KB: The Orchestration Console cannot be opened after upgrading to System Center 2012 R2

After upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, attempts to start the Orchestration Web Console fail and the following messages will pop up in the browser: Error Executing the current operation [httpwebrequest_webexception_remoteserver] Arguments: NotFound Error Executing the Current Operation For all the details and a resolution, please see the following: KB2919041 – The Orchestration Console… Read more

SMA capabilities in depth – Runbook Tasks (library, configuration, starting, scheduling, creation and tagging)

  If you have been reading about and testing the new features from System Center 2012 R2, you’ve probably heard about Service Management Automation, a new automation engine based on PowerShell Workflows and shipping as part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, along with the existing Orchestrator engine. If you haven’t yet looked closely at… Read more

SMA Runbook Toolkit Spotlight–SMART Runbook Conversion Helper for Orchestrator 2012

If you have been reading about and testing the new features from System Center 2012 R2, you’ve probably heard about Service Management Automation (SMA), a new automation engine based on PowerShell Workflows and shipping as part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, along with the existing Orchestrator engine. And as you can probably guess, since… Read more

Service Management Automation: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Your Runbooks

As a savvy customer who creates automation solutions for managing the services enabled with the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) you are of course getting very familiar with the new Service Management Automation (SMA) capability. SMA enables you to automate the repetitive and complex tasks in your datacenter and to integrate with other systems in order… Read more

Service Management Automation: Portable Modules – What, Why, and How

If you’ve started playing around with the new wild and wonderful Service Management Automation (SMA) feature of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, you may have noticed that the product includes a bunch of PowerShell modules out of the box for you to use in your SMA runbooks. You may also have noticed that a bunch… Read more

Using the Service Management Automation feature of Orchestrator in System Center 2012 R2

With the general availability of System Center R2 – Orchestrator in October, customers have the ability to integrate their management systems together to implement end to end IT processes. You can read more about this in the cloud post that Brad wrote in August. In this post, I will discuss the Orchestrator capabilities we have… Read more

Export and document your Runbook details in Visio and Word 2013

In case you didn’t see the announcement, Microsoft’s Bruno Saille just updated his “Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator” tool. This new version (1.5) adds support for Visio 2013 and Word 2013 as well as providing more detailed output in the Word document generated, including details on the published data being used in the activities. It… Read more

Free ebook: System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

We’re very excited to announce a free ebook offering from Microsoft Press: Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks (ISBN 9780735682986) by David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch. This is the first in a series of unique (and free) ebooks that bring System Center experts together to discuss… Read more

The Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution 1.2 is now available

Microsoft’s own Charles Joy just announced version 1.2 of his incredibly handy Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution: Remember back in January of this year when I published the Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution post over here on the Building Clouds Blog? It was a re-introduction of the content I originally posted… Read more