Demo: Automating Service Request Fulfillment from the SCSM Service Catalog with Orchestrator

Microsoft’s very own Travis Wright just posted a great demo on how to automate routine service requests using the power of Service Manager-Orchestrator integration.  It’s a 17 minute HD video so if you’re looking for something to watch during your lunch break today then check this out: ===== Nobody wants to be the poor guy… Read more

Error "Setup has detected Opalis 6.3 installed on this computer" when installing System Center 2012 Orchestrator

Just a quick heads up on a new KB article we just published this morning on an error you may receive when attempting to install System Center 2012 Orchestrator on a system that had been running Opalis 6.3: ===== Symptoms When installing all components of System Center 2012 Orchestrator or one of the individual components… Read more

Creating your own custom icons for Orchestrator activities

One key to a professional-looking Integration Pack is a set of customized icons for the IP category and its activities. When you create a new IP, you can select a different resource file to specify the category icon and the icons of all the individual activities. I’m sure a lot of people (like me) have… Read more

NOW LIVE: The Microsoft TechNet Gallery

As many of you probably already know, for a long time the Script Repository (a special-purpose gallery) has been an engine of great content and community engagement on TechNet.  Well starting last week it was upgraded significantly and launched as the new TechNet Gallery, supporting not only just scripts but many other technical resources for… Read more

Migrating from Opalis – Identifying activities that have changed in Orchestrator

Hi everyone As we have previously indicated, there are some changes in the Standard Activities (what were referred to as Foundation Activities in the Opalis product) with the Orchestrator release.  This raises the question for customers who are migrating from Opalis to Orchestrator for a way to identify which Opalis workflows contain objects that are… Read more

System Center IPs and QIK for use with Orchestrator

Hi everyone We have posted 2 new Orchestrator downloads in the Download Center for the System Center 2007/2008/2010 releases and the Quick Integration Kit (QIK). These 2 downloads can be obtained by clicking the following links: For the System Center 2007/2008/2010 Integration Packs click here For the Quick Integration Kit click here Enjoy! Adam Adam… Read more

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta Install on Domain controller

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta is not supported on a domain controller:  Currently Installing System Center Orchestrator 2012 on a domain controller is not supported. This is known issue for Beta  release and it is because of different ProductType for domain controller, which Orchestrator Installer does not check for. This is already release noted, please… Read more

Announcing the availability of the VMware and IBM Netcool IPs for Orchestrator!

Today we are very excited to announce the availability of 2 updated Integration Packs (IPs) for System Center Orchestrator. We have published the updated IPs for IBM Netcool and VMware vSphere which are available for immediate download by clicking the links. Further details about the two IPs are below: System Center Orchestrator 2012 Integration Pack… Read more

Opalis 6.3 and clustering the Integration or Management Server

This is a question I get every now and then and since I didn’t see it spelled out anywhere I thought I’d go ahead and answer it here.  The question is whether or not Opalis 6.3 supports clustering of the Integration or Management server, and if so is that recommended. The short answer to that… Read more

Leveraging the power of the Orchestrator Out of Box Standard Activities

A common question we get is “Do you have an Integration Pack for <insert a product/solution here>?” Charles even wrote a blog post on this back in the Opalis days! I wanted to ensure that everyone understood the powerful activities that come Out of the Box with Orchestrator, and all the incredible runbooks you can… Read more