Ask SWC: What is Microsoft System Center Orchestrator

May 27, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , ,

Today I want to talk a little bit about Microsoft System Center Orchestrator. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the product, it’s a powerful datacenter workflow management solution. Watch my “Ask SWC” video to learn more about Microsoft System Center Orchestrator.

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Microsoft System Center Orchestrator is a datacenter workflow management solution that allows us to automate many of the repeatable and mundane tasks our IT infrastructure is currently carrying out each day, including the creation, monitoring and deployment of resources for both your organization’s public and private cloud environments. In this video blog, I wanted to share with you a quick example of Orchestrator’s abilities which will really open up your eyes to the opportunities and creativity you will have by deploying the solution in your environment. Think about all of the tasks that need to be completed when you onboard a new employee or new user. You have to create usernames and mailboxes, manage permissions, procure hardware, and so on. Unfortunately, these processes don’t stop at the desktop or laptop, new users also have mobile devices – perhaps two or three of them that need to be configured, so there is a lot of provisioning just in software and hardware for these users and it takes a lot of time just to walk through all of the different steps.

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator allows us to create a run book or workflow that will string a whole bunch of different tasks together, or all of the new user IT creation tasks and give us a desired result. The desired result meaning, the new user is all setup in the system and ready to go on their first day of work. All of this can be handled automatically by building workflows through Microsoft System Center Orchestrator. Orchestrator can also help automate other processes in our IT environment, such as integrating systems from outside vendors. Organizations that deploy the product will drastically improve operations by tying together different procedures and tasks in the graphical user-interface. By automating these procedures, not only will you improve the reliability and predictability of your IT environment, but you will also give your internal IT resources more time to focus on more strategic and important initiatives or projects within your organization.

To learn more about how Microsoft System Center and Orchestrator can help to automate your datacenter and better your organization’s IT operations, join us for our next Microsoft System Center event or connect with Brad Ellison on LinkedIn.

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