Are you coming to Ignite? Come join us for a discussion on your challenges with SCORCH

We would like to invite you to join us for a discussion on the future of System Center and how we can improve SCORCH. This is an opportunity for you to meet the System Center leadership team and influence the direction of the product. We will have dedicated tables to discuss various topics with members… Read more

Community Spotlight: New Configuration Manager Extension to Invoke Orchestrator Runbooks via Right-Click Action

I just saw this come through my email and I had to share it, and I admit I’m a little jealous and a little relieved at the same time. You see I have had the idea of writing an extension to Configuration Manager to launch Orchestrator runbooks via the right-click menu for some time now,… Read more

Community Spotlight: Integration Scenario for Orchestrator and Service Manager

Antoni Hanus, a Premier Field Engineer in California, recently wrote a blog article about integrating Orchestrator and Service Manager in a real world customer scenario. Here’s how he puts the scenario: “I was working with a customer this week who had an interesting scenario – in the System Center 2012 Service Manager Self Service Portal… Read more

Cool Tool: Orchestrator IP Cleaner (sneak peek)

When I was writing the article I posted a few days ago about importing IPs programmatically (More Fun with COM: Importing Integration Packs via PowerShell), I had to do a lot of testing to make sure the script was going to actually work and import the Integration Packs correctly. Along the way, I would up… 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

Community Spotlight: Putting a “Send Popup” Activity Back in Orchestrator

In the previous Opalis release, we shipped a standard activity called “Send Popup”, which used the Windows messaging system to create a popup on a user’s desktop. We removed that activity because the method we used was incompatible with Windows Server 2008 (it only worked on older platforms). However, it was a good activity for… Read more

Community Spotlight: New Tool to “Sanitize” Runbook Exports

Ryan Andorfer, one of our favorite members of the Orchestrator community, has done it again. He has come out with a new utility to help administrators sanitize their runbook export files.Here’s what Ryan has to say: A ‘difficulty’ we have with migrating policies / Runbooks from one environment (dev) to another (QA / Prod) is… Read more