3 day Workshop: Mastering System Center Orchestrator 2012

Information about the scheduled runs:

U.S.: http://truesec.com/infrastructure/labs/system_center/mastering_system_center_2012_orchestrator_sp1

Denmark: http://www.teknologisk.dk/uddannelser/mastering-system-center-orchestrator-2012/k87252?cms.query=orchestrator

Norway: http://www.glasspaper.no/Kurs/2032.MasterClass—Mastering-Microsoft-System-Center-Orchestrator-2012-med-Jakob-Gottlieb-Svendsen/?epslanguage=no


Course can be offered as private in-house聽classes or custom workshops. Contact me. 馃檪



My 3 day workshop for SCO have been upgraded to System Center 2012 in all products!


Send an email to me if you want more info about dates in the different countries.


Course Syllabus

Mastering System Center Orchestrator 2012

Number of Days: 3

Format: Instructor-Led Workshop

Level: 300


This three day course is created and run by Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen, MCT and active member of the System Center Alliance Team as well as TechNet moderator.

This course is intended for Enterprise Systems Engineers, Administrators and System Integrators who need to implement a Dynamic Datacenter using System Center Orchestrator 2012 (SCO).The class is continuously updated to cover the latest release of the product.

This course syllabus should be used to determine whether the course is appropriate for you, based on your current skills and technical training needs.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

路 Install and Configure System Center Orchestrator 2012 including SQL Server 2008 R2 Permissions.

路 Describe the logical architecture of an SCO infrastructure

路 Articulate the functions of the components and services in an SCO infrastructure

路 Configure error handling in SCO Runbooks

路 Troubleshoot issues with SCO components and SCO policy execution

路 Design end-to-end process automation incorporating System Center products

路 Use the Silverlight operator鈥檚 console

路 Use the REST web service for integration into other software (Excel-PowerPivot etc.)

路 Create Integration Pack with Integration Toolkit and PowerShell.



Before attending this course, students must have:

路 Experience with Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration

路 Basic understanding of Active Directory


An understanding of the System Center Suite is desirable, but not needed, specifically:

路 Virtual Machine Manager 2012

路 Operations Manager 2012

路 Service Manager 2012

路 Configuration Manager 2012

路 Virtualization Technologies: Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2

路 Basic Knowledge of PowerShell

Module 1: Orchestrator Overview and Installation

This module presents an introduction System Center Orchestrator Installation, security and terminology.


路 Overview

o Introduction to SCO

o How is SCO is used / Purpose of SCO

o Architecture

o Terminology

o Services

路 Security

o Service Account Requirements

o Component Connectivity

路 Installation

o System Requirements

o Basic Installation

o Database Security



Management Server

Action Server

Orchestration Console

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Install SCO

路 Describe the components in SCO

Module 2: User Interfaces and Runbooks

This module presents an introduction to SCO User Interfaces and Runbook Basics


路 Overview of User Interfaces and Runbooks

o Creating Runbooks

o Runbook Testing Console

o Orchestration Console

o Standard Activities Overview

o Integration Pack Introduction

o Global Configuration & Settings

o Exporting and Importing Runbooks

o Data bus

o Best Practice


Deploy Integration Packs

Create Runbooks

Testing Runbook

Executing Runbook in Orchestration Console

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Create runbooks

路 Describe the databus and other parts of runbooks design.

Module 3: Runbooks

This module presents more info about runbooks, and runbook design.


路 All about Runbooks!

o Planning and Designing Runbooks

o Runbook Guidelines

o Runbook Execution

o Runbook Servers

o Securing Runbooks

o Nested Runbooks

o Runbook Activity Behavior and Rules

o Best Practice in Runbook Design


路 Create and Execute Runbooks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Create runbooks

路 Describe the databus and other parts of runbooks design.

Module 4: Advanced Runbooks

This module deals with advanced techniques like looping and nested runbooks.


路 Advanced runbook design!

o Passing Data between Runbooks (Returning results)

o Using a Runbook Library

o Runbook Throttling

o Looping

o Storing Data

o Complex Link Logic and Compare Values Activity

o Variables and Counters

o Data Manipulation

o Best Practice


Create and Execute Runbooks

Use advanced policy behavior (flatten/loop)

Data Manipulation

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Create runbooks

路 Describe the databus and other parts of runbooks design.

Module 5: Integration Packs

This module will discuss the System Center Integration Packs available for SCO.


