Want to Use .NET 4.0 with Orchestrator Toolkit IPs? Here’s How!

One of our most awesome test guys on the Orchestrator Team, Zhenhua Yao, who has delivered such goodies as the TFS IP and a PowerShell IP on our CodePlex site, has done it again! Anyone who has built an IP using the Orchestrator SDK knows that you need to set your project to .NET 3.5… Read more

Automating Builds of Orchestrator Integration Packs

From time to time I get questions from partners and some prolific IP developers who want to create IP’s automatically as part of their build process instead of having to go through the wizard each time. This is especially important when you have a lot of activities in the IP and you might be changing… 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

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

Orchestrator Quick Tip: Setting Environment Variables in CLI Activities

Using the Orchestrator Integration Toolkit’s Command-Line Activity Wizard, you can create your own custom activities really easily just by using a simple command line or one-line PowerShell script. When creating activities, you can specify parameters that appear on the activity’s properties tab. When using PowerShell as the “mode” of the activity, the wizard lets you… Read more

Dynamically Modifying Design-Time Properties of an Activity

In the last post, I showed how to create a configuration for an activity that shows up in the options menu. I also showed how you can use that configuration setting to modify the actions of the activity at runtime. In this post, I’ll show you how to modify design-time actions by using the imperative… Read more

Adding an Options Menu Configuration to Custom Activities

Yesterday, I wrote about how to debug a custom activity using Visual Studio. Today I’m going to show you how to add an item to the Options Menu so that you can have a reusable configuration setting that can be used across multiple activities in an IP. This is typically used for configuring connection settings… Read more

Stepping through Custom Activity Code using the Debugger

One of the first questions people have when they start writing custom Orchestrator activities using the SDK is “How do I step through my code?”. After all, activities are not executables, they’re just classes. And, it’s not until the classes are packaged with the Orchestrator Integration Pack Wizard that they truly become activities usable in… Read more