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System Center 2012 SP1 Automation

This course focuses on automation with System Center 2012 SP1, using Windows Server 2012 PowerShell and System Center Orchestrator.  After learning about PowerShell integration with System Center the course then focuses on Orchestrator, the customizable workflow engine that enables you to automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.  First you learn about the Orchestrator architecture and the management interface.  Next you will learn about basic, intermediate and advanced workflow concepts.  Finally you will learn how to support the Orchestrator environment through learning about errors, troubleshooting and advanced administration.  After completing this course you will be proficient at automating your System Center 2012 SP1 environment using Orchestrator and PowerShell.

This series is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths on various Microsoft products and solutions. Enroll in this course and take the self-assessment. For every module you take and every self-assessment you complete, you will be awarded points. These points build up to levels and the higher the level you achieve, the more opportunities you have to participate in MVA offers.


  • (Module 1) PowerShell with System Center 2012 SP1
    53 minutes, 20 seconds
  • (Module 2) Part 1 - Introduction - Orchestrator Architecture Overview
    17 minutes, 18 seconds
  • (Module 2) Part 2 - Architecture - Orchestrator Architecture Overview
    15 minutes, 55 seconds
  • (Module 3) Interface and Workflow Settings
    15 minutes, 30 seconds
  • (Module 4) Workflow Basics
    23 minutes, 30 seconds
  • (Module 5) Part 1 - Components - Advanced Workflow Concepts
    13 minutes, 30 seconds
  • (Module 5) Part 2 - Demo - Advanced Workflow Concepts
    16 minutes, 55 seconds
  • (Module 6) Part 1 - Foundation Objects - Creating Complex Workflows
    19 minutes, 9 seconds
  • (Module 6) Part 2 – Demo - Creating Complex Workflows
    14 minutes, 23 seconds
  • (Module 7) Errors, External Interfaces & Lifecycle Management
    20 minutes, 48 seconds