The System Center 2012 Orchestrator, (SCOrch) Release Candidate was made available to me at the end of last week and being a private cloud guy I had to get SCOrch installed in my home lab. The SCOrch RC setup is much improved over the public beta and it installed on my Windows 2008 R2 server without an issue. We will be installing a single SCOrch server using a remote SQL 2008 R2 instance.There are a few prerequisites that are necessary:

  • A SCOrch Service Management Account
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • .NET Framework 4
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1
  • A SCOrch user group,(optional as the setup will create this group with a default name for you)

The biggest improvement in installing SCOrch is that if you are missing a required server role or .NET service pack the SCOrch setup will inform you that a prerequisite is missing, and will point you to a download location or enable the missing role. I have included a few screenshots of this in the installation portion of this post.

SCOrch Management Service Account

The SCOrch Management Service Account is used by the Management Server Service and Action Server Service on each machine to access system resources. The Orchestrator Management Service is responsible for maintaining the Orchestrator database, communicating with the Runbook Designers, and communicating with the Deployment Manager.
The SCOrch Management Service Account should be a member of the Administrators group on the computer where the Management Server Service and Action Server Service are installed.

The service account for the Management server service must have the following permissions:

  • Permission to logon to the Management server as a service
  • Member of the Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Admins role in the Orchestrator database

Before Running SCOrch Setup

  1. Create SCOrch Management Server Service account
  2. Add the SCOrch Management Server Service account to the local security policy of the SCOrch Management Server granting Log on as a Service rights
  3. Add the SCOrch Management Server Service account to the local administrators group on the SCOrch server
  4. If you want a specific name for the Orchestrator Users group create this in Active Directory before installing SCOrch

Installing System Center 2012 Orchestrator

  1. Double click setuporchestrator.exe to launch the installation

  1. The SCOrch Setup Window appears > Click Install. The TechNet installation instructions details and prerequisites are available by clicking the "Before you begin link".

  1. .NET framework 3.5 SP 1 is a requirement > Click Yes to install

  1. The Product Registration dialog appears > Enter the necessary information > Click Next

  1. Accept the license terms > Click Next

  1. We are installing a single SCOrch server and enabling all of the server features > Click Next

  1. SCOrch performing prerequisite checks

  1. The SCOrch installer found a missing prerequisite for the SCOrch console and web service and provides a link to the missing .NET framework. Download and install .NET framework 4 > Click Verify Prerequisites Again

  1. The SCOrch installer also can enable the missing IIS role > Click Next

  1. The SCOrch installer will install the IIS role prerequisite > Click Next

  1. All missing prerequisites have been installed via the SCOrch installer > Click Next

  1. Enter the credentials for the SCOrch service account > Click Test to validate > When accepted Click Next

  1. Enter the credentials for the SQL server name> Use Windows Authentication > Click Test Database Connection > When successful Click Next

  1. On the Configure the database dialog accept the defaults > Click Next

  1. On the Configure Orchestrator users group page browse to the group in Active Directory or accept the default user group > Click Next

  1. On the Configure the ports for the web services page > Click Next

  1. To install SCOrch > Click Next

  1. On the Microsoft Update installation page > Select On > Click Next

  1. On the Help improve Microsoft System Center Orchestrator page it is your choice to participate > Click Next


  1. On the Installation summary page review the SCOrch features that will install and the SQL server that will be used for the Orchestrator database > Click Install


  1. SCOrch installation


  1. SCOrch Setup Complete

  1. System Center 2012 Orchestrator Runbook Designer. This is where we create our Workflows

  1. System Center 2012 Deployment Manager. This is where we deploy the SCOrch Integration packs


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