System Center Orchestrator


System Center Orchestrator (aka Opalis) is a great tool ! Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.

In my projects, I use it to automate Windows Azure deployments and a lot of operations tasks like SQL Azure backups….

This is for me, a must-have tool for IT Pros and a good bridge between developers and IT Pros. A good step for DevOps approach !

 

Microsoft provides an Integration Pack for Windows Azure. You can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34611

This integration pack contains several packs for Active Directory, FTP, Azure….

On this webpage, you can download also the Integration Toolkit for Orchestrator that give you the capabilities to create easily your own integration packs. I’ll write a post on this part later.

After downloading and unzipping the integration pack, the next step is to register and deploy it. For more information : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh420346.aspx.

 

Now, the Windows Azure Integration Pack is installed !

If you open now the Runbook designer, you can see the new activities :

 

I’m now ready to implement my runbooks to deploy Azure solutions !

 

 

 

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