I was browsing through all of the great new articles over on our TechNet Wiki and came across this one that I thought you might like. It’s written by Microsoft’s own Anil Erduran and it discusses the concept of RunBooks in Orchestrator 2012. It also sounds like he has plans to write a few more articles discussing how to design them so stay tuned!
System Center Orchestrator 2012 which is a new member of System Center 2012 family and next version of Opalis, takes place at the center of Private Cloud scenarios. During automation of your dynamic datacenters, Orchestrator can move your operations one more step forward and can integrate with Microsoft and non-Microsoft solutions with just a few clicks.
Let me give you a few examples;
You can trigger Orchestrator workflows through an incident management system such as Service Manager 2012.
Periodic installation processes can be automated. For example during installation you can take actions on active directory, stop load balancer pools, check service status etc.
Active directory operational tasks such as user create, user delete, group create, change memberships etc. can be moved to the orchestrator RunBooks.
You can monitor SCOM alerts and trigger custom RunBooks. For example when a virtual machine run out of disk, SCOM generates an alert and orchestrator can assign additional disk through triggered RunBook.