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Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook

Samuel Erskine, Andreas Baumgarten, Steve Beaumont (MVP)

Simplify the automation of system administration with this information-packed cookbook. By creating powerful runbooks you can gain total control, and our recipes show you how to use System Center Orchestrator to do just that.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849688505
Paperback318 pages

About This Book

  • Create powerful runbooks for the System Center 2012 product line
  • Master System Center 2012 Orchestrator by creating looping, child and branching runbooks
  • Learn how to install System Center Orchestrator and make it secure and fault tolerant

Who This Book Is For

"Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook" is for administrators who wish to simplify the process of automating system administration tasks. This book assumes that you have a basic knowledge of Windows Server 2008 Administration, Active Directory, Network Systems and Microsoft System Center technologies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Unpacking System Center 2012 Orchestrator
Planning the Orchestrator deployment
Installing a single-server deployment
Installing the Management Server in a multiserver deployment
Installing the Runbook Server in a multiserver deployment
Installing the Orchestration Console and the Web Service server in a multi server deployment
Installing the Runbook Designer in a multiserver deployment
Chapter 2: Initial Configuration and Making SCORCH Highly Available
Loading Integration Packs (IPs)
Configuring Integration Pack connections
Deploying Runbook Servers and Designers with Deployment Manager
Making your Runbooks highly available
Creating and maintaining a security model for Orchestrator
Chapter 3: Planning and Creating Runbook Designs
Preparing Runbook scenarios
Making Runbook scenarios automation ready
Documenting Runbook designs
Understanding the Orchestrator scenario building blocks
Runbook Designer standards and primer
Chapter 4: Creating Runbooks for Active Directory Tasks
Creating new users in Active Directory
Adding users to groups in Active Directory
Maintaining the organizational structure – moving accounts to new OUs
Disabling user accounts in Active Directory
Using SCORCH to remove obsolete user accounts
Chapter 5: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Tasks
Deploying software updates
Deploying software applications
Deploying client agents to workgroup devices
Gathering the client deployment status
Chapter 6: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Tasks
Checking the health status of a managed device
Remediating an alert
Bulk-enabling the maintenance mode
Chapter 7: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Tasks
Removing attached ISOs from Virtual Machines (VMs)
Remediating host compliance
Working with Virtual Machine snapshots (Create, Delete, and Revert)
Chapter 8: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Service Manager Tasks
Changing incident priority for affected services
Automating manual user creation service request fulfilment
Automating manual activities for change request tasks on infrastructure servers
Chapter 9: Using Advanced Techniques in Runbooks
Creating child Runbooks
Implementing error handling in your Runbooks
Implementing logging in your Runbooks
Creating looping Runbooks

What You Will Learn

  • Create runbooks for Active Directory tasks and IT Service Management processes
  • Design and create runbooks for System Center Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager
  • Setting up System Center Orchestrator, making it highly available
  • Create branching, looping and child runbooks to completely master System Center 2012 Orchestrator
  • Implement a security model for your System Center Orchestrator deployment and execution of Runbooks
  • Manage and automate your datacentre with powerful runbooks
  • Automate your System Center environment

In Detail

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 simplifies the process of automating systems administration tasks. Originally a third-party product named Opalis, which Microsoft acquired in 2009, Orchestrator provides a simplified way of building complex automation. System Center Orchestrator is a complete solution that goes beyond basic automation.

"Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook" will teach you how to plan, create and manage powerful runbooks to help you automate mission-critical and routine administration tasks.

In this practical Cookbook you will learn how to master System Center 2012 by creating runbooks to control and automate every feature possible. You will start by learning how to efficiently install and secure System Center Orchestrator.

You will then learn how to plan and create functional and fault-tolerant System Center runbooks to automate daily tasks and routine operations. Diving deep into runbooks, you will learn how to create powerful and practical runbooks for the entire System Center family of products.

Unleashing your inner control freak, you will then master System Center automation by creating IT Service Management process runbooks and advanced runbooks to help you control every feature imaginable of System Center. If you want to save time and energy automating mission critical tasks with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, then this book is for you!


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