Automation in 2020

So what is to expect for Automation in 2020? I think System Center Orchestrator will still take a role for automating IT workflows for on premises systems. Companies will still use, improve and expand their workflows for automating user and VM management. The end user portal from System Center Service Manager has a native connector […]

SCSM Workflows stuck and Connectors do not sync

In a customer environment we had the problem that Workflows in System Center Service Manager suddenly stopped running. Service Request stuck in status “new” and the Connectors stopped working. There are several posts in the internet with a common method to fix this: Stop System Center Services, clear the cache folder and start the services […]

Working with PDFs with PowerShell in “Run .Net Script” Activites

This month I helped our own Administration Team automating their tasks with PDF documents. The tasks are splitting PDF documents based on content and rename the new PDF docs based on content. With the Orchestrator “Run .Net Script” Activity you can execute Windows Powershell Script and use the Published Data from the Activities completed before […]

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator has been released

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator. According to Microsoft this issues are fixed with UR8 for SCO 2016: Runbook performing SQL query activity returns NULL value for the Time and XML column. Exporting and Importing runbooks into upgraded SCO environment returns empty catalogue value in the properties for query database […]

Microsoft has updated his System Center Roadmap

Microssoft has stopped the Semi-Annual Channel for System Center, see here for details. The roadmap for “Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC)” can be downloaded here ( Update Rollups for the System Center 2016 and System Center 2019 will be released at a regular cadence of 6 months. Update Rollups for System Center 2019 will include features […]

Multiple Recipients with the “Create and Send E-Mail” Activity

If you want to address mulitiple recipients with the Create and Send E-Mail” Activity from the System Center Integration Pack for Exchange User you must specify the recipients sperated with comma (,) and no spaces: Oherwise you will get an error At least one recipient isn’t valid., Recipient “;” isn’t resolved. All recipients must be resolved before […]

Microsoft released also System Center 2109 Integration Packs for 3rd party Systems

Beside the System Center 2019  Orchestrator Integration Packs for Microsoft Products (System Center, AD, Exchange, Sharepoint) Microsoft released also IPs for 3rd party systems. This are the IPs who are available since SC 2012. Unfortunately it seems that Microsoft supports the IPs only for old versions of the systems to integrate: System Center 2019 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere […]

Microsoft released Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 7 for SC2016 Orchestrator. In UR7 this issues are fixed: Monitor Data/Time triggers runbook immediately even when configured to trigger at a specific time. SCO 2016 integration pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2016 UR4 or later does not work with Runbook Servers or the Runbook Designer when SCOM is […]

Unboxing System Center 2019 Orchestrator

Since middle of March 2019 System Center 2019 is general available. The Setup contains also Service Management Automation (SMA) and Service Provider Foundation (SPF), like it is the setup of System Center 2012 R2 and System Center 2016. The prerequisites check checks now if the SQL Server Native Client is installed and a download link ( […]

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