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  • Blog Post: IP Development Best Practices: Declarative, Imperative or Both?

    When I first started working with Opalis (now Orchestrator) and the SDK, I was taught that you could create activities (and Integration Packs) using the declarative approach or the imperative approach. The way it was relayed, these were two mutually-exclusive paths toward the same end goal. As I work...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tool: New Command Line Utility to Start a Runbook

    I was talking with one of the other Program Managers on the team the other day about how he wanted to be able to launch a runbook as part of a remediation task in Operations Manager, and how it would be great if he has some command-line utility that would enable him to do that quickly via a simple command...
  • Blog Post: Getting Deeper Information from orchestrator via COM, part 2

    In the last post , I showed you how to use PowerShell to connect to the Orchestrator COM interface for getting (and setting) various types of information. Now I’m going to run through a quick demo of how to get things like global resources (variables, counters, etc.) from COM and even modify them if...
  • Blog Post: Stepping through Custom Activity Code using the Debugger

    One of the first questions people have when they start writing custom Orchestrator activities using the SDK is “How do I step through my code?”. After all, activities are not executables, they’re just classes. And, it’s not until the classes are packaged with the Orchestrator Integration Pack Wizard...
  • Blog Post: Adding an Options Menu Configuration to Custom Activities

    Yesterday, I wrote about how to debug a custom activity using Visual Studio . Today I’m going to show you how to add an item to the Options Menu so that you can have a reusable configuration setting that can be used across multiple activities in an IP. This is typically used for configuring connection...