System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Using Web Service in .NET – Part 1 – Creating a SharePoint 2010 Web part

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This article is the first of my articles about using the Scorch 2012 Beta web service in .NET.

In this case I will show how a SharePoint 2010 Web Part that shows an overview of the works books.

This project is meant to be as simple as possible, making it easy to use as a starting point.

Later I will focus on other aspects of using the web service in .NET, please don’t hesitate to send suggestions.

This project will produce this result:


A non-formatted list of the Runbooks in the database.

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Web service is a WCF Web Service. You can read more about WCF Services here:

Creating the Web Part

1. Creating SharePoint Project

  • Start Visual Studio 2010
  • Expand “Visual C#”. “SharePoint” and “2010”
  • Select “Visual Web Part”


  • Type in the SharePoint URL in the wizard.
  • Now you have and empty Visual Web part project ready.

2. Generating Custom Class from the web service

To be able to use the web service in .net, you will have to create a class file, containing the format and content of what the web service has to offer.

This is done by using a console application in .NET framework 3.5 called “DataSvcUtil”

  • Open a commandprompt
  • Run this command. The command creates a .CS file in the format of the web service.

“%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\DataSvcUtil.exe” /dataservicecollection /version:2.0 /language:CSharp /out:ScorchEntities.cs /uri:http://ctscorch.coretech.intra:81/Orchestrator.svc


  • Copy or move the file to the project folder


  • Add the file to the project (remember to enable “show all files” )


3. Adding controls

  • Open “VisualWebPart1UserControl.ascx” in the designer
  • Open toolbox and drag a “GridView” from the “Data” category to the designer


4. Adding references and custom code

  • Right click “References” in solution Explorer and click “Add Reference..”


  • Add “System.ServiceModel” from the .NET Tab. Click OK.


  • Repeat the procedure, adding the “System.Data.Services.Client” component.


  • Repeat the procedure, adding the “WindowsBase” component.


  • Now you are ready to write the code!
  • Right click the designer and click “View Code”


  • Add the following code to the “Page_Load” method in the code file for “VisualWebPart1UserControl.ascx

First line creates the Orchestrator Web Service Object, this object will by default connect as anonymous.

this is not allowed by default on the web service. Therefore we add the Default Credentials, this will make the part connect to the service as the current user that is logged on to SharePoint. This could be changed to another user / service user, if needed.

Then we get all the Runbooks from the Scorch Object. Experiment with and explore this object, to make it show other data than a runbook overview.

5. Editing Web Part Info Details for SharePoint

  • Double click “VisualWebPart1.webpart” file in solution explorer


  • Edit the “Title” and “Description” parts of the XML File.


  • That’s all !

6. Testing and Inserting the web part

  • Press F5 to start the solution in debugging mode.
  • First time it will ask you for your SharePoint URL.
  • Click “Site Actions” and “Edit Page”


  • Click “Insert” in the “Editing Tools” part of the ribbon
  • Click “Web Part”


  • Select the “custom” category and your web part should appear here


  • Select the web part and click “Add”
  • Now, your web part should be shown in the page.


By | 2011-08-09T12:00:00+00:00 August 9th, 2011|Automation|3 Comments

About the Author:

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Twitter: @JakobGSvendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (, Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

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  1. Dave Marcus November 2, 2011 at 15:21 - Reply

    Hi, thanks for this article. Where can we find details of the available methods and properties of the web service. eg. If we want to start a runbook, how do we do this. Also, if we want to check a running instance of a runbook to see its status, how do we do that?


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