SCSM 2012 / SCO 2012: Replacement Runbook Activity that enables easy transfer between environments.


Ryan and his team has done it again! They have released a replacement for the built-in “Runbook Automation Activity”

The replacement uses Path instead of ID to identify the runbooks.

The Pros

  • Transfer between environments
  • Duplicate offerings and point them to test/dev/prod
  • It is easy to replace a runbook with a new version
  • Much more

The Cons

  • No strict relationship between runbook and SCSM, which makes it possible to replace a runbook (also a pro!)
  • No support on codeplex code for the activity. but source is available!

Ryan has published a blog article that describes it in detail:

and the project can be found here:


Thanks a lot ! and keep up the (very) good work!

By |2013-04-08T10:36:20+01:00April 8th, 2013|Automation, Service Manager (SCSM)|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Twitter: @JakobGSvendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (, Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

He is passionately devoted to the community, to which he contributes by being a moderator at TechNet and sharing his knowledge at

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  • NIC 2012,2013,2014,2015, Oslo (
  • Microsoft CampusDays 2011, 2013, Copenhagen
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  • User group meetings (PSUG.DK , SCUG.DK/BE/NO, AZMUG + more)
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Main working areas:

  • Automation (Azure Automation, SMA, SCO)
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack
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  • Orchestrator
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack


  • Azure Automation
  • Service Management Automation
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • PowerShell, VBScript, C#.Net, VB.Net
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack Development Workshops

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