This course focuses on extensibility and customization with System Center 2012 SP1, enabling customer and partners to create their own plugins with the System Center components. First you will learn how to create service templates in Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) allowing management of a multi-tiered application as a single logical unit. Next you will learn the basics of creating a custom Integration Pack using Orchestrator (SCO) to enable you to integrate custom activities within a workflow. The next two modules look at Operations Manager (SCOM) extensibility through creating Management Packs to monitor any datacenter component and Dashboards to visualize the data. The final two modules look at Service Manager (SCSM) Data Warehouse and reporting to generate datacenter-wide information, and then how to customize Service Catalog offerings to enable end-users to create self-service requests through a web portal.
In this module you will learn how to design and deploy a service template using System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager. A service template is a collection of virtual machine templates that defines the configuration of a service, which can consist of multiple tiers. In this demo-rich session you will see how to customize a service template by preconfiguring the OS, storage, networks, scripts, SQL, applications, web servers, load balancers and more. Next you will learn how to customize each deployment though scripts and finally you will see how the service can be deployed.
In this module you will learn about System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator’s extensibility to create custom Integration Packs. Integration Packs are a collection of actions (Activities) that can be used in a graphical workflow within a Runbook. You will be able to describe the functionality of the SCO Quick Integration Kit (QIK) and review the set of tools used to create activities. Finally you will learn about the SDK, and how this can be used to create a basic Integration Pack.
In this module you will learn about System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager (SCOM) extensibility to create custom Management Packs (MPs). MPs are deployed to servers to monitor the health of the hardware or software and report back to the SCOM Management Server. You will get to know the basics of how to design, author and optimize your own MP which can be fully customized to monitor the health of your business applications. You will also see the different tools, including the Management Pack Authoring Console, Visio Management Pack Designer and Visual Studio Authoring Extensions.
In this module you will learn about System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager (SCOM) extensibility to create custom Dashboard views. Dashboards are used to display a collection of SCOM data in a visual format and can include alerts, performance, state information, SLA compliance or other data. You will see how to create different layout and how to use the various widgets, including using the Visio Add-In. Additionally you will learn how to publish dashboards outside of the SCOM console using SharePoint so they can be viewed using a web browser.
In this module you will learn about the System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager (SCSM) Data Warehouse (DWH) and reporting. The DWH is used to store large amounts of data about the datacenter and services in a way that does not impact production systems, and this can be used generate rich reports. After learning the basics of the DWH and how to create reports, you will see how this data can be extended and modeled in Excel to take advantage of features such as PowerPivot. Finally you will learn about different ways to present the data through SharePoint so that it can be consumed by anyone with a web browser.
In this module you will learn about System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager (SCSM) extensibility to create custom Service Catalogs. The catalog is used to publish a list of services to end users to empower them to make standardized requests to the IT department. You will see how to create a service request template and offering, then publish it to the service catalog. Additionally you will see how the entire process can be automated by integrating SCSM with System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator by using a runbook automation activity.
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