Deploying the VMware vSphere Integration Pack for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator

The following sections provide important information about downloading and deploying the VMware vSphere integration pack for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator.

System Requirements

The Integration Pack for VMware vSphere requires the following software to be installed and configured prior to implementing the integration. For more information about installing and configuring Orchestrator and the VMware vSphere application, refer to the respective product documentation.

  • VMware vSphere 4.1 or 5.0

  • System Center 2012 integration packs require System Center 2012 - Orchestrator

  • System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) integration packs require Orchestrator in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Downloading the Integration Pack

You can download the integration pack from the Microsoft Download Center (

Registering and Deploying the Integration Pack

After you download the integration pack file, you must register it with the Orchestrator management server and then deploy it to a runbook server.

To register the integration pack

  1. Copy the VMware vSphere integration pack file to the management server. Confirm that the file is not set to Read Only. This can prevent unregistering the integration pack later.

  2. From the Start menu, right-click Deployment Manager, and then click Run as administrator.

  3. In the left pane of the Deployment Manager, expand Orchestrator Management Server, right-click Integration Packs, and then click Register IP with the Orchestrator Management Server. The Integration Pack Registration Wizard opens.

  4. Click Next.

  5. In the Integration Pack or Hotfix Selection dialog box, click Add.

  6. Locate and select the VMware vSphere file that you copied to the management server and click Open. Then click Next.

  7. In the Completing Integration Pack Registration Wizard dialog box, click Finish. The License Agreement dialog box appears.

  8. Click Accept. The Log Entries pane displays a confirmation message when the integration pack is successfully registered.

To deploy the integration pack

  1. In the left pane of Deployment Manager, right-click Integration Packs, and then click Deploy IP to Runbook Server or Runbook Designer.

  2. Select System Center Integration Pack for VMWare vSphere and then click Next.

  3. Enter the name of the computer where you want to deploy the integration pack, click Add, and then click Next.

  4. Select the Installation Configuration options that apply to this deployment, and then click Next.

  5. Click Finish. The Log Entries pane displays a confirmation message that the integration pack is successfully deployed.

Configuring the VMware vSphere connections

A connection establishes a reusable link between Orchestrator and a VMware vSphere server. You can create as many connections as you require to link to multiple servers running VMware vSphere. You can also create multiple connections to the same server to allow for differences in security permissions for different user accounts.

To set up a VMware vSphere connection

  1. In Runbook Designer, click Options, and then click VMware vSphere. The VMware vSphere dialog appears.

  2. On the Add Configurations tab, click Add to begin the connection setup. The Configuration dialog appears.

  3. In the Name box, enter a name for the connection. This can be a descriptive name to distinguish the type of connection.

  4. In the Type list box, select vSphere Settings.

  5. In the Properties box, in the Server line, enter the computer name or IP address of the VMware vSphere computer. For the server name, you can enter the NetBIOS name or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

  6. In the User and Password boxes, enter the Orchestrator credentials to connect to the VMware vSphere server.

  7. In the SSL box, enter True if a secure connection is required to the VMware vSphere server. Enter False if this is not required.

  8. In the Port box, enter the port number that the VMware vSphere server is listening on.

  9. In the Webservice Timeout box, enter an integer value for the number of seconds that the activities will wait for a response from the VMware vSphere server before an error is flagged.

  10. Click OK to close the Add Configuration dialog box.

  11. Add additional connections if applicable.

  12. Click Finish.