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System Center 2012 RTM is available

12:33 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Yesterday, during the  Microsoft Management Summit keynote, Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012 RTM. You could download for free, the evaluation version via the following link : http://aka.ms/PvtCld

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.
    User’s Guide >>
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private cloud, and public clouds.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
    System Requirements >>

Christopher KEYAERT

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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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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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System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate has been published

4:49 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Guys,

Microsoft just published the Release Candidate of System Center Orchestrator 2012. You could download it at the following address : http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27842

What’s new ?

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate

As part of the release candidate Microsoft has delivered the following features:

  • Install Experience
    • Improved prerequisite checks
    • Implementation of Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), error reporting and interface with Microsoft Update
    • Allow user to log on as a service and select different service accounts for each service
    • Design Improvements( Error handling, port # for DB, increased logging, enabling log on as a service automatically)
    • UI Consistency between other System Center components
    • Time bomb(easy conversion from EVAL to licensed SKU)
  • Security improvements
    • Encryption of DB connection
    • Encryption/decryption of passwords
  • Globalization
    • Unicode capable
    • Convert SSH to Unicode
  • Web service
    • Versioning
  • Orchestration Console
    • Browse events
    • View events
    • UI Updates
  • Bug fixes across all product features

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Integration Toolkit

  • Rebranding, security enhancements, new generic activity icons
  • Wizards can upgrade 6.3 activities and IPs to be compatible with Orchestrator
  • Fixes issues with upgrading IPs multiple times
  • Fixes issues with DLL / dependent file conflicts among different IPs

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate Integration Packs

  • System Center 2007 Operations Manager
  • System Center 2010 Service Manager
  • System Center 2008 Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center 2010 Data Protection Manager
  • System Center 2007 Configuration Manager

Stay stunned for a future complete review of this new release Smile 

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Resources :
Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC is available as public RC at the Microsoft Download Center : http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27842

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Team Blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/scorch/

TechNet Forums for System Center Orchestrator : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/systemcenterorchestrator

Cheers
Christopher KEYAERT
http://twitter.com/keyaertc

System Center Orchestrator 2012 : notes from the field – Sessions Online

6:59 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Guys,

Last week, with my friend Kurt Van Hoecke (SCSM Expert), we delivered two sessions at Microsoft Belgium on System Center Orchestrator 2012. These sessions have been recorded and are now available online on Technet.

System Center Orchestrator 2012: An Overview by Kurt Van Hoecke.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/video/system-center-orchestrator-2012-an-overview

System Center Orchestrator 2012: Migration Plan by Christopher Keyaert.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/video/system-center-orchestrator-2012-migration-plan

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Resources :
Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta is available as public beta at the Microsoft Download Center : http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26503

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Team Blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/scorch/

TechNet Forums for System Center Cross Platform and Interoperability :http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/scinterop

Cheers
Christopher KEYAERT
http://twitter.com/keyaertc

TechNet Virtual Labs: System Center Opalis

6:37 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Step into the System Center Virtual Labs for Free

It’s simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out System Center running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks any time.

Cheers
Christopher KEYAERT
http://twitter.com/keyaertc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

7:35 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hello Microsoft Community,

I’m proud to tell you that I just received a Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award for my contribution to the Microsoft Online Community through Technet Forums, vNext.be and Scug.be Smile 

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Thank you !

Cheers
Christopher KEYAERT
http://twitter.com/keyaertc