Migrating from Orchestrator to Azure – A new blog series

Over the next several post I’ll be teaming up with Microsoft MVP Billy York to show you various ways and technologies to accomplish your automation tasks in a more modern way. We will explore automation options, show you how to prepare your Orchestrator environment for migration, pick the right tool for the right job, and even add new features and enhancements to your workloads. Check back tomorrow for Automation Options in Azure – Q1 2020 Edition, and watch Billy’s page as we prepare our migration journey!

Orchestrator is Dead, Long Live Automation

If you reading this blog and are considering installing Orchestrator 2016/2019 –  stop.  Don’t.  Do not pass go, do not collect your salary. Save your time and energy.  Seriously, we know other consultants that are still getting requests for proposals to install System Center Orchestrator, but now is not the time for new installations of Orchestrator. It’s time to migrate from Orchestrator. For those of you that have used Orchestrator 2012 R2 and installed the upgrades to 2016/2019, then you know that it wasn’t much of an upgrade.

For those of you are already heavily invested in Orchestrator, it’s time to start considering your migration path. Time to consider what product(s) you’re going to leverage, what your options are, and how to move to new tools. Orchestrator isn’t literally dead in that MS is going to reach into your environment and kill your scorch servers(s), but don’t count on getting any new cutting edge features or updates. Without new features it’s going to continue to be more and more difficult to keep up with automating new products and services.  Luckily Azure provides a myriad of ways to take on your automation workloads.