FAQ: Why Aren’t My Service Manager (SCSM) Objects Showing Up in Orchestrator When I Use the Get Object Activity?

I’ve seen this situation twice now in the last week so it’s probably worth a blog post on it.  Here’s the situation.  You are logged into the System Center – Service Manager (SCSM) console and you can see a bunch of objects like for example 200 computers.  Then you create a runbook in Orchestrator using… Read more

Using Orchestrator and Service Manager to Create a New User in Office 365

Jonathan Ponton has written up an excellent, detailed, step-by-step description of how to use Service Manager and Orchestrator together to automate the process of creating a new user in Office 365.  Read on! http://seethruthecloud.com/using-system-center-2012-orchestrator-to-create-a-new-user-in-office-365-from-a-service-manager-service-request  Very cool Jonathan. Thanks for sharing!… Read more

Cloud Resource Management – Orchestrator and Service Provider Foundation

A new scenario based TechNet wiki article written by our documentation team describes how to use Service Provider Foundation to programmatically integrate cloud resources that Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) manages into existing management portals and orchestration. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/13310.cloud-resource-management-with-system-center-2012-service-pack-1-sp1-orchestrator-and-service-provider-foundation.aspx… Read more

Orchestrator Blog: Now on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

If you liked the original System Center Blogs app that was published last year for Windows Phone and Android, you’ll be happy to know that both apps have now been updated, plus there is a new version now available for iOS. The updates include bug fixes and feature additions as well as a current list… Read more

KB: Orchestrator does not reconnect when the SQL server is restarted

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue with System Center 2012 Orchestrator that happens when the SQL Server instance it’s using is restarted. ===== Symptoms Runbooks stop executing and the Orchestrator Runbook Service and Management Server do not function as expected when the SQL Server instance that hosts… Read more

KB: "Access Denied" in Runbook Designer when connecting to the System Center Orchestrator Management Server

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where you get an "Access Denied" in Runbook Designer when connecting to the Orchestrator Management Server. ===== Symptoms When attempting to connect to your System Center 2012 Orchestrator Management Server using the Runbook Designer application, the following error is returned: Connection… Read more

We are happy to announce the release of the new Orchestrator Windows Azure Integration Pack to beta.

The IP can be downloaded from download center IP user guide is located on Technet The Integration Pack includes the following activities: Azure Certificates– the Azure Certificates activity is used in a runbook to add, delete, and list management and service certificates Azure Deployments– the Azure Deployments activity is used in a runbook to create,… Read more

How to Register SPF as System Center IaaS Provider for Windows Server Service Management Portal & API

Following the recent Beta release of the Service Management Portal and API for Windows Server, a couple of our hosting solutions field guys in Europe reported issues getting the portal to successfully register SPF as the System Center provider for IaaS. With special thanks to Michel Gebbinck & Steve Belton for always jumping on this… Read more