System Center Orchestrator Query: Execution Count Per Activity

Good Day – I am currently traveling from Texas to Florida with my family, a half froze turkey, and the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner that will not be beat. I’m coming to you now from rainy New Orleans were we have stopped for some Beignets, Chicory Coffee and a Central Market Muffaletta for lunch….


System Center Orchestrator Query: Mapping Invoke Runbook Activities to Destination Runbooks

If you have attended any Orchestrator training, best practices session, read any book, blog, or article about design practices, you have most probably been advised to keep your Runbooks small and modular. So for example, instead of having one large Runbook which includes an activity to place a computer into Operations Manager maintenance mode, have one…


Invoking Orchestrator Runbooks during a Virtual Machine Manager Service Template Deployment

Not only does System Center Virtual Machine Manager have the ability to deploy complete multi-tier services with flexible capacity, SCVMM also provides flexibility in terms of automating the configuration of these service deployments. That said, there is some room to tack on additional deployment, configuration, or validation automation onto these service deployments. For instance, let’s assume…


Building Intelligent Delay Within Orchestrator Runbook Solutions: Activity Looping

Often times when automating a multi-step process, there is a need to build into this automation a certain amount of delay. For instance, if I have rebooted an application server, we not only need to wait for the OS to come back online, but also the application host services to come back online before adding the…


MMS2013 Session Now on Channel 9 – Patching a Hyper-V Cluster with Orchestrator / Configuration Manager – Including Downloadable Runbook Exports!!!

Good day all – if you were able to attend MMS2013 hope you had a great time, if not, no worries you are in luck. All MMS2013 sessions should now be available on Channel 9. Check out my session ‘Complex Maintenance Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Orchestrator: Patching a Cluster’ – ….


Come Check Out My MMS 2013 Sessions

MMS 2013 is right around the corner. While at the conference, I will be delivering one session and appearing as a guest in a second one. In each session I will be demonstrating solutions based on the interaction between System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Orchestrator SP1. Come check them out…


Determine if CU1 has been applied to a 2012 Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Site, Admin Console, and Client – Where’s the Versioning?

With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU1 deployments starting to roll, I have received a few inquiries into how to determine if CU1 has been appropriately applied. As a cumulative update is not a major update, the version of your Configuration Manager Site will not be incriminated. That said, both the Configuration Manager Administration…