Moving from Orchestrator to Azure Automation

If you plan to move your Orchestrator Runbooks to Azure Automation the good news is: Congratulations! You have defined technically descriptions of you processes to relay on. But perhaps you think using System Center Orchestrator Migration Toolkit is enough to do that transformation. This would be the same as loading all local systems to Azure […]

Set Maintenance Schedule in OpsMgr with PowerShell

Since System Center 2016 you can set a Schedule in Operations Manager for Maintenance Mode. Before you could build a Runbook with Orchestrator and use the „Start Maintenance Mode Activity“ there. But now you can use a PowerShell Script to set the Maintenance Schedule in Operations Manager directly: [crayon-5b505645431cb754859838/]  

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is available: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4094928/update-rollup-5-for-system-center-2016-orchestrator It fixes some issues: When you view the activity details of a job instance, the Orchestrator Web Console displays the input parameter as a GUID instead of the Display Name of the parameter. Potential denial of service attack vector through sending invalid characters in […]

SC2012R2 UR14: „An error occurred saving the activity to the data store.“

In System Center 2016 RTM Orchestrator there was a bug: Error Re-„Check In“ a Runbook with „Send Email“ Activity including Attachment in SC 2016 Orchestrator RTM. This was fixed in Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator. Since Update Rollup 14 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator the bug exists in  SC2012R2: When you […]

System Center 1801+ – Microsofts first release of a Semi-Annual System Center version

Microsoft announced to Ignite 2017 Semi-Annual Channel releases for System Center to deliver new capabilities at a faster cadence and they kept their word: System Center 1801 is available. For Orchestrator, Service Management Automation(SMA) and Service Provider Foundation (SPF) this version contains the features and bugfixes until System 2016 UR4, including support for TLS 1.2, […]

Orchestrator „Send Platform Event“ Activity with SC2016 UR4 or SC2012R2 UR14

When Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator or Update Rollup 14 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is installed you must ensure that SQL Server Native Client is installed and reconfigure the connection to Orchestrator DB with “Data Store Configuration” in some cases, see: Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is […]

Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is available

Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is available: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4047355. But Attention!: Before you install this update, make sure that the SQL Server Native Client is installed on the Management Server and the Runbook Server(s). For more Information see below. New features: System Center 2016 Orchestrator now supports TLS 1.2 with UR4. Fixes: When you […]

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 Workflow With Service Management Automation (SMA) PowerShell ISE you can to author and test your Runbooks in your local PowerShell ISE environment SMA 2016 adds […]

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-5b5056454b416791197509/]  

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