System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 Preview: Installation Step by Step

June 25, 2013 at 9:50 am in Orchestrator by Christopher Keyaert

Hi all,

As you read in my previous blog post, Microsoft released the preview bits of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on MSDN/TechNet.


As I want to focus on Orchestrator 2012 R2 installation itself and not on Windows Server 2012 R2, I will install Orchestrator 2012 R2 on a regular Windows Server 2012 (not R2).
Prerequisites for the installation of Orchestrator :

  • Windows Server 2012 server
  • .Net 3.5 SP1 features
  • A service account which is local administrator of the server



Let’s go with a step by step installation overview of Orchestrator 2012 R2 preview.

Double click on the mu_system_center_2012_r2_preview_orchestrator_x86_x64_2363715.exe file.
The Wizard is saying than the installation will start, in fact, it’s not really the installation, it’s just the extract of the files.
Click on Next to continue.

Specify the folder where you want to extract the bits. This is not the installation folder.
Browse the folder and click on Next.

Verify the information and click on Install.

Extract of the files in progress.

All the files have been extracted, click on finish.

Go to the folder that you specified earlier and double click on SetupOrchestrator.exe

Click on install.

If you didn’t install .Net 3.5 SP1, you will see the following error message.

Specify a Name and Organisation. No product key is required. Click in Next

Accept the license terms and click on Next.

Select all the features that you want to install on this machine and click on Next.

Prerequisites check is in progress.

Review the information, fix the problem and click on Next.

Orchestrator will automatically install and configure IIS role for the Orchestration Console, click on Next.

Configuration of the IIS role in progress.

All prerequisites are installed, click on Next.

Configure the service account that Orchestrator 2012 R2 will use.

Configuration the SQL instance for your installation.

Specify the DB Name.

Select which group (AD or local) will be have access to Orchestrator 2012 R2.

Specify the port used by the Web Console and Web Service.

Browse to the installation folder.

Select the most appropriate option for your environment.

Select the most appropriate option for your environment.

Review all the information and click in Install.

Installation of all the Orchestrator 2012 R2 features in progress.

Installation completed successfully.

Let’s start the Orchestrator 2012 R2 Runbook Designer for the first time

The deployment Manager

The Orchestrator Console



If you already installed Orchestrator 2012, you have noticed that the setup process of Orchestrator 2012 R2 is identical.
I will soon write a new post about what’s new in Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2.