Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application

Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application Quite some time back I built and made available Runbook Commander: A System Center Companion Application. RBC is essentially a dynamic console extension for System Center Configuration Manager which can execute a System Center Orchestrator Runbook, passing to this Runbook information about the selected Configuration Manager object. I’ve not…

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Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine - Detailed Documentation

 Index: Introduction:Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine Overview:CMAAE Portal Installation and Core Configuration:Delegation:Detection and Notification Overview:Sample Detection and Notification Runbook:Sample Detection and Notification PowerShell Script:Post Approval Automaton Overview:Sample Post Approval Automation Runbook:Sample Post Approval Automation PowerShell Script: Disclaimer: The Configuration Manager Application Approval Engine is designed as a sample solution and is not intended for ‘out…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 4 – Service Template Configuration and Deployment

During this post, I will be wrapping up this in-depth look at VMM service deployments. Over the last three postings we have examined the following items: Post 1 – Introduction to service deployments Post 2 – Prerequisites for creating a multi-tier instance of Orchestrator Service Post 3 – Creation of SQL and Application Profiles for…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 3 – SQL Server and Application Profiles

Quick Blog Description: In the two previous postings of this blog series I’ve introduced VMM Service Templates as well as demonstrated a VMM Service deployment using System Center Orchestrator as the example service. Blog posting 2 detailed all prerequisites needed in order to deploy Orchestrator as a service. In this posting, the third in the series I…

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VMM Service Deployments in Depth: Deploying System Center Orchestrator as a Service Part 2 - Prerequisites

Quick Overview – Hello Again, during this post I will be detailing all prerequisites needed in order to configure and deploy a multi-tiered instance of System Center Orchestrator using the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Service Deployment capabilities. In Post one of this series I’ve introduced the concept of Virtual Machine Manager Service Templates or…

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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…

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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…

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System Center Orchestrator Query: Mapping Invoke Runbook Activities to Destination Runbooks

If you have attended any Orchestrator training, best practices session, read any book, blog, or article about design practices, you have most probably been advised to keep your Runbooks small and modular. So for example, instead of having one large Runbook which includes an activity to place a computer into Operations Manager maintenance mode, have one…

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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…

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