System Center 2019 is GA!

Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2019, the next major release of System Center. System Center 2019 release follows the Windows Server 2019 release last October. Like in System Center 2016 and 2012 R2 the Orchestrator Setup also contains System Center 2019 Orchestrator Service Management Automation (SMA) Service Provider Foundation (SPF) System Center […]

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator available

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is available: It fixes some issues: Configuration of “Get Service Status” is not saved after a check-in. „Write to Database“ activity does not work if TLS 1.2 is enforced. Send platform event activity does not log the event after you upgrade to UR5 and the SCO […]


The behavior in Orchestrator of multiple Published Data is great in the most times: For each result of an Activity the following Activities are triggered. If you have a list of inputs the next Activity will be triggered for each item in the list: But in some cases you might want more control: You don’t […]

Looking inside – The thing with 2>&1

PowerShell  in the Orchestrator „Run .Net Script“ Activity runs per default 32-bit PowerShell in version 2.0. That Orchestrator „Run .Net Script“ Activity uses the version  of PowerShell which is available in .Net Framework , you can create a registry entry. If you don’t want to or can’t create that registry entry for cmdlets which needs a […]

Fix: No Statistics for Runbooks are displayed in Orchestration Console

If your Orchestration Console displays for Instance Statistics or Job Statistics always 0, check your Orchestrator DB: Are there entries in table [Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Statistics.Internal].[Statistics] ? [crayon-5c913c049962b178470612/] If not check if you can start stored Procedure MaintenanceWorker with [crayon-5c913c0499637927788285/] If above shows no errors the statistics should be displayed now. Check and enable SQL Service Broker like […]

Microsoft announced System Center 2019 for Q1 2019 in System Center Roadmap

Microsoft has published a roadmap where System Center 2019 is announced for Q1 2019: . This version will support Windows Server 2019. In Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) Microsoft will released at a lower frequency. The LTSC will continue to provide 5 years of mainstream support followed by 5 more years of extended support. Microsoft has […]

Moving from Orchestrator to Azure Automation

If you plan to move your Orchestrator Runbooks to Azure Automation the good news is: Congratulations! You have defined technically descriptions of you processes to relay on. But perhaps you think using System Center Orchestrator Migration Toolkit is enough to do that transformation. This would be the same as loading all local systems to Azure […]

Set Maintenance Schedule in OpsMgr with PowerShell

Since System Center 2016 you can set a Schedule in Operations Manager for Maintenance Mode. Before you could build a Runbook with Orchestrator and use the „Start Maintenance Mode Activity“ there. But now you can use a PowerShell Script to set the Maintenance Schedule in Operations Manager directly: [crayon-5c913c0499e00100224819/]  

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2016 Orchestrator is available: It fixes some issues: When you view the activity details of a job instance, the Orchestrator Web Console displays the input parameter as a GUID instead of the Display Name of the parameter. Potential denial of service attack vector through sending invalid characters in […]

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