Orchestrator Cool Solution Example – Automating the Export and TFS Check-In of Runbooks

Hello Readers/Viewers! Ryan Andorfer has done it again – created a great solution which you can leverage as an example to perform similar tasks… This time it is all about AUTOMATING the ability to EXPORT and CHECK-IN Runbooks from Orchestrator to Team Foundation Server. NOTE: This example solution does not include automated import of runbooks….


8 Minute Demo – SC2012 Orchestrator – Policy to Runbook Migration Tips

Hello Readers and Viewers! Again, it has been a while, but I hope to make it up to you with an extra-special (and extra-long) “8 Minute Demo” Video! This one is warm off the heels (okay, cold off the heels) of MMS 2012, where I presented and demonstrated some Policy to Runbook Migration Tips… I…


SC2012 Solution Runbook Examples

Hello Readers and Viewers! The long awaited and highly anticipated SC2012 Solution Runbook Examples are here! I mentioned them yesterday during my first Instructor-Led Lab @ MMS 2012, and now they are available here, from my blog and CodePlex. If you happen to be attending MMS 2012, be sure to stop by the Hands-On Lab…


Orchestrator CodePlex Integration Packs

Hello Readers/Viewers! I realize that these posts have been few and far between lately, but all that is going to change during and after MMS 2012! (believe me, this was by design, not by laziness 😉 To get this blog rolling again, albeit slowly, I wanted to let everyone know that the post I made…


Orchestrator (RC) CodePlex Integration Packs UPGRADED!

Hello Readers/Viewers! During a recent Microsoft Internal Event (TechReady), I realized that the CodePlex IPs that I updated for System Center 2012 Orchestrator were in fact just that, updated – not UPGRADED. Original Blog Post is here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/charlesjoy/archive/2011/11/03/orchestrator-rc-codeplex-integration-packs-updated.aspx As of today, I have replaced all my previously posted CodePlex IPs with 1.1 Versions (and one…


Orchestrator (RC) CodePlex Integration Packs Updated!

Hello Readers/Viewers! I know, I know, it has been quite some time since I made a "real" update to my blog, you know, something with actual content. 🙂 After a couple days of upgrading, testing, renaming, testing some more, recompiling, documentation updating, and finally more testing the following (previously published) Integration Packs are now compatible…


Released! – System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed

Hello Readers/Viewers! I am proud to announce that the System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed book is now available. For some of you this is not news, as it was actually released a couple weeks ago, this is just the first opportunity I have had to get the information on my blog. 🙂 Some…


8 Minute Demo – OIS & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we take a look at some new functionality within the VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 Release. BACKGROUND If you haven’t already heard, Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 was recently released. In the long list of new features, one in particular stood out to me: It now has the ability to…


OIS – Automated System Center Advisor Agent Deployment with Service Management

I recently completed a project where I needed to orchestrate and automate the deployment of System Center Advisor Agents (and pre-requisites) on 228 different Host machines. PROBLEM SUMMARY: A recent configuration request required we enable System Center Advisor for a large number of Sales Demo Host machines – This meant that all host machines needed…


System Center Orchestrator 2012 BETA is here!

Readers/Viewers, in the event that you have not yet heard about the release of the SC Orchestrator 2012 BETA, here it is: ***Announcing the System Center Orchestrator Beta!*** Here are some related and helpful links to accompany this announcement: Download the SC Orchestrator 2012 BETA: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26503 SC Orchestrator Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/scorch/ New SC Orchestrator Forum…