In the last post (“System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator: Sample Runbook Creation“), we completed the first step in implementing a sample solution by designing and testing a simple runbook to create a user account and automatically adding this account to a group in AD for us. Today we will address the second part of the objective, in System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator, which is to publish the runbook so that it is available to be used by our HR team, thus eliminating the requirement for IT to be involved in the setup of new accounts, and taking advantage of automation.
As we do not yet have a System Center Service Manager deployment in place, we will utilize the free End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO), which we previously covered (“System Center 2012 SP1 – Orchestrator: EUPSCO Installation“). So, get EUPSCO installed and let’s get started. (The download link can be found in the EUPSCO link above.) Launch your browser and connect to your EUPSCO site as an Administrator.
That was painless!
Now, from the home page of the EUPSCO portal or the left-hand menu, select Start a request. The portal will then update with three steps to complete the exercise.
Assuming no additional issues, you should see a green box floating in the left pane for a few moments stating that it is now starting the runbook. After a few moments the portal will return you back to the home page.
Congratulation, you have now called your runbook from the portal, and – assuming no errors – automated the process of creating user accounts.
To verify that everything has indeed worked as planned, you can of course check the OU in AD for the new account, and that the account is indeed a member of the designated group. But we can also check some information from the portal. Here’s how.
Select the option My Requests from the home page, or left-hand menu area.
Well, that’s all there is to it, now you should go ahead and start to customise your runbook further and add lots more automation options. I am looking forward to seeing your comments!