OIT Quick Tip: Using PowerShell Switch Parameters in CLI Activities

One of the common parameter types in PowerShell is the switch parameter. It’s basically a Boolean (true/false) type of parameter, and you either add it to the command line or not. Here’s an example: get-scoevents get-scoevents –formatXML The above command does the same thing in either case, it just formats the output differently.Now if you… Read more

Engage with engineering team on Orchestrator / SMA

If you are currently using Orchestrator or SMA and would like to engage with the engineering team on challenges you currently have, we would appreciate if you could reach out to us through this contact survey. As we look at our work for System Center 2016, we would like to make sure that we address… Read more

Understanding Sequential vs. Parallel Processing of Runbook Activities

I saw a question in the forums the other day by a person who asked how you should expect activities in a workflow to be executed when one of the activities generates multi-value data. In other words, one of my activities returns a list of things. How do the next activities react? Will they run… Read more

Using Windows Task Scheduler to Invoke Scheduled Runbooks

This article is a follow-on to my previous post, Cool Tool: New Command Line Utility to Start a Runbook, where I talked about using the web service to quickly start a runbook with named parameters. Now it’s time to put that into action! Orchestrator administrators know that Orchestrator is not built to be a scheduling… Read more

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator is now available

Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below. 2931268 – Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2931268) J.C…. Read more

Service Management Automation: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Your Runbooks

As a savvy customer who creates automation solutions for managing the services enabled with the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) you are of course getting very familiar with the new Service Management Automation (SMA) capability. SMA enables you to automate the repetitive and complex tasks in your datacenter and to integrate with other systems in order… Read more

Authoring SMA Runbooks in the PowerShell ISE

While Service Management Automation (SMA) provides a cool web-based runbook authoring experience in the Windows Azure Pack, many folks are more comfortable using a good old-fashioned tool they’re already familiar with to write PowerShell – the Windows PowerShell ISE. While in theory it should be very easy to write SMA runbooks in the PowerShell ISE… Read more

Service Management Automation: Portable Modules – What, Why, and How

If you’ve started playing around with the new wild and wonderful Service Management Automation (SMA) feature of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, you may have noticed that the product includes a bunch of PowerShell modules out of the box for you to use in your SMA runbooks. You may also have noticed that a bunch… Read more