路 Working with System Center Integration Packs

o Integration Packs

o System Center Integration Packs

路 Other Integration Packs


Creating System Center Runbooks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Review the System Center Integration Packs (IPs)

路 Work with system center products in SCO

Module 6: Using Complex Activities

This module presents an introduction to several activity types, like 鈥淩un .Net Script鈥


路 Activities

o Query WMI Object

o Invoke Web Services Object

o Query XML Object

o Query Database object

o Run Program Object

o Run .NET Script Object (PowerShell)


Building runbooks using complex activities

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Create advanced runbooks

路 Describe the databus and other parts of runbooks design.

Module 7: Error Handling, Web Service, Import-Export

This module will discuss how handle errors in Runbooks, naming conventions for folder and policis, using the web service.


路 Error Handling, Export, Import and Web Service

o Adding Error Handling to Runbooks

o Naming Conventions

o Export & Import of Runbooks

o SCO Web Service


Building Error Handling into Runbooks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Discuss how to build error handling into Runbooks

路 Use the new web service

路 Know how to handle import and export of Runbooks.

Module 8: Troubleshooting and Advanced Administration

This module will discuss logging available in SCO and how to adjust logging levels for troubleshooting purposes.


路 Runbook Throttling

路 Runbook Audit Trail

路 Log Files

路 Basic Troubleshooting

路 Best Practice Analyzer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Troubleshoot by viewing log files and adjust the logging levels available.

路 Use policy throttling to configure the action servers.

Module 9: Extensibility Scenarios (Integration Toolkit)

This module will discuss extend SCO using the Integration Toolkit


路 Integration Toolkit

o Orchestrator Command-Line Activity Wizard

o Orchestrator SDK

路 Choosing the Best Toolkit Option

路 Using PowerShell in Toolkit


Creating Your Own Integration Pack with the Toolkit and PowerShell

After completing this module, students will be able to:

路 Describe the functionality in Integration Toolkit

路 Understand how to create a PowerShell Integration Pack

路 Understand how to use PowerShell Library/Module files in the Toolkit

By |2012-06-04T15:03:38+00:00June 4th, 2012|Automation, Training|6 Comments

About the Author:

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Twitter: @JakobGSvendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx), Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

He is passionately devoted to the community, to which he contributes by being a moderator at TechNet and sharing his knowledge at https://blog.ctglobalservices.com/jgs

  • Co-founder: PowerShell User Group Denmark
  • Speaker at MMS 2016, Minneapolis (www.mmsmoa.com)
  • SCU Europe 2014, 2015, 2016 (www.systemcenteruniverse.ch)
  • Microsoft TechEd North America 2014, Houston
  • NIC 2012,2013,2014,2015, Oslo (www.nic.com)
  • Microsoft CampusDays 2011, 2013, Copenhagen
  • Microsoft TechDays 2015, Sweden (www.techdays.se)
  • Microsoft Partner Event: New in SC2012 SP1
  • User group meetings (PSUG.DK , SCUG.DK/BE/NO, AZMUG + more)
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer.
  • Microsoft Scripting Guys Forum Moderator

Main working areas:

  • Automation (Azure Automation, SMA, SCO)
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack
  • System CenterVisual Studio Team Services / Team Foundation Server
  • Development:C#.Net, VB.NET, VBScript, PowerShell, Service Manager, OpsMgr, ConfigMgr
  • Orchestrator
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack


  • Azure Automation
  • Service Management Automation
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • PowerShell, VBScript, C#.Net, VB.Net
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack Development Workshops


  1. Matt Black August 9, 2012 at 13:53 - Reply

    Hi – will you be doing the orchestrator training in the UK?


  2. Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen
    Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen August 9, 2012 at 15:00 - Reply

    Hello Matt

    I am sorry but we have no planned runs in UK (yet).

    but we can arrange one at your own Company or partner if you want 馃檪

    just write me on email if you want more details

  3. Simon August 21, 2012 at 10:40 - Reply

    Hi Jakob,

    I would definitely be interested in a course in the UK if you find you have enough interest (I don’t think it would take long).

    I know of probably 3 of us within my company who would be interested in training.



    • Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen
      Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen September 3, 2012 at 15:35 - Reply

      hello simon!

      thank you for your request, and I apologize the late reply (been on vacation).

      I have sent your details to my collegue that handles the planning.

      So far we have no runs planned in UK, but I see no reason for not going there too 馃檪

      have a nice day

  4. Todd November 27, 2012 at 20:53 - Reply

    When will this course be offered again?

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