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Orchestrator 2012 : Statistics not updated in Web Console

9:34 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hello All,

You may be already experimented this issue with System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC, the statistics available in the web console are never updated and always stay at zero. The two print screens below represent the problem that I had in my lab environment :

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This problem is due to a SQL Store procedure that doesn’t start and doesn’t update the statistics in the web console.

To solve that, the very first step is to ensure that the SQL Broker in enable on your SQL Server. Go to you SQL Server and run the following Query :

select is_broker_enabled from sys.databases where name= ‘Orchestrator’

If it is not (you get a return value of 0) then you need to enable it by doing the following:

alter database Orchestrator set enable_broker WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE

Now, we’ll check the last execution time of the procedure that is taking care of the statistic update. Execute the follow query :

SELECT
      [m].[Name],
      [m].[IsEnabled],
      [m].[IntervalInSeconds],
      [m].[LastExecutionTime]
FROM [Orchestrator].[Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Maintenance].[MaintenanceTasks] [m]

This will return the following table :
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We could see that the LastExcutionTime of the Statistics store procedure is MARCH 15, or this normally procedure has to run every 10 minutes (600 seconds). It’s clear that something is going wrong there.

To start manually this procedure, we have to run the follow query :

EXEC [Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Maintenance].[EnqueueRecurrentTask] @taskName = ‘Statistics’

After a few seconds, we must find some data in the following table :

SELECT *
FROM [Orchestrator].[Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Statistics.Internal].[Statistics]
 

Running manually the procedure must solve the issue in the majority of the case, but if you still have any statistic  data after running all the SQL queries above, it’s certainly due to your SQL Server that is not working properly.

In fact, it was my case, still no updated statistics. if like me, you are running  your lab SQL server in  a VM on your laptop, VM that you never shutdown /reboot, but always use the PAUSE feature. This could cause some problem with the SQL Store procedures.

How to solve that ? Simply reboot your SQL Server. After the reboot, my statistic updated automatically.

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I hope this help you Winking smile

Thanks to Travis Wright and Chris Sanders for their help on this topic.

Christopher KEYAERT

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Orchestrator 2012: how to build your first runbook – Session recording available

8:43 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hello all,

The recording of my last week session about “Orchestrator 2012 – How to build your first runbook” is available on TechNet Edge :http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/hh916316

The slide deck is available on Slide Share :

You could also download the Runbooks that I created during the session : DOWNLOAD

Cheers
Christopher

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BMC Products Integration Packs for Orchestrator 2012

8:34 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Dear All,

Kelverion company closely worked with Microsoft for releasing a new set of Orchestrator 2012 Integration packs for the following BMC Products:

  • BMC Bladelogic v8.1, 8.2
  • BMC Remedy ARS v7.5, 7.6
  • BMC Enterprise Event Manager (BEM) v7.4
  • BMC Atrium CMDB v7.6.04

The license is free of charge for the current BMC IPs on completion of an end user license form, detailing the number of Orchestrator databases and which BMC products are to be licensed.

The licensing of the Integration Packs is per Orchestrator database i.e. so normally a customer would have at least one license for production and one for development as a minimum.

These free IPs are supplied without warranty or support and you could download it here: http://www.kelverion.com/bmc-download

Downloads are supplied with a 14 day evaluation license but you simply have to send an email to info@kelverion.com to obtain permanent license keys.

More details about the activities available below :

Integration Pack for BMC Atrium CMDB

Supported Versions

  • BMC Atrium CMDB 7.6.04 is supported. Future compatibility is dependent on BMC Atrium Core Web Services.  Prior versions to 7.6.04 are not supported.

Activities

The Integration Pack supports the following activities for both CIs and relationships:

  • Create Instance
  • Delete Instance
  • Get Instance
  • Monitor Instance
  • Update Instance
  • Start Reconciliation Engine Job

Integration Pack for BMC Enterprise Event Manager (BEM)

Supported Versions

Starting with BMC Enterprise Event Manager 7.4 with Impact Integration Web Server 7.4 (developed with 7.4.01).  Future compatibility is dependent on changes to Impact Integration Web Server.

BEM Activities:

  • Create Event
  • Update Event
  • Set Event Status
  • Get Event
  • Monitor Events

Integration Pack for BMC Remedy AR System

Supported versions:

Starting with BMC Remdey AR System 7.5 and 7.6. (developed with Remedy 7.5). Future compatibility is dependent on Remedy Web Service. Version 7.1 or below is not supported.

