have long life spans and take advantage of some of the VM Role benefits like scaling and resource extension configuration.
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