- [Narrator] Hi and welcome to this class. Now, if you don't have a lot of experience with this product, you might wonder, what is Orchestrator? Orchestrator is one of the tools that's made available by Microsoft in the Microsoft System Center 2016 Suite. Orchestrator is really about automation. So, we take repetitive tasks, we automate them whether we want to run them against a single host on the network or multiple hosts on the network. And the network could be on premises or perhaps we're automating something related to public cloud provisioning of resources whether it's user accounts in Office 365 or virtual machines and storage or websites.
It could be anything. So, what happens is that Orchestrator's designers create what are called runbooks and this runbook is at the heart of the automation. A runbook contains one or more activities. In more complex automation scenarios, a runbook can contain hundreds of activities and ideally they would be broken up into different runbooks that are called upon by parent runbooks for modularity sake. Now, these activities give us the capabilities to do things like run powershell scripts or monitor disc space on a host or create a virtual machine in the Azure or Amazon web services cloud.
What you're looking at is the runbook designer tool and what you're looking at more specifically is a runbook I've created called New User. Now here, we've got a number of items that have been plotted on this canvas and the way that works is they get dragged from the list of activities on the right. You can see that we've got categories like System Activities. We've got Monitoring Activities and if we've installed the appropriate integration packs as they're called, we'll have Windows Azure Activities, Active Directories, System Center Configuration Manager.
The list goes on and on. So, we drag these onto the canvas and then of course by going into an activity by double clicking, we can configure it to do whatever it's supposed to properly. So, this is really the essence of System Center Orchestrator is having these runbooks that automates something to speed up normal maintenance or provisioning tasks and to reduce human error. And in the end, save the organization money. So, I hope you enjoy the rest of the course and that you'll join me as we go through all of the further details related to working with, planning and running runbooks to automate your environment.
This course teaches administrators how to automate the monitoring and deployment of data center resources using Orchestrator 2016. Instructor Daniel Lachance begins with a discussion of Orchestrator components and interactions, and walks through the installation of an Orchestrator environment. Then he explores Runbook Designer, the tool for creating various automation solutions related to file management, user onboarding, and more. Follow along and learn how to create your own runbooks with this integral tool, and optimize and reduce your workload.
- Understanding the Orchestrator architecture: from database to console
- Planning an Orchestrator deployment
- Verifying the installation
- Exploring Runbook Designer
- Creating runbooks