Activities:

The Integration Pack supports the following activities:

  • Create Request
  • Update Request
  • Get Request
  • Monitor Request

Integration Pack for BMC BladeLogic

Supported versions:

Starting with BMC BladeLogic Server Automation 8.1

BladeLogic Activities:

  • Create BLPackage from Audit
  • Create Deploy Job (BLPackage Deploy Job or Software Deploy Job)
  • Run Job  (Audit Job, ACL Push Job, Batch Job, BLPackage Job, Compliance Job, Component Discover Job, File Deploy Job, Software Deploy Job, NSH Script Job, Snapshot Job, Virtual Infrastructure Discovery Job)
  • Export Audit Results
  • Set Server Property
  • Run BLCLI Command

More information on this website : http://www.kelverion.com/

Cheers
Christopher

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Slide deck available for the Live Meeting : Orchestrator – How to build your first runbook–

3:19 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday afternoon, I did a live meeting about “System Center Orchestrator : How to build your first runbook” at Microsoft Belgium. I would like to thanks the 40 participants to that meeting and the persons who already sent me their feedback.

The recording will be available next week on TechNet Edge, but I already published on SlideShare the session slide deck :

As promised, you could also download the Runbooks that I created during the session : DOWNLOAD

Cheers
Christopher

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TechDays content is online

7:36 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

If you missed TechDays 2012 in Belgium (Braine l’Alleud), there is no way to bring you back the whole 10th anniversary experience. That’s the bad news, the good news however is that we go a long way and bring you a recorded video of each of the sessions so you can learn from the best.

From now on, you can browse all the sessions, view them online or download to your favorite media player and download the slides.

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We welcomed many top speakers like Scott Guthrie, Brian Keller, Jeff Prosise, … in the developer track and Ward Ralston, Corey Heynes, John Craddock, … in the IT Pro track.

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Happy learning and feel free to share your thoughts about TechDays 2012 via #techdaysbe!

Microsoft TechEd Europe

7:33 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

TechEd Europe 2012 (26-29 June, Amsterdam)

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TechEd is for technology professionals involved in building, deploying or maintaining IT solutions using Microsoft technologies. TechEd Europe will offer four days of more than 1,000 education opportunities and hands-on training across the full range of Microsoft products and solutions. You will learn in-depth about the latest technology trends and how you can leverage these effectively in your business. TechEd is the forum to gain the expertise, connections, and insights that will help you get the most from your existing IT investments.


TechEd: Where You Get IT All
TechEd offers over 400 breakout sessions spread across 12 tracks featuring diverse technologies at a level of detail unmatched in the industry – from understanding the latest business productivity solutions to diving deeper on Microsoft’s Cloud strategy. TechEd also features over 250 self-paced labs created by product experts, and is an ideal place to pick up new ideas and skills to increase productivity and build better solutions.

Plus TechEd Europe offers an additional day of deep training via the pre-conference seminars happening on Monday, 25 June. These day-long sessions will enhance your learning experience through supplemental in-depth, comprehensive training. Take an accelerated path to the certifications and skills you need to increase your professional appeal and prepare to add new value in the real world, with an extended skill set you can put to use immediately.

Register by 31 March and Save €300: http://europe.msteched.com/Registration

Live Meeting : SC Orchestrator – How to build your first runbook

10:08 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hello everyone,

You just installed System Center Orchestrator, Great, but what’s next?

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:00 PM (GMT+01:00), I will do a live meeting to present the System Center Orchestrator basics for runbook creation. We will speak about bests practices, how to use out of the box activities, configuring Orchestrator Integration Packs, runbook creation and a lot more.

We will show you how to build your first System Center Orchestrator runbook from scratch.

This is a live meeting and it’s free, to register follow this link : https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032506833&Culture=en-US

Regards
Christopher Keyaert

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OpsMgr / SCOM : ADFS 2.0 MP Discovery Issue

10:14 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Everyone,

One of my customer requested me to implement the Active Directory  Federation Services 2.0 Management Pack on Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Management Pack is available here with the Guide :
http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/applications/active-directory-federation-services-2-0-adfs-monitoring-management-pack-12884905753

The only pre-requisite of this management pack that I found in the documentation is to enable the IIS 6 Management Compatibility:image

After several hours, still no server in the Federation Servers State view, nothing strange in the event viewer:
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Hopefully, one colleague of mine, that I would like to thank you, found the solution in the Know Issues on Microsoft TechNet :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff730220.aspx

In fact, there is a second pre-requisites that is not in the ADFS MP guide, we have to disable IP version 6 (IPV6) on the agent computer that is running AD FS 2.0.

We have first to disable IPv6 in the Local Area Connection Properties :

But we have also to do it in the server registry. To do that, follow the step below :

  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in the Programs list.
  • In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  • In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters \
  • Double-click DisabledComponents to modify the DisabledComponents entry.

Note If the DisabledComponents entry is unavailable, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:

  • In the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Type DisabledComponents, and then press ENTER.
  • Double-click DisabledComponents.

And finally, the value of the key:

  • Type 0xffffffff to disable all IPv6 components, except the IPv6 loopback interface

More details on disabling IPv6 : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852

You have to do the steps above on all the servers running ADFS 2.0.

Normally, your ADFS 2.0 servers will now shortly be appear in the Operations Manager Console. Smile

Regards
Christopher Keyaert

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