4 Orchestrator Runbooks Every SCOM Administrator Should Know About

“How can System Center 2012 Orchestrator help me with System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM)?”  is a question I still get reasonably often. There are definitely many ways Orchestrator can help with SCOM, from maintenance mode, to alert remediation, to creating custom monitoring. Here are four runbooks every SCOM administrator should look into for smoother monitoring operations.


[SCOrch] Automatically Reset Unhealthy Unit Monitors (when alert closed in error by a human)

This sample runbook is critical because it eliminates the need for the old “Green Machine” utility or heavy PowerShell scripts that scan every monitor looking for monitors that are red, but have no alert. In fact, it does these legacy solutions one better, as it addresses the problem “as you go”, resulting in a much lighter footprint.

HOW-TO: Restart ANY Windows Service (on SCOM Alert) From a Single Orchestrator Runbook

This sample runbook provides a way to go beyond setting up VBScript based recovery tasks in SCOM monitors, providing a way to restart any service that raises an alert in SCOM from a single runbook!

How to restart a Linux Service (Daemon) with System Center 2012 Orchestrator

If you are monitoring Linux and UNIX systems in SCOM and using he daemon monitoring template (in the Authoring workspace of the SCOM console), this runbook is one you should check out. It will restart *NIX daemons with the Run SSH Command activity in Orchestrator.

THE OpsMgr 2012 Server Maintenance Mode (Windows and UNIX) Runbook for Orchestrator 2012

Here’s a computer maintenance mode runbook that will put any computer into maintenance mode, Windows, Linux or UNIX.



These are not runbooks, but articles related to Orchestrator that may give you ideas for solutions of your own.

How to Initiate a Runbook from PowerShell and Orchestrator Web Service THE EASY WAY

OpsMgr 2012: Group Maintenance Mode via PowerShell (the way it should be)


Additional Reading

Hopefully this example motivates you to check out a few other runbook samples that can make a big difference in your environment. If this one was helpful, check out some of these Orchestrator articles.

How to Enable Automated CSV-Import On-Demand in SCSM 2012 with Orchestrator

[SCOrch] Automatically Reset Unhealthy Unit Monitors (when alert closed in error by a human)

Orchestrator JumpStart Series

2 thoughts on “4 Orchestrator Runbooks Every SCOM Administrator Should Know About

  1. usman akram

    Hi Pete,

    Can you help me with an example of creating a runbook to bulk import AD user accounts details from XML/CSV file using system center Orchestrator, which will create AD accounts, put them in groups and then create their exchange mail accounts.

    Thank you.

  2. Tommy Gunn

    Usman, please post your questions in the support forum and all can try to assist. http://www.systemcentercentral.com/forums-archive/forums/orchestrator/

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