Advanced Schedules in Azure Automation

hanks to the feedback of the customers there are now advanced scheduling options for Runbooks in Azure Automation. You can configure the recurrence to recur every x hour, day, week or month. In “week” you can specify the weekdays.   Really looking forward to have this similar in SMA (Service Management Automation) in the next […]

That´s (to expect) new in System Center 2016 Orchestrator and SMA

Microsoft has released Technical Preview 5 for System Center 2016 (and Windows Server 2016) some weeks ago (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-techn). I can find no official statement from Microsoft sites until now, but some other sources like ZDNet.com declare it as „feature complete““. I believe it’s the final version before RTM as well and not too much changes […]

System Center Orchstrator Migration Toolkit with Runbook Converter available

System Center Orchestrator Migration Toolkit is availabe with Runbook Converter: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47323 It  consists of three components: „Integration Pack Converter”,  „Standard Activities module” and „Runbook Converter” which converts Orchestrator Runbooks for import into graphical Runbooks in Azure Automation. „Integration Pack Converter” and  „Standard Activities module” are like the beta I described in one of my previous posts: Some […]

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 […]

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