Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook

Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook


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Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook by Samuel Erskine, Andreas Baumgarten, Steven Beaumont

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.

In Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook you will learn 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849688505
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Publication date: 08/04/2013
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Samuel Erskine (MCT) has over 15 years' experience in a wide range of technologies and industries (public and private) including working for fortune 500 organizations. In 2009 he founded a consultancy practice organization in the United Kingdom focused on implementing Microsoft System Center systems management and IT Service Management products. He merged the United Kingdom organization with Syliance IT Services in 2012 and became the third member of the Syliance global management team. He is a Computer Engineering graduate and holds various technology vendor/industry certifications. He is an active participant in the System Center community with a blog at

Andreas Baumgarten (MVP), IT Architect with the German IT service provider H&D International Group, has worked as an IT pro for more than 20 years. He has always been interested in Microsoft technologies and he can also look back on 14 years of experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Since 2008, he has been responsible for the field of System Center technology consulting and ever since he has taken part in SCSM 2010 and 2012 and System Center Orchestrator 2012 Technology Adoption Program with H&D. With his deep inside technology know-how and his broad experience across the System Center product family and IT management, he now designs and develops private cloud solutions for customers all over Germany. In October 2012, he was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management.

Steve Beaumont has been working in IT since 1998, working his way through the ranks starting with low-end system building and support through to managing a team of enterprise class support specialists. Steve currently provides consultancy and designs for System Center 2012 and Private Cloud solutions. With the release of Service Manager 2010, he ventured into the dark side of customization and released some solutions to the community via the TechNet Gallery, helping to show how to extend the usage of the product. He also runs his own blog ( covering the full range of System Center components and areas related to desktop design, deployment, and optimization.

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