Enterprise Orchestrator Infrastructure Design


Active / Passive Production Environment



  • Running of production workflows

Environment Description

  • Mirrored Multi Server Environment
  • Scale Out Points
    • Web Tier – Add additional Servers to this role (and to F5 VIP) if Web Service load becomes Heavy
    • Action Server
      • Monitor CPU and Memory consumption on Action Server
        • Underutilization: Increase concurrent policy number using asp
        • Overutilization: Decrease concurrent policy number using asp
      • Monitor total environment current concurrent policy number
        • Create new action servers when utilization demands it
        • Should always have one action server worth of ‘free’ policy spots

Failover Steps

  • Failover Web Service Calls
    • Set Passive Node as Active in Production Pool
  • Failover Monitor Workflows
    • List active Runbooks with isMonitor Flag in Active Environment
    • Start Mirror Policy in Passive Environment
    • Stop Runbook in Active Environment
  • Wait for all Ad-Hoc policies to stop on all actions servers

Policy Migration

  • Runbooks will be sanitized before import
  • Runbooks will be imported with the same folder structure in both environments to facilitate a ‘mirror policy’ relationship
  • Runbooks will be imported into both environments at the same time
  • No Runbook design will be done in central production
  • Only Runbooks in this environment will be exports from Central QA


  • Runbook CI Hours will be tracked in external database
    • This will be handled on a per-Workflow basis

Runbook Promotion



Workflow Properties

  • Workflows will be self contained under a root folder
  • Any reference global settings will be contained in a folder of the same name
  • All folder names will be prefaced with the team name they are developed by

Promotion Phases

  1. Workflow is designed in Development
  2. Workflow is exported and sanitized
  3. Workflow is imported into QA Environment
    1. QA Is preformed on workflow for best practice analysis
      1. If this fails it is removed from QA and re-enters the development phase
    2. Workflow is run in QA environment and performance impact is evaluated
      1. If workflow is highly impactful and properly designed expand production action server count
  4. Workflow is exported from QA and sanitized
  5. Workflow is imported into TFS
  6. Workflow is imported into Active and Passive Environments

Production Environment Integration Pack Deployment

  1. Deploy integration pack to passive environment
  2. Fail Active environment over to Passive Environment
  3. Test Workflows
    1. If failure rollback to active, remediate
    2. If successful deploy integration pack to new passive environment
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One comment on “Enterprise Orchestrator Infrastructure Design
  1. rjasonmorgan says:

    Really cool example, thanks for sharing!

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