As part of further learning how System Center 2012 works with Azure, I spent some time recently working with the Azure Integration Pack and seeing how that works for Orchestrator. This blog posts goes through installing/deploying the IP, Connecting Orchestrator to Azure, Validating that the connection works correctly, and what actions are available in the Integration Pack.
Installing and deploying the Integration Pack:
The Azure Integration Pack is available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721956.aspx.
The first step is to download and install the Integration Pack. Add the integration pack to Orchestrator through the Deployment Manager as shown below:
The next step is to deploy the Integration Pack (IP) to the server.
Next in the runbook designer configure the Windows Azure settings as shown below:
Connecting Orchestrator to Azure:
To connect to Azure from Orchestrator we need the following:
- Azure subscription #
- PFX certificate file
- Password for the PFX file
The subscription information is available as part of your Azure subscription, the PFX and password are the same ones used by Operations Manager to monitor Azure applications.
How to find out if you are connecting to Azure from Orchestrator correctly?
Once we have added the Azure configuration to Orchestrator we can add activities from the Azure IP as shown below to the Runbook Designer:
In this case I used the Azure Certificates action and chose the activity to List Management Certificate as shown below.
To validate the connection to Azure I used the Runbook Tester to test the Azure Certificate configuration I had shown above. Running this test indicated a failure as shown below.
After successfully configuring the Azure information in Orchestrator, the Runbook Tester showed that the runbook executed successfully (meaning that the configuration to connect to Azure was correct).
Activities included in the Integration Pack:
Once this is connected correctly there are whole lot of activities which can be done with Azure. Per (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721977.aspx) the list of activities include: