New version out! a few bugs have been fixed, and the mappings are now kept properly! (see changelog below) Download from TechNet Gallery Have you ever tried to transfer some Request Offerings that contains runbooks from one environment to the other? You will notice that is it not possible by default. Problem is that the links to the runbooks do not work anymore since all the runbooks has been re-imported and have been assigned new IDs. by using this easy 4 step procedure you can accomplish a successful transfer! How to (also in ReadMe): Step 1 – [...]
When using orchestrator, a lot of activities contain a filter Get Alert / Monitor Alert is some of them. The following workaround is tested for the above 2 activities, but i think it does apply to other filter activities too. (have not had the time to test yet, comments are welcomed!). I ran into an unexpected behavior today: I was using a filter saying “TicketId Does not equal No Automatic Escalation”, and i was expecting to get alle alerts that did not have this text in the field. but I did not get all of them!. I only got [...]
Are you experiencing problems when using advanced SOAP XML payloads in “Invoke Web Services”? I did! it seems to work properly, but some parameters did not get filled correctly. After some testing i discovered that the parameters in the XML payload has to be in the correct order!! If not, the parameters “in between” will be filled by NULL, and then later it will ignore or skip the rest of the parameters if they appear in the wrong order!! The reason is that it is using the DataContractSerializer. thanks to by colleague Claus for finding this forum thread there they [...]
New version out! a few bug have been fixed, and error messages now appear properly
SCO 2012: Updating the stored procedures in the database to remove deleted objects from the Authorization Cache
As you might know, Orchestrator never deleted anything from the database, instead it marks the object as deleted. Ryan talks about it in this blog post about undeleting objects. Read more here In my Lab environment I import and delete a lot of runbooks. A couple of weeks ago i hit a point where the web service did not show all objects. After a thorough investigation i found out that the authorization cache was too big to be generated within the giving time. Therefore the web service would timeout before the cache was complete. I tried to delete objects, [...]
Ryan and his team has done it again! They have released a replacement for the built-in “Runbook Automation Activity”
If you are using the Exchange Admin Integration Pack. You might have tried to use the run exchange shell cmdlet" activity and disocvered that the result is kind special in formatting. Your result will look similar to this: [PSComputerName: ex2010.cloud.local] [RunspaceId: f30b4063-2b50-4609-9f84-91a480ac4bea] [Database: Mailbox Database 1872261918] [UseDatabaseRetentionDefaults: True] [RetainDeletedItemsUntilBackup: False] to help you , i have created a function for powershell that does it job: [crayon-5b4f2ed91e4de941843867/] use the function as shown here: [crayon-5b4f2ed91e4f1553392929/] The function created a key/pair collection containing all parts of the result, you then use the standard dot or  syntax to get [...]
Have you ever tried to transfer some Request Offerings that contains runbooks from one environment to the other? You will notice that is it not possible by default. This utility can help you accomplish the task!
How to remove lost computers from the list of designers in System Center Orchestrator 2012
One way of handling multiple branches that does the same job, and use the result from each one of them.
SCO 2012 Tricks: Change Integration Pack Connection name when transferring runbooks between environments
How to replace the connection name when transferring runbook from one environment to another
Links to videos of all 3 sessions i did at www.nic2012.com on Orchestrator
Converting flatten data to multi-value executions in Orchestrator 2012
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Using Web Service in .NET – Part 1 – Creating a SharePoint 2010 Web part
How to create a simple web part for SharePoint that is connecting to the Orchestrator Web Service Sample project attatached.
How to install the new System center Orchestrator Beta on a server that was previously a Opalis 6.3, when the setup insists that opalis is currently installed, even though you have uninstalled it.
Read all the details in Adam Hall blog Article It contains all the links you need! http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2011/06/17/orchestrator-2012-beta-all-the-useful-links.aspx Downloading as we speak, looking forward to testing the new version in my test environments! I will be blogging about different parts of the orchestrator for the next few months.