Archive for June, 2011

Operations Manager 2007 R2 on SQL 2008 R2

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The official documentation for setting this up is to be found on technet

However, Vivia Xing has found a couple of other very useful articles to assist in implementing this configuration:


System Center Orchestrator 2012 : Installation step by step

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I was going to run through a step by step install but noticed that Christopher Keyaert, a regular poster on the Operations Manager forums, has already completed an excellent walk through here.

Christopher creates the Orchestrator database and manually assigns the Orchestrator service account db_owner rights part way through the install which gets around the issue mentioned in my post below.

Categories: SCorch 2012

System Center Orchestrator 2012 install error

June 18, 2011 2 comments

If you create the Orchestrator service account as a local windows administrator with log on as a service rights then you might well see the following error at the end of the install:

“Post-install configuration failed: : Threw Exception.Type: System.ServiceProcess.TimeoutException, Exception Error Code: 0x80131906, Exception.Message: Time out has expired and the operation has not been completed.”

If you check in the SQL Server error log you’ll see “login failed” errors for the Orchestrator service account.

This is because the install doesn’t assign any SQL rights to the Orchestrator service account. The database gets created by the user that is logged in and doing the install who will need SQL SysAdmin rights. But the Orchestrator service account still needs rights on SQL to function.

No definitive list of rights is provided yet but after the install (when the Orchestrator database has been created), I created a login to SQL for the Orchestrator service account and made it a db_owner on the Orchestrator database. Then I rebooted the box. This resolved the error and it all seems to work again.

Categories: SCorch 2012

System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta released

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Move over Opalis – there is new kid on the block. System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta is now available with some great training videos and documentation.

All the details on the Orchestrator 2012 blog.

Scheduled Maintenance Mode – scalability considerations

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Suggested Support numbers are as follows:

  • Up to 20 jobs per management group
  • Up to 10 items (computer, group, other class) in a job. If you would like to schedule 1000 agents you should place them in a group.

There does seem to be an issue with trying to modify jobs that have more than 6 objects – I have found (and others have been able to replicate) that when you try and modify the job details, an error is thrown and the schedule is blank (and can’t be re-added). A fix is in the pipeline so stay tuned if you are affected by this.

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Admin ResKit Released!

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit has just been released and comprises:

  • Scheduled Maintenance Mode
  • MOM Clean
  • MP Event Analyser

See all the details on the Operations Manager team blog

Now enrolling for the Operations Manager 2012 CEP

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

If you want to get more involved in learning about Operations Manager 2012 and helping to shape the road map then sign up for the OpsMgr 2012 Community Evaluation Program (CEP).