SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Schedules

Schedules enable you to define when a Workflow or Activity can run. For example, there may be times when it is inappropriate to run some Workflows, such as running a backup Workflow on a main server during regular business hours. 1. Checking a Schedule This Workflow uses the Check Schedule Activity to match the current … Continue reading SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Schedules

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SCORCH : Remediating SCOM Alerts Using Orchestrator

IT Snacks!

One of the most effective Orchestrator runbooks is the ability to remediate SCOM alerts, If you receive a certain SCOM alert and you used to solve it following manual tasks everytime, you can create a runbook which can automate it all..

It is assumed that there is a SCOM server up and running monitoring an IIS8 website and integrated with SCO.

without further ado let’s jump in :-

This is the final runbook we are going to create and I will walk you through some activities :-

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As you see we are going to create a runbook that will investigate the stoppage and the unavailability of an IIS 8 website, without Orchestrator you used to ping the related server, check IIS services and make sure they are all up and running, we can make all that in one runbook to ping the related server and to check for any stopped…

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SCORCH : Create your first simple Orchestrator runbook (Automating AD User Account Creation)

IT Snacks!

Welcome to the blog .. to be simple .. System Center Orchestrator is a workflow tool dedicated to automate repeated tasks .. this is done by integrating SCO with other systems by using what is called the integration packs and setting conditions that will trigger the solution you design “The Runbook” to do the repeated tasks you used to do one by one automatically reducing time and cost, I assume you have a little knowledge of Orchestrator as this blog is not dedicated to be an intro to SCO neither explaining SCO architecture ..

In this blog we will do the following (high level steps):-

1- Set the initialize data activity to receive the AD user account first name, last name and SAM account name (login name), get this activity from the “Runbook Control” area in the activities list.

2- Use the “Generate Random Text” activity to generate a random…

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SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Computer Groups

System Center 2012 – Orchestrator is designed to interact with all of your data center systems. Computer groups let you target selected activities against a set of similar computer systems instead of a single computer. By configuring the activities in your runbook to use a computer group, you have the flexibility to add computers dynamically … Continue reading SCORCH : An introduction to Orchestrator – Computer Groups

In telemetry we trust?

More than patches

Telemetry is one of those things that tends to divide a room. On one hand it’s productive and accurate feedback for your product of choice and on the other hand it’s big brother spying on what you’re doing in that product. I wanted to share a recent experience with you based on my recent upgrade of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to the recent 1710 release as it may make you change your mind.

The long awaited 1710 release was made available last week a little before midnight in the UK on 20/11/17 (or 11/20 in the US Smile). The next morning I fired up my lab which runs the current branch version of SCCM, ran the early update ring PowerShell script and proceeded to whizz through the wizard in a speedy not hastily fashion. This was lab after all so on with the day job and I’ll check…

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