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Runbook as a service

Allow a tenant to run and author ans schedule runbooks from the Tenant Site.

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Marc van Eijk shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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Just to confirm the request, this is around having the complete SMA experience for tenants, correct? Should tenants be allowed to author their own runbooks? Or are you looking to have the admin provide runbook content for the tenants so that they can run and schedule approved runbooks?


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  • Bill Trinh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1. Not sure if there is a need to allow tenants to author runbooks but for admins to offer predefined runbooks as a service for tenants to use is important. Consider the use case where tenants who have no VMM or Azure knowledge or access, and simply want to have the capability to quickly stand up a few VMs thru the UI, there isn't a way to do it today.

  • Eamon O'Reilly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for the feedback. SMA has a consistent service called Azure Automation that is available as a multi-tenant service in Azure today. The plan is to bring this on premises in the next release of System Center. This would then make it possible to expose automation runbooks to tenants through the Azure Pack.

  • Tim Pringle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Publishing of runbooks to Plans by admins would be great, especially while there is no built in integration with Service Manager (though third parties can be used for this of course). This would fit in nicely with Agile development.

    Not so sure about allowing tenants to create their own runbooks though, could be a support nightmare for hosters / service providers.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ability to have runbooks defined as available to a plan and then have an interface to allow the tenant to run or schedule to run those runbooks would be great

  • Koen Philipsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm looking for a possibility to start runbooks from the tenant site.
    To have a SMA/SC Orchestrator frontend within Windows Azure Pack, since the Orchestrator console is not meant for end users.
    A front end must contain regex, check boxes and list boxes.

  • Hans Vredevoort commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you could leave that optional, we would have best of both worlds. A controlled offering of tenant runbooks is just as valuable as a tenant controlled use of runbooks. Thanks for responding!

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