Since the announcement of Microsoft's "Blue" servers (2012 R2) at TechEd 2013 North America and the subsequent Preview releases announced at TechEd Europe 2013, there has been a steady stream of additional add-ons and guides made available. The add-ons and guides provide additional value for those testing new features and preparing for an imminent public release in the Fall.

Microsoft has just made another set of Preview resources available to give testers additional things to play with specific to System Center Orchestrator. Microsoft has released Preview versions of an Orchestrator Integration Toolkit and Integration Packs.

You can download them here: System Center 2012 R2 - Orchestrator Component Add-ons and Extensions - www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39622

The Integration Toolkitprovides wizard-based that give the ability to create your own Integration packs if the one's provided aren't enough.

The Integration Packs that come as part of the download help automate and extend Orchestrator for the following products and services:

  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Configuration Manager
  • REST
  • Exchange User
  • Exchange Admin
  • FTP
  • Active Directory
  • Windows Azure
  • Microsoft SharePoint

If you're looking for the other Preview releases for System Center 2012 R2, take a look here:  System Center 2012 R2 Product Previews