free eBook: Microsoft System Center – Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

Hi, I’m Andreas Rynes, Lead Architect on the Datacenter Program Team, Microsoft Services HQ working on datacenter solutions focusing on automation and management. Today I’d like to introduce you to a free eBook that we recently released to the public and share with you a few thoughts about the concepts and patterns, as well as… Read more

Automation-System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series-Runbook Export and Scrubbing Process

Hello Readers!  For this next post in the Best Practice Series for Orchestrator, I thought it would be useful to discuss some tips on scrubbing and exporting Runbooks to make them ready for moving between environments or ready for sharing with the community. Why is this Post Useful? Runbooks need to be prepped before for… Read more

Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Reduce Buried Logic

Hey Readers, welcome back to another post in the series on Orchestrator Best Practices.  In my previous post Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Naming Conventions, I talked about Runbook and folder naming best practices as well as lightly touching on a concept called “DRY” or Don’t Repeat Yourself.  This post was an important… Read more

Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Naming Conventions

As promised, I have a few blog posts coming on the topic of Best Practices as it relates to System Center 2012 – Orchestrator.  Now, just like math problems, there is usually more than one path to come to the same solution.  I call these Best Practices because I’ve found these practices work best for… Read more