Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 SP1 is a fantastic tool for automating many tasks within your datacenter. I’ll be posting guides as and when I figure them out for myself!
In order to integrate it with Active Directory, you need to first download and install the integration packs to your runbook server. There is a guide to this here. You should note that if you already have System Center 2012 integration packs installed, you will need to un-deploy them and delete them from the runbook server before you can install the SP1 integration packs.
After you have deployed the integration packs, you will need to open runbook designer and go to Options > Active Directory. Click add on the box that comes up, and you will be presented with the following box:
The settings should be entered in the following format:
Username: domain\username – This user must be one with domain administrator rights.
Password: This is the password for the account used in the above step.
Configuration Domain Controller Name (FQDN): domaincontroller.domainsuffix.com – This should ideally be your primary domain controller as this will reduce the amount of time needed for Orchestrator steps to replicate.
Configuration Default Parent Container: This is the distinguished name of your user container, and should be in the format “OU=Users,DC=int,DC=domain,DC=local”.
You will need to add an Active Directory instance for every domain in your forest.
Click OK and you are ready to automate Active Directory tasks. The next post will cover SCCM.