Larry Rayl Archive

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 4 – Adding Alerts to Operations Manager for a VM based on a Template in VMM

At this point, we have used Orchestrator to create a new computer account in a specific OU in Active Directory. We then used Orchestrator to create the computer based on a template in VMM. We are now going to generate alerts in System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager as a new Computer (Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview is built) is built using Orchestrator.   If you missed Part 1, 2 or 3; here are the links to the posts:   Part 1 – Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 1 – Setting up the Integration Packs http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/lrayl/archive/2013/06/21/orchestrator-system-center-integrations-part-1-setting-up-the-integration-packs.aspx   Part 2 –

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 3 – Creating a VM based on a Template in VMM

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 3 – Creating a VM based on a Template in VMM In Part 1 of my Orchestrator System Center Integrations blog, we setup the configuration for the Orchestrator Integration Packs for AD, Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. In Part 2, we started using Orchestrator by creating a simple Runbook that created a computer account in a specific OU in AD. In Part 3, we are going to create a Template in VMM and using Orchestrator and deploy the template for the computer account we created in Part 2 to a VMM Cloud.

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 2 – Creating a computer account in an OU

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 2 – Creating a computer account in an OU   In part 1 of this Orchestrator System Center Integrations blog, we setup the configuration for the Orchestrator Integration Packs for AD, Configuration Manager, Operation Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. Now, let’s create a simple Runbook to Create a computer account in a specific OU.   Incase you missed it, here is the link for Part 1 http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/lrayl/archive/2013/06/21/orchestrator-system-center-integrations-part-1-setting-up-the-integration-packs.aspx     All the way at the bottom of Activities you will see Runbook Control, clicking on Runbook Control, you will see Initialize Data. This is basically your

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 1 – Setting up the Integration Packs

Orchestrator System Center Integrations Part 1 – Setting up the Integration Packs One of the common things we see as consultants is that organizations implement one System Center product because that is what they know use daily. However, if your company purchased System Center 2012, you own System Center Orchestrator; but are you using it? System Center Orchestrator is a complete IT automation solution for your Datacenters. In Part 1 of this Blog on Orchestrator, I am going to go over the setting up the Integrations between Active Directory, Operations Manager, Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. In Part 2

Configuring the System Center 2012 SP1 VMM SQL Analysis Services Integration with Operations Manager 2012 SP1

I was in the process of configuring the OpsMgr / VMM integration and needed to turn on the SQL Analysis Services component for the integration. The Setup for the Operations Manager Integration is pretty simple, the challenge is getting SQL Analysis Services working properly. One of the designs typically used for an Operations Manager installations is to have all the OpsMgr components i.e. the RMSe Management Server, Reporting Server, and Web Server for Operations Manager and all of the Consoles are reporting to one server with SQL SRS on the Management Server but have the SRS databases on the Database

Using Windows Update to update System Center SP1 Operation Manager to UR2 running on Windows 2012

I was recently working with Cameron Fuller (http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/) and we decided to give Windows Update a try to get new a new OpsMgr Installation updated to the currently release before we started pushing OpsMgr Agents. Here is how we did it… First off, this process for new installations of Operations Manager 2012 SP1 on Windows 2012 and you have not deployed any OpsMgr Clients yet. If you are in a fully managed environment using ConfigMgr or WSUS for updates, same principles apply except for the the first part of the blog about enabling Windows Update to check for other products.

How to correct the incorrect file names for the System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager OperationsManagerDW when installing on Windows 2012 with SQL 2012 SP1 also on Windows 2012

After the installation of Operations Manager 2012 SP1 on a SQL 2012 SP1 Database Server, with both the Database Server and the Operations Manager Server running on Windows 2012; the Operations Manager Data Warehouse DB files are now getting named DATA.mdf and DATA.ldf. Cameron Fuller and JC Cowen has a similar experience where they found the name of the OperationManagerDW.mdf and OperationsManagerDW.ldf files were missing the name a file name, only the file name extension was available. This is another condition you may run into. I am also adding in how to create a Maintenance Plan to backup the databases.

Tips and Tricks for SC 2012 SP1 VMM – Fix for the Upper and Lower Case host listings

Hello again to all my fans around the world! Here is a quick and easy fix for your VMM 2012 installs that show upper and lower case hosts. I get this question all the time and though I would dig into it a little bit. At first I though it was a DNS thing that was going on but never did get a handle on it going that route. Still not sure if its in the DB design or what but here is a sql script you can run that will correct all of those VMM installs out there; This

Setting up and using the new System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer

The System Center (SC) 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer was recently released on February 22, 2012. The new Configuration Analyzer is a diagnostics tool to evaluate configuration settings for computers running any of the System Center 2012 SP1 components. This tool replaces the previous release of the Configuration Analyzer that required separate Best Practice Analyzers for each of the System Center components. To use the Configuration Analyzer, you will need the following: Operating System supported by System Center 2012 SP1 (Windows 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 2012) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj628205.aspx Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA) 2.1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16475 (Not sure why the title says 2.0,

SCOM VMM Integration – How to correct the not monitored diagram and distributed application view

Over the past week, I got some time to work with Maarten Goet, President of OpsLogix (www.opslogix.com). Maarten is a SCOM MVP out of the Netherlands and we took a look at the issue with the VMM SCOM 2012 diagram view. We came up with a workaround so that the top level objects are displayed in the Diagram View as well as showing the Distributed Application for Virtual Machine Manager as monitored objects rather than showing as not monitored. Basically, after you integrate VMM and OpsMgr 2012, you have to drill into the diagram for anything to display. From what I have seen