New Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook Now Available

Yesterday the new “Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook” was published and is available at, and Packt Publishing website.  The authors are Sam Erskine (future MVP?), Steve Beaumont (future MVP?) and Andreas Baumgarten (MVP).

The book is available at, and Pack Publishing:


What this book covers:

  • Chapter 1, Unpacking System Center 2012 Orchestrator, provides the steps required to install
    and configure Orchestrator. This chapter contains recipes on the two installation scenario types
    for Orchestrator; single server and multi-server deployments. The objective is to provide the reader
    with the steps required for installation of Orchestratorin either scenario.
  • Chapter 2, Initial Configuration and Making Orchestrator Highly Available, covers the initial
    configuration tasks a Orchestrator administrator would need to perform after successfully
    installing the product. The chapter also delves into how Orchestrator can be made highly available
    and the implementation of an example of configuring a security delegation model for Orchestrator.
  • Chapter 3, Planning and Creating Runbook Designs, delves into the workflows (Runbooks)
    planning and designing process for Orchestrator. The planning and designing of Runbooks is a
    prerequisite for successful value add automation using Orchestrator. This chapter also provides a
    brief primer to the Orchestrator.
  • Chapter 4, Creating Runbooks for Active Directory Tasks, helps Orchestrator Administrators to
    create Runbooks to automate typical manual tasks performed in Active Directory. The recipes
    in this chapter are focused on the life cycle of user accounts in typical organizations.
  • Chapter 5, Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Tasks, focuses
    on automating the manual parts of scenarios addressed with System Center Configuration
    Manager. The specific scenarios include; deploying software updates, deploying applications,
    deploying agents to workgroup devices, and gathering client deployment status.
  • Chapter 6, Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Tasks, focuses
    on automating real world scenarios addressed with System Center Operations Manager
    Integration Pack.
  • Chapter 7, Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Tasks,
    focuses on automating real world scenarios addressed with System Center Virtual Machine
    Manager Integration Pack. The specific scenarios include; removing attached ISO images from
    virtual machines, automating the remediation of host compliance and working with virtual
    machine snapshots.
  • Chapter 8, Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Service Manager Tasks, explains the
    use of the System Center Service Manager Integration Pack in the automation of example
    ITSM tasks.
  • Chapter 9, Using Advanced Techniques in Runbooks, provides the recipes on advance
    features of Runbooks, which includes creating child Runbooks, error handling, implementing
    logging, and creating Looping Runbooks.

Congrats Steve, Andreas, and Sam on publishing this book.  I’m looking forward to reading it!