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Exchange Admin Integration Pack for Orchestrator in System Center 2012 SP1

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

Integration packs are add-ons for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, a component of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Integration packs help to optimize IT operations across heterogeneous environments. They enable you to design runbooks in Orchestrator that use activities performed by other System Center components, other Microsoft products, and other third party products.

The Integration Pack for Exchange Admin helps to facilitate the automation of Exchange administration tasks, such as mailbox management, for on-premise, remote, or cloud-based environments in Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.

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System requirements

Before you implement the Integration Pack for Exchange Admin, the following listed software must be installed. For more information about installing and configuring Orchestrator and the Exchange Admin Integration Pack, refer to the respective product documentation.

  • System Center 2012 - Orchestrator or Orchestrator in System Center 2012 SP1

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Exchange 2012 or Microsoft Exchange Online/Office 365

  • Microsoft Exchange Management Shell

  • Microsoft PowerShell 2.0

  • Microsoft WinRM 2.0

Downloading the Integration Pack

To download the Exchange Admin Integration Pack, see the Download Center site.

Register and Deploy the Integration Pack

After you download the integration pack file, you must register it with the Orchestrator management server and then deploy it to runbook servers and Runbook Designers. For the procedures on installing integration packs, see How to install an Integration Pack.

Configure the Exchange Admin Integration Pack connections

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

To set up an Exchange Configuration connection

  1. In the Orchestrator Runbook Designer, click Options, and then click Exchange Admin. The Exchange Admin dialog box appears.

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

  3. In the Name box, enter a name for the connection. This can be the name of the Exchange server or a descriptive name to differentiate the type of connection.

  4. Click the (…) button and select Exchange Configuration.

  5. In the Exchange Server Host box, type the name or IP address of the Exchange server. To use a computer name, you can type the NetBIOS name or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

  6. In the Exchange Server Port box, enter the port that is used to communicate with the Exchange server. If you use SSL, be sure to select the appropriate port.

  7. In the Exchange PowerShell Application box, enter the application name segment of the connection URI.

  8. In the Exchange User Name and Exchange User Password boxes, type the credentials that Orchestrator will use to log on to the Exchange environment. The configured user must have the appropriate Exchange permissions.

  9. Configure the Exchange Environment as necessary for connecting to an On-Premise installation or to Office.

  10. Set the Use SSL property to True to have all communication between the runbook server and the Exchange server encrypted over HTTPS.

  11. If you use SSL, the Skip CA Check property specifies whether the client does not validate that the server certificate is signed by a trusted certification authority (CA).

  12. If you use SSL, the Skip CN Check property specifies that the certificate common name (CN) of the server does not need to match the hostname of the server.

  13. If you use SSL, the Skip Revocation Check property specifies whether the revocation status of the server certificate will not be checked for validity.

  14. Click OK.

  15. Add additional connections if applicable.

  16. Click Finish.

Configure Windows PowerShell and WinRM for the Exchange Admin Integration Pack

To configure 32-bit PowerShell to run scripts

  1. On the computer where Orchestrator runbooks are executed, make sure that 32-bit PowerShell scripts can be run:

    1. Start Windows PowerShell (x86) command line.

    2. To determine whether PowerShell 32-bit scripts can be executed, run the following command:

    3. If Execution Policy is Restricted, you must change it to RemoteSigned. Run the following command:

      Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

To configure remote PowerShell rights for the Exchange user

  1. The configured user must be granted remote PowerShell rights on the Exchange server:

    1. On the Exchange server, start the Exchange Management Shell.

    2. To determine whether the user has remote PowerShell rights, run the following command and check the value in the RemotePowerShellEnabled field:

      Get-User <UserName> 
    3. To grant the user remote PowerShell rights, run the following command:

      Set-User <UserName> -RemotePowerShellEnabled $true

To configure Windows PowerShell to allow Basic Authentication on the Exchange server

  1. On the Exchange server, make sure that PowerShell Basic Authentication is enabled:

  2. Start Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  3. Navigate to the PowerShell site.

  4. Open the Authentication settings.

  5. Make sure Basic Authentication is enabled.

To configure WinRM for HTTP unencrypted communication

  1. On the machine where Orchestrator runbooks are executed, configure WinRM trusted hosts and to allow unencrypted traffic:

    1. Open the Local Group Policy user interface: Windows Start Button > Run > gpedit.msc.

    2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Remote Management (WinRM) > WinRM Client.

    3. Make sure that Allow unencrypted traffic is Enabled.

    4. Add the targeted computer that runs Exchange Server to the Trusted Hosts list.

  2. On the Exchange server, make sure that PowerShell does not require SSL:

    1. Start Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

    2. Navigate to the PowerShell site.

    3. Open SSL Settings.

    4. Make sure that the Require SSL check box is not selected.

For more information about configuring Windows PowerShell and WinRM, see Install and Configure Windows PowerShell.

See Also

Other Resources

Using Runbooks in System Center 2012 - Orchestrator