The Microsoft Virtual Academy is promising training for System Center Orchestrator soon, and there is some available there, but only specific to System Center Service Manager. So, if you’re like me, you hunger for something now. TechNet articles and blog posts can only take you so far, and sitting in front a lab environment can get boring.
So, here’s some resources and tips cobbled together to provide a bit of value now, while we wait for the other things to materialize. Things you can do or watch at your leisure. We’ll add more as they are discovered.
Training Class: Truesec
Truesec is famous for their training classes. They have a System Center Orchestrator class with the next one scheduled for May 21-23, 2012 in Minneapolis. The next one after that is not until October.
05/21/2012 – 05/23/2012
Mastering System Center Orchestrator 2012 – Minneapolis
Truesec, Redmond WA – Add to your calendar: iCal
CBT Resource: Acceleres
Acceleres has some resources available now that can get you started.
Course list: http://www.acceleres.com/training/default.html
Course syllabus for System Center Orchestrator: http://www.pultorak.com/learn/syllabi/22401_Orchestrator_2012_for-Runbook_Authors__Syllabus.pdf
Free trial (zipped file) that covers the first day of the syllabus: http://shop.acceleres.com/downloads/MS-SC-Orchestrator-2012-for-Runbook-Designers.zip
There are currently 32 videos post on myITforum TV dedicated to System Center Orchestrator:
The RSS feed to be notified when more are added: http://www.myitforum.com/absolutevc/rss.aspx?c=81
Roll you own: Evernote
I can’t promote Evernote enough – ever. Evernote gives you the ability to clip parts of web pages, or entire web pages and stuff them neatly into an Evernote notebook. And, since it’s a cross-platform, cloud-based app, you can gather your own Orchestrator material for reading anywhere, anytime, on any device.
The link: http://evernote.com/
Not until September 2012: System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed
The System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed book is not scheduled for release until September 20, 2012, but it is available for preorder.
Check it out: System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed
Infront seems to have some Orchestrator 2012 boot camps available, in both the US and in Canada that run 3 days.
Orchestrator 2012 – SCOrch 2012 BootCamp PDF: http://infrontconsulting.com/docs/InfrontSCOrchBootcamp.pdf
A few sources on the rise
We just unveiled the following resources recently. As those areas grow, expect a lot of additional information and value.
Orchestrator Runbooks Community Repository – This is the community group for sharing Runbooks developed to integrate with System Center Orchestrator.
System Center Orchestrator Community Group – Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks, enabling you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
Orchestrator Email discussion list – email-based forum for asking questions, getting answers, and sharing information.
Orchestrator forum – web-based forum for asking questions, getting answers, and sharing information.
Know of any more? Comment in this post, or email us.