Microsoft Virtual Academy: Orchestrator
See System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator Demos
August 22, 2013

Have you heard about System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Orchestrator but aren't quite sure where to get started? Microsoft Virtual Academy offers this video, in which Justin Incarnato, a program manager on the System Center Orchestrator team, explains a number of the new Orchestrator features. As he notes, SP1 Orchestrator now offers support for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012, as well as management server, runbook server, web console, runbook designer, and much more.

Additionally, Incarnato noted that Orchestrator now supports 19 languages, including French, German, Italian, and three Chinese dialects. This is a major change from previous versions, which only supported English, and is a strong indicator of Microsoft's move toward better accommodating the needs of its international clients and customers.

Another critical aspect of Orchestrator, as the video pointed out, is that it works effectively not only with Microsoft workloads, but also with Active Directory, a suite of HP packs, and other products.

Incarnato goes on to provide in-depth demonstrations of a variety of processes that are now possible with Orchestrator. He shows how you can leverage Exchange User to create and forward appointments, FTP to create and rename directories, HO Operations Manager to create and manage messages, and SC Operations Manager to create and manage alerts.

In each of these demos, viewers can watch Incarnato's screen as he highlights the real-time performance of these processes and the ease of reaching into these programs to perform a wide range of tasks. As he notes, users can leverage Orchestrator to take advantage of automation, producing huge time savings.

Finally, Incarnato highlights the cascading dependencies feature of the Orchestration Integration Toolkit (OIT). With this feature, authoring can be significantly streamlined, thereby eliminating guesswork and providing even greater efficiency gains.