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  • Blog Post: Orchestrator Quick Tip: What’s the Maximum Size of Parameters?

    I see this question on internal discussions list every now and then, so I thought I'd answer it here to be helpful. The question was: Is there a maximum length for string parameters in the Initialize Data activity? And if the answer is “yes” – what would the maximum length for string parameters be? Let...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Your Own Runbook Input Parameter Validation Checking

    Using the “Initialize Data” activity at the beginning of a runbook allows you to provide input parameters to any runbook. This greatly enhances the flexibility of a runbook by allowing it to be called by another runbook or via the web service, and the input parameters supplied to vary the data being...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Using the “Read Text Log” Activity

    I had someone contact me recently with some confusion about the Read Text Log activity in Orchestrator. It seems that it wasn’t quite working the way they expected and they were left scratching their head. So I put together a quick demo runbook and tested it out. I thought I’d share my experience just...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging the power of the Orchestrator Out of Box Standard Activities

    A common question we get is “Do you have an Integration Pack for <insert a product/solution here>?” Charles even wrote ...read more
  • Blog Post: Make Your PowerShell Script Activities Go “Splat”!

    There are always interesting shortcuts and magical techniques to discover in PowerShell, and “splatting” is one of them. Splatting allows you to bundle a set of parameters into a hashtable and then simply using it as single parameter to a PowerShell function or cmdlet. For example, instead of specifying...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Task Scheduler to Invoke Scheduled Runbooks

    This article is a follow-on to my previous post, Cool Tool: New Command Line Utility to Start a Runbook , where I talked about using the web service to quickly start a runbook with named parameters. Now it’s time to put that into action! Orchestrator administrators know that Orchestrator is not built...
  • Blog Post: Creating Single-Instance Runbooks without Queuing

    One of the cool things about Orchestrator is that it can automatically handle multiple-instance threading of runbooks or queue them up depending on your need. For instance, you may have a runbook that processes new users to be added to Active Directory, and for a large company, you might have several...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Using Local Variables in a Runbook

    One of the features in Orchestrator is “Variables”. These are globally-available, statically-defined values (hence the running joke that they’re not actually “variables”, they’re “constants”). They provide a good way to define values that you re-use over and over throughout a number of activities and...
  • Blog Post: Finding Out “How Did I Get Here?” in a Runbook

    I recently saw a new feature suggestion in the Orchestrator feedback on Connect and I realized that we can actually accomplish the requested functionality today in Orchestrator, so I thought I’d share how. Here is the feedback from the customer: There are times when it would be very helpful to know which...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Opalis – Identifying activities that have changed in Orchestrator

    Hi everyone As we have previously indicated , there are some changes in the Standard Activities (what were referred to ...read more
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: Which is Better… Monitoring or Triggering?

    One of the major pieces of functionality in Orchestrator and in many of the Integration Packs the ability to monitor something (a database, a server) and start a runbook when a certain condition occurs. The monitor activities are used extensively by customers in a wide array of scenarios. But is it the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Sequential vs. Parallel Processing of Runbook Activities

    I saw a question in the forums the other day by a person who asked how you should expect activities in a workflow to be executed when one of the activities generates multi-value data. In other words, one of my activities returns a list of things. How do the next activities react? Will they run in parallel...
  • Blog Post: Fun with PowerShell v3 “Robust Sessions” in Runbooks

    A couple of weeks ago, Karl Prosser posted an interesting article on using PowerShell v3 with Orchestrator .And, while at MMS last week, I had an opportunity to sit down and run through one of the PowerShell v3 hands-on labs that were available. In that lab, I found out about the new capabilities around...