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Designing Runbook Automation with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

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NB: Whilst this course is based on Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator it is also suitable for delegates who are using System Center 2016 Orchestrator.

This highly technical, three-day, instructor-led course gives delegates the knowledge on how to implement runbook automation using System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 and 2016 (SCOrch).
The course approaches design, implementation and development in a logical sequence, beginning with design and deployment of the Orchestrator infrastructure. This is followed by discussion and hands-on application of increasingly complex runbook automation authoring concepts. This is followed by a deep dive into logging and troubleshooting runbook automation issues.
The course concludes with in-depth coverage of how to extend Orchestrator functionality through custom integration pack development. A description of topics by module is included below.

Please note - This course is suitable for those using SCOrch 2012 and 2016. There are no differences between the two versions except Orchestrator 2016 can run on Windows Server 2016 whereas Orchestrator 2012 cannot.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  •   Describe, deploy and optimize the logical architecture of an Orchestrator infrastructure
  • Articulate the functions of the components and services in an Orchestrator infrastructure
  •   Develop advanced runbooks to integrate Microsoft and third party products
  •   Configure error handling and custom logging in Orchestrator runbooks
  •   Troubleshoot issues with Orchestrator components and Orchestrator runbook execution
  •   Explain Microsoft best practices for Runbook Lifecycle Management
  •   Design end-to-end process automation incorporating System Center products
  •   Develop custom activities and integration packs

Pre-Requisites

MCITP certification, or equivalent knowledge

Course Content

Module 1: Architecture and Component Overview

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the components in the Orchestrator architecture
  •   Explain the functionality of the components within an Orchestrator infrastructure

Module 2: User Interfaces and Runbook Settings

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Describe the console interfaces available in Orchestrator
  •   Explain the Orchestrator settings and features that affect runbooks and runbook creation

Module 3: Runbook Basics

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Describe the concepts and decision processes related to runbook design and creation in Orchestrator
  •   Understand how to use standard activities to control runbook execution

Module 4: Advanced Runbook Concepts

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Describe the concepts and decision processes related to runbook design and creation in Orchestrator
  •   Understand how to use standard activities to control runbook execution

Module 5: Creating Complex Runbooks

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Describe standard activities commonly used in complex runbooks in Orchestrator
  •   Understand how to create more complex runbooks incorporating these standard activities

Module 6: Error Handling, Lifecycle Management and the Orchestrator Web Service

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Discuss how to build error handling into Orchestrator runbooks
  •   Understand proper lifecycle management processes for versioning and promotion of Orchestrator runbooks

Module 7: System Center and 3rd Party Integration

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Review the System Center Integration Packs (IPs) for Orchestrator
  •   Understand how to use the activities in the System Center IPs to deliver integrated automation solutions for the System Center Suite

Module 8: Troubleshooting and Advanced Administration

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Discuss advanced administrative topics related to Orchestrator
  •   Understand how to adjust logging levels in Orchestrator and troubleshoot common scenarios

Module 9: Extensibility Scenarios

After completing this session delegates will be able to:

  •   Describe the functionality in the Orchestrator Integration Kit
  •   Understand how to create a basic integration pack using the Orchestrator Quick Integration Kit

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