Clean Up Active Directory and CM 2012 with Orchestrator

This article is in a continuing series about using Orchestrator to automate tasks in CM 2012. See the Windows Management Experts Blog for more articles. Keeping your AD and CM 2012 environment clean of old objects is key to making sure that you can get accurate and relevant information for your environment. Actually keeping these old and unused objects out...

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Orchestrator – Delete Collection Rule activity

While writing my last article I discovered a little issue with one of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager activities you’ll get by importing the Integration Pack for Orchestrator. Adding that activity and editing it will make it look like this: If you plan to delete a Direct Membership Rule and now think “nice, it’s already preconfigured to do so”… nope, it’s not. Testing that runbook will give you this result: Direct is not a valid Rule Type Aha… Checking the “Membership Rule Type” selection we see what we actually need to put in there. Thought I’d share, because it took me two failures to actually properly read the error … Continue reading

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New Orchestrator Integration Packs and Runbook Content

Continuing our release of Integration Packs and Runbook Content to extend and enhance the System Center 2012 Orchestrator product Kelverion have released new Integration Packs for Atlassian, Cisco and Microsoft Products. We now have 21 Integration Packs and Utilities to extend and enhance the use of Orchestrator  and offer integration and automation of products from Amazon, BMC, CA, Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle...

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FREE Orchestrator IP for Microsoft System Center 2012

How often have you gone to build an automated System Center 2012 process and discovered that the Orchestrator IP for the System Center 2012 product you want to automate is missing the critical Activity you want to automate? If you are like us, practically every day. Microsoft’s Integration Packs for their System Center 2012 toolset, lack certain capabilities that many...

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Monitor SSL Certificates using Orchestrator

One of the worse things that can happen is your website goes down because of an expired SSL certificate. This is one of the easiest things to fix, and a problem that will make you bang your head against your desk when you forget. This blog post will detail a simple Orchestrator runbook to monitor the expiration date of your...

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Monitoring with Orchestrator

This article will detail how to turn Orchestrator into a “poor man’s” Operations Manager by showing some of the monitoring activities available. Background This method is intended for those that do not already have a monitoring solution in place. This method involves creating a separate runbook for each item that you want to monitor. This is required because the monitoring...

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Webinar: Best Practices for Building Orchestrator Runbooks

Put on by Kelverion (the original developers of Orchestrator), this webinar looks hugely valuable to attend. Mark Ball, Director of Technical Services, will demonstrate how to develop Orchestrator runbooks that are powerful yet simple, reusable, re-runnable, easy to maintain, and easy to update; all of this in one-third the normal development time. Title: Best Practices for Building Orchestrator Runbooks –...

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Video: Orchestrator: Integration Packs

In this module you will learn about System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator’s extensibility to create custom Integration Packs.  Integration Packs are a collection of actions (Activities) that can be used in a graphical workflow within a Runbook.  You will be able to describe the functionality of the SCO Quick Integration Kit (QIK) and review the set of tools used to...

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Tool cool: Orchestrator mobile for Windows Phone

Jure Purgar has developed and released a mobile client for Windows Phone that allows you to to the following with System Center Orchestrator 2012: View runbooks, jobs, runbook instances, data of activity instances, etc. View orchestrator events Start and stop runbooks Ability to manage multiple orchestrator systems Live tile updates with new events count There are some configuration settings that...

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Orchestrator 2012 web service reference

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been involved in the SCCM 2007/2012 realm and automation in general.  One of the other products within the System Center family is System Center Orchestrator 2012, which helps with automation.   One of the things that interests me is System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Web Service reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh921667.aspx I’m trying to learn more in-depth,...

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