Step by step guide installation of System Center Orchestrator 2012

Hi guys,

Microsoft announced yesterday the public beta download of the new version of Opalis, System Center Orchestrator 2012.

I downloaded it today and created a step by step guide for installing this beta. You can download the document here or check the steps down below.


Before you start installing SCOrch 2012 please to read the Pre-requisites.

After reading the pre-requisites also run through the Release Notes.

These articles have very useful information like “Even if you are in a lab environment, don’t try to install System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta on a Domain Controller”. It will not pass the requirement check.

If you are familiar with Opalis 6.3 you’ll see that Microsoft did an awesome work on the installation process.

My hard- & software:

I’ve installed this Beta on a virtual machine (in Hyper-V) with the following specs:

Step-by-Step installation:

Pre-Installation configuration:

Before you can install System Center Orchestrator 2012 you need to prepare some things.

Here are the steps you need to take to configure everything so that the installation runs smoothly.

  • Configure a Service Account user
  • Install and configure SQL 2008 R2 Database
  • Management group

Service Account

Step 1. Go to your Active Directory console, create a new account, and add it in the Local Administrator Group of the Orchestrator server.


Step 2. You also have to authorize this account to “Log on as a service”. Enable this right in Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment.

Step 3. Open “Log on as a service” policy and enter the service account that you just created.

Database configuration

Step 1. Database connection, Go to your SQL server, open the management studio, and create manually the Orchestrator database.

Step 2. Add your service account as Credentials for the SQL server.

Step 3. Grant this account as db_owner of the Orchestrator DB.

Management group

Step 1. Within Orchestrator you need to use a group (local group or Active Group) for authorizing access to the Run Book Designer. Go to your Active Directory console, create a new security group, add your user account and the service account created above as group member.

Install Orchestrator:

Step 1. Download the System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta file at the Microsoft Download Center.
Step 2. Extract the content of the file.
Step 3. Run the setupsco.exe file.

Step 4. If you want to install all the features (Runbook Designer, Console/Web Service, Runbook server) on the same server, select Install Orchestrator. The installer also gives the possibility to install each features independently.

Step 5. No product key required for the beta, just accept the license agreement.

Step 6. Select all the features that you want to install. Select everything for this first install.

Step 7. By expanding, you have information about each features and their prerequisites

Step 8. The installer has a prerequisites checker

Step 9. There are two levels in the prerequisites, Critical will block the installation process, warning could be pass.

Step 10. Orchestrator requires a service account to run runbooks and access remote system resources.

Step 11. Select the Service Account user which you have created earlier.

Step 12. On the configure the Database page, select Existing database and chose the database that you just created.

Step 13. Select the group just created and Check the box Grant remote access for the Runbook Designer.

Step 14. Configure the port for the web service and Orchestrator Console.

Step 15. Select the installation folder.

Step 16. Review the summary, note that you could change any parameter directly from there.

Step 17. Installation in progress…

Step 18. After a few minutes, the installation is finished.

Step 19. You could now enjoy the new Runbook designer.

Step 20. And also the new Web Console based on IIS, .Net and Silverlight.

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