Using the Service Management Automation feature of Orchestrator in System Center 2012 R2

With the general availability of System Center R2 – Orchestrator in October, customers have the ability to integrate their management systems together to implement end to end IT processes. You can read more about this in the cloud post that Brad wrote in August. In this post, I will discuss the Orchestrator capabilities we have… Read more

Export and document your Runbook details in Visio and Word 2013

In case you didn’t see the announcement, Microsoft’s Bruno Saille just updated his “Orchestrator Visio and Word Generator” tool. This new version (1.5) adds support for Visio 2013 and Word 2013 as well as providing more detailed output in the Word document generated, including details on the published data being used in the activities. It… Read more

Free ebook: System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

We’re very excited to announce a free ebook offering from Microsoft Press: Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks (ISBN 9780735682986) by David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch. This is the first in a series of unique (and free) ebooks that bring System Center experts together to discuss… Read more

The Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution 1.2 is now available

Microsoft’s own Charles Joy just announced version 1.2 of his incredibly handy Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution: Remember back in January of this year when I published the Automation–Orchestrator Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution post over here on the Building Clouds Blog? It was a re-introduction of the content I originally posted… Read more