Tag: SCOrch

Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 4 Orchestrator and Service Management Automation)

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In Part 4 we will cover the installation experience of Orchestrator and Service Management Automation. SMA is a new role in Orchestrator that allows you to execute PowerShell workflows of all PowerShell modules. Certainly a role that we have to discover more.

Orchestrator:

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Runbook Designer I’ve already installed so that is why I cannot check it.

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Orchestrator will enable IIS role during the installation:

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I think that option with remote access was not present before but I might be wrong.

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Runbook Designer can be opened without issues:

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When I’ve opened the web console I’ve got an error:

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It seems the installed does not install ASP.NET 4.5 and you have to install it manually. After that the web console will be working:

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Let’s continue with Service Management Automation role which has three components. I will install them on the SCO01:

Web Service:

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We have to install some prerequisites:

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The installation experience looks like the one for Service Provider Foundation as both are web services:

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You can generate self-signed certificate without going to IIS console:

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Runbook Worker:

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These new roles in Orchestrator component all require Windows Server 2012 R2

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It seems additional configuration is needed after installation:

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PowerShell Module

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The installation of these modules goes very fast so I couldn’t capture it.

More exploration on Service Management Automation Role is needed in order to understand the architecture and the full capabilities.

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System Center Orchestrator 2012 PowerShell Web Service Module

This community PowerShell module created by MVP Ryan Andorfer will give you the ability to interact with Orchestrator Web Service trough PowerShell. Here is full description from the author:

A set of PowerShell cmdlets for interacting with the System Center 2012 Orchestrator web service, complete with help documentation. Supports invoking runbooks with parameters and the parameters can have html characters! This PowerShell Library contains the following functions

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Get-SCOEvents
Start-SCORunbook
Stop-SCOJob
Get-SCOMonitorRunbook
Get-SCORunbookServer
Get-SCOSubfolders
New-SCOWebserverURL
Get-SCOJob
Get-SCORunbook

 

You can download the PowerShell module from TechNet Gallery.

Three Interesting Session about System Center 2012 SP1 from Microsoft Internal Event TechReady

Internal Microsoft information is always something interesting you would like to get a sneak peak. Microsoft is now offering this sneak peak by publishing three of their Internal Sessions at TechReady:

Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center 2012 SP1 Extensibility

New videos for SC 2012 SP1 from MVA are appearing on the horizon. If you cannot wait for the full trainings to be released at MVA you can check them one by one:

I recommend definitely checking the videos for Service Manager because they are led by one of my SC gurus Travis Wright.

SystemCenterCentral: Automatically Reset Unhealthy Unit Monitors (when alert closed in error by a human)

In the past to resolve such issues we had to implemented scripts that were triggered daily by the task scheduler on one of the management servers. Pete Zerger shows us a way how to use Orchestrator and be more effective. Read the about the solution here.

Patching Windows Server 2012 Clusters with SCCM

I am sure everybody has faced the challenge with patching clusters. In Windows Server 2012 we have the feature Cluster-Aware Updating to help us with applying software updates. Unfortunately if you use SCCM for patching you will probably continue using it even for 2012 clusters because you’ve already have some process in place and this new feature is no use, at least at first look. When you want to consolidate the work of two or more tools SC 2012 Orchestrator comes to the rescue. That is what Neil Peterson from MSFT have done and provided Cluster patching runbooks that leverage Windows Server 2012 Cluster and System Center 2012 Components. I haven’t tested them but feel free to test them and drop some comment here or in this page where you can download them..

Disaster Recovery Solution with Orchestrator

Windows Server 2012 has out of the box a disaster recovery solution for virtual machines named Hyper-V Replica. Unfortunately this solution is not automated but luckily you can automate this solution whatever you like with System Center 2012 Orchestrator. Charles Joy from MSFT even offers free runbooks to the community to make that disaster recovery automated. He made two scenarios – one without using the other System Center components and other where he uses SCSM to initiate the failover. Actually the solution is documented with documents and video. You can directly implement the runbooks in your environment or you can change them to fit your needs. It is up to you to make the logic. The solution is pretty fast and most important free if you have Windows Server 2012 and Orchestrator 2012. I’ve seen a solutions for Disaster Recovery that cost a significant amount of money and in the end they are hard to configure, 1 of 3 cases failed during failover and have certain limitations. So I suggest grab this solution from here and make your Disaster Recovery.