What’s new in System Center 2016 Orchestrator

When you look in Technet about innovation in System Center 2016 RTM you’ll find innovations for Service Management Automation (SMA): SMA 2016 now supports PowerShell Script in addition to PowerShell With Service Management Automation (SMA) PowerShell ISE you can to author and test your Runbooks in your local PowerShell ISE environment SMA 2016 adds a […]

Compress Dir

Orchestrator „Compress File“ and Umlauts

Here in Germany we have umlauts like „Ää“, „Öö“,; „Üü“ and an „ß“ which is now available in upper case as „ẞ“. The „Compress File“ Activity from Orchestrator changes this characters in the result. With this PowerShell-Script in the „Run .Net Script“ Activity you can handle even those characters: [crayon-59e5b1b57af22499630124/]  

Fornat Date Time before 1970

„Format/Date Time“ Activity with Dates before 1970

I recently answered a forum post where a participant told about „Weird date format issue when selected date is before 1970s“. With input dates after 01/01/1970 the output is correct, but with dates after you get: The input time is not valid, or the format is incorrect. Input Time: 10/21/1968  Input Format: MM/dd/yyyy Indeed the” […]

Error Checkin

Error Re-„Check In“ a Runbook with „Send Email“ Activity including Attachment in SC 2016 Orchestrator RTM

In System Center 2016 Orchestrator RTM there currently exist an issue with the with „Send Email“ Activity including an attachment. When you try to check In“ a Runbook with a „Send Email“ Activity including an attachment after „Check Out“ and modify anything in the Runbook, you get the following error: „An error occurred saving the […]

Request Error

Request Error – while Opening Orchestrator Web Services

In a customer environment recreated the Orchestrator DB with the “Data Store Configuration on Orchestrator Management Server. This was because I was not able to register other versions of special IPs. After this it seemed to work all fine. But the Service Manager Connector to Orchestrator has stopped syncing. Checking the URL for Orchestrator Web […]


Upgrading System Center Orchestrator Integration Packs from 2012 to 2016

Integration Packs for the System Center 2016 are available for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54098&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all. While upgrading System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator to System Center 2016 R2 Orchestrator is described here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center-docs/orch/get-started/upgrade-to-orchestrator I found no information how to update the SC2012R2 IPs to SC2016 IPs. So here so some facts I tried out: A System Center 2016 […]


Top 10 on Premise Automation Projects

Today I joined the session „Kelverion – Bringing Automation to the Cloud” at SCU Europe 2016 from Greg Charman. Greg shared the in Kelverions view: Alert to EMS or Service Desk Integration Provisioning Iaas; New Users Building and maintaining a CMDB Self Service Software, AD Group Folders Patching Server Compliance Dev Ops Backup and Remediation […]


Best Practices for OMS and Azure Automation Runbooks

Today I joined also the session „Azure Automation – Dive deep and learn to breathe under water“ with Aleksandar Nikolic and Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen at SCU Europe 2016. They shared their Best Practices for OMS an Azure Automation Runbooks: Use Azure Automation assets (never hardcode values, especially secure information) Powershell: for tasks that require fast […]

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