The Sky is the Limit: Improve Operational Efficiency with System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2

April 7, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , ,

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 provides coordinated integration and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency. We like System Orchestrator 2012 R2 because it combines functions for all of the other products in the Microsoft System Center Suite via workflows. There are also expansion packs that exist in order to interface with other products like HP iLOs, IBM Netcool Omnibus and VMWare vSphere. Robust PowerShell scripts can also be leveraged to communicate across platforms using standardized CIM and WSMAN protocols to retrieve information from Windows, Linux and UNIX computers.

For example, System Center Configuration Manager can call runbooks in Task Sequences during Operating System Deployment. Events from System Center Operations Manager can also trigger automated remediation actions, such as triggering a failover to a standby Hyper-V replica and activating it. Or even coordinate a series of reboot cycles throughout the datacenter via Cluster Aware Updating.

All of this is great for the IT admin. But how can Orchestrator benefit the end-user? Microsoft System Center Service Manager provides a SharePoint-based self-service portal, which can be configured to present any number of offerings to corporate staffers, based on their roles and responsibilities. For instance, Human Resources must regularly request that Active Directory accounts be created and deactivated. By filling out a form, HR can submit all of the necessary user details to Service Manager, such as group memberships and submit it to the system. This will subsequently kickoff a runbook to perform the task, rather than asking someone in IT to handle it manually. This can include a multitude of related things like enrolling the user in Exchange and Lync, registering them for the appropriate communications channels and requisitioning a laptop.

Still not enough? Then program runbooks to use your own utilities and scripts – the sky is the limit! Or just contact SWC to find out how we can assist with your operational automation needs.

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