System Center 2012 R2 VHDs Download

Besides downloading ISO files you can also try System Center 2012 R2 by directly downloading VHDs that offer installed Windows Server 2012 R2 and instructions on how to enable System Center 2012 R2. Here is the full download list:

Note: The download requires registration.

Note: Links are now working.

Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 5 Service Provider Foundation and Service Reporting)

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Next on the line is Service Provider Foundation which also part of Orchestrator.

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We have to install some prerequisites:

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We now have the option to generate self-signed certificate trough the installation:

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Usage endpoint now can be installed trough the installer:

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In SPF 2012 R2 there are a lot of more APIs for VMM.

There is another role in the Orchestrator installation media but I hadn’t resources to install it so I will just show you the first installation screens. This new role is Service Reporting which is like a Data Warehouse for hosting providers from which they can get data for billing Tenants. As far as I know it requires Windows Azure Pack to work but there might be a way to use it without it we just have to learn more about this role.

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Small improvements on the installation experience of SPF by adding Usage endpoint installation and generating self-signed certificate.

Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 4 Orchestrator and Service Management Automation)

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In Part 4 we will cover the installation experience of Orchestrator and Service Management Automation. SMA is a new role in Orchestrator that allows you to execute PowerShell workflows of all PowerShell modules. Certainly a role that we have to discover more.

Orchestrator:

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Runbook Designer I’ve already installed so that is why I cannot check it.

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Orchestrator will enable IIS role during the installation:

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I think that option with remote access was not present before but I might be wrong.

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Runbook Designer can be opened without issues:

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When I’ve opened the web console I’ve got an error:

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It seems the installed does not install ASP.NET 4.5 and you have to install it manually. After that the web console will be working:

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Let’s continue with Service Management Automation role which has three components. I will install them on the SCO01:

Web Service:

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We have to install some prerequisites:

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The installation experience looks like the one for Service Provider Foundation as both are web services:

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You can generate self-signed certificate without going to IIS console:

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Runbook Worker:

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These new roles in Orchestrator component all require Windows Server 2012 R2

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It seems additional configuration is needed after installation:

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PowerShell Module

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The installation of these modules goes very fast so I couldn’t capture it.

More exploration on Service Management Automation Role is needed in order to understand the architecture and the full capabilities.

System Center Orchestrator 2012 PowerShell Web Service Module

This community PowerShell module created by MVP Ryan Andorfer will give you the ability to interact with Orchestrator Web Service trough PowerShell. Here is full description from the author:

A set of PowerShell cmdlets for interacting with the System Center 2012 Orchestrator web service, complete with help documentation. Supports invoking runbooks with parameters and the parameters can have html characters! This PowerShell Library contains the following functions

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Get-SCOEvents
Start-SCORunbook
Stop-SCOJob
Get-SCOMonitorRunbook
Get-SCORunbookServer
Get-SCOSubfolders
New-SCOWebserverURL
Get-SCOJob
Get-SCORunbook

 

You can download the PowerShell module from TechNet Gallery.

Operations Manager Admin Integration Pack (v1)

There is a new integration pack for Orchestrator on the horizon. It is free and developed by Russ Slaten and Anders Bengtsson. The IP covers administration tasks for OpsMgr 2012. Read more about the IP here.