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 […]

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 […]

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