Turn off logging for all Orchestrator Runbooks

So, it’s still recommended to keep your Orchestrator DB small…. If you want to to turn off the Logging of Activity specific or Common Published Data for all Runbooks you can manage this with a SQL-Query setting the columns LogCommonData and LogSpecificData to 0. But this settings will take no affect without check out and […]

New Release of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator Integration Packs Available for Download

Microsoft published a new release of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator Integration Packs: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39622. The details of the update from Microsoft Download Center: 10/7/2015 – Updated release for System Center 2012 R2 NullReferenceException is thrown while using „Get VM Instance“ activity to get an Azure VM instance which is configured one virtual network. Support for […]

Ensuring that Powershell Script runs in „RUN .NET Script“ Activity

As default „Run .Net Script“ Activity executes 32bit PowerShell (x86) with Version 2. If you want to ensure that your Script works with „Run .Net Script Activity“ and you don’t have forced „Run .Net Script“ Activity to run the PowerShell-Version of Windows executing the Orchestrator Runbook Service you can ensure that your script works with  „Run […]

Run the Powershell Version of Windows Executing the Orchestrator Runbook Service in „Run .Net Script“ Activity

„Techguy“ Michael Seidel found out how to run run the PowerShell-Version of Windows executing the Orchestrator Runbook Service in „Run .Net Script“ Activity: http://www.techguy.at/orchestrator-und-powershell-v3-funktioniert-auch-ohne-workaround/. Simple with the DWord-Value OnlyUseLatestCLR = 1 in key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\.NETFramework of the registry of Orchestrator Runbook Servers … the „Run .Net Script“ Activity from Orchestrator uses the PowerShell-Version of Windows: Thanks […]

Some Notes to the „Microsoft System Center Orchestrator Migration Toolkit (Beta)

In May 2015 Microsoft released the „Microsoft System Center Orchestrator Migration Toolkit (BETA)“. Today it consists of two tools: „Integration Pack Converter” and „Standard Activities module”. The „Runbook Converter” which should convert Orchestrator Runbooks for import into graphical Runbooks in Azure Automation should be available soon. The public download is available here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47323. Integration Pack […]

Executing SQL Statements with Powershell

Working with Orchestrator has the challenge to log the execution results so that you can have a log to analyze. One of the best ways is to design a custom database for your logging. In Orchestrator there are two Standard Activities to work with databases: „Query Database“ and „Write to Database“. With „Query Database“ Activity […]

NLB for SMA Web Service

The Web Service for Service Management Automation (SMA) is the central control component for all SMA related Runbooks and settings. While the SMA Runbook Workers execute in load balancing by the design of the product you may just wonder how you can control SMA if the host with SMA Web Service is weak. I was […]

Triggering a SMA Runbook in Regular Intervals

The current Schedule option for Runbooks in Service Management Automation (SMA) allows only a daily Schedule for the Runbooks. If you want to schedule a Runbook at regular intervals (for example to look for new OpsMgr Alerts every 2 minutes) you can create a „trigger Runbook“ with while loop and the start-sleep statement.

Register Another SMA Webservice in WAP

Once you have succesfully registered a Service URL of Service Management Automation (SMA) in the Administration Site of Windows Azure Pack (WAP) you cannot register another SMA Service URL there. You must first remove the SMA Service URL registred there before with a PowerShell Script: Credential = Get-Credential $Token = Get-MgmtSvcToken -Type Windows –AuthenticationSite https://localhost:30072 […]

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