VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 1 – Demonstration

Quick Blog Description: In this series of postings I will be detailing how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to deploy complex applications / services. I will be demonstrating this capability by deploying a System Center Orchestrator instances consisting of multiple virtual machines hosting the Orchestrator components. While my example focuses on Orchestrator, the…


System Center Orchestrator Query: Identify Long Running Runbook Executions

As I work in different Orchestrator environments I find it very helpful to monitor for jobs that have been in a running state for a long period of time (excluding any Runbook that begins with a monitor activity). This ultimately help identify Runbook logic issues, infinite loops, and other environmental issues. We can identify Runbooks that…


System Center Orchestrator Query: Execution Count Per Activity

Good Day – I am currently traveling from Texas to Florida with my family, a half froze turkey, and the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner that will not be beat. I’m coming to you now from rainy New Orleans were we have stopped for some Beignets, Chicory Coffee and a Central Market Muffaletta for lunch….


Runbook Commander Update 1.5 – An Orchestrator Console Extension for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Updated 10/26/2012 – Runbook Commander 2.0 has been released. Information can be found and the following links. Download Location – http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Runbook-Commander-20-116ec91c Runbook Commander 2.0 Overview – http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/10/19/runbook-commander-2-0-system-center-orchestrator-console-extension-for-configuration-manager.aspx Deployment and Administration Guide – http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/10/23/runbook-commander-2-0-deployment-and-administration-guide.aspx Items added in V1.5 – Runbook Commander now supports extended console actions against not only Computer objects but collections as well. Runbook…


Come Check Out My MMS 2013 Sessions

MMS 2013 is right around the corner. While at the conference, I will be delivering one session and appearing as a guest in a second one. In each session I will be demonstrating solutions based on the interaction between System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Orchestrator SP1. Come check them out…


Building Intelligent Delay Within Orchestrator Runbook Solutions: Activity Looping

Often times when automating a multi-step process, there is a need to build into this automation a certain amount of delay. For instance, if I have rebooted an application server, we not only need to wait for the OS to come back online, but also the application host services to come back online before adding the…


Invoking Orchestrator Runbooks during a Virtual Machine Manager Service Template Deployment

Not only does System Center Virtual Machine Manager have the ability to deploy complete multi-tier services with flexible capacity, SCVMM also provides flexibility in terms of automating the configuration of these service deployments. That said, there is some room to tack on additional deployment, configuration, or validation automation onto these service deployments. For instance, let’s assume…