Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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System Center 2012 Orchestrator
Virtualization is an important topic as it pertains to Office 365 because all the on-premises
workloads that support Office 365 can be virtualized. This reduces the cost of managing
on-premises technologies that support Office 365. Virtual Machine Manager's ability to
provide numerous high-availability and disaster recovery options such as live migration,
which is the ability to move a virtual machine from one virtual host to another with no
downtime, allows zero downtime to Office 365 if there is ever a need to replace hardware.
System Center 2012 Orchestrator
System Center 2012 Orchestrator (SCO) is the second full release of the product formerly
known as Opalis. Microsoft acquired Opalis, the industry leading IT workflow automation
company, in 2009 and rebranded it as System Center Orchestrator. SCO is a workflow
management solution for the data center. Orchestrator enables your organization to automate
the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.
Orchestrator also provides a workflow management solution for the data center. This
ability to automate activities, known as runbooks, can be used across Microsoft and third-party
products. These runbooks are created in the Runbook Designer console and deployed
through the deployment manager. They are run, or triggered, and monitored locally or
remotely through the Orchestrator Console, System Center Service Manager, and System
Center Operations Manager.
Orchestrator can tie disparate tasks and procedures together by using the graphical
userinterface Runbook Designer to create reliable, flexible, and efficient end-to-end solutions in
the IT environment. By using Orchestrator, your organization can do the following:
Automate processes in your data center, regardless of hardware or platform
Automate IT operations and standardize best practices to improve operational
Connect different systems from different vendors with minimal knowledge of
scripting and programming languages
Integration Packs, frequently referred to as IPs, extend the power and capability of
Orchestrator by providing prebuilt activities that perform a wide variety of functions specific to the
technologies the Integration Packs are for. This saves time by not having to manually
create activities. Integration Packs can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center,
CodePlex website, or third-party vendors developing IPs for different products such as the
products at .
Remember from previous chapters that there are many steps involved in provisioning and
de-provisioning Office 365 users. After a user object is synchronized into Office 365, it does
not mean that the user immediately has access to Office 365 services. A separate action to
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