Runbook Commander 2.0 released

Second version of this helpful tool is released. Here are the changes compared to version 1.0:

Support for Configuration Manager 2007 – RBC 2.0 now supports both Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 Configuration Manager. Additionally when deploying Runbook Commander bundled with pre-created XML files the installer will determine what version on Configuration Manager Console is being used and appropriately stage the XML extensions files.

New XML Generator Tool – RBC requires custom XML files to be created for each environment. These XML files controll which Orchestrator Runbooks are available for execution from the Configuration Manager environment. The new XML Generator tool handles the XML creation for Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 Configuration Manager. This tool now also allows saving off XML files for use in a pre-staged deployment (see next bullet point). Finally the XML GEN tool has been redesigned for an easier interactive experience.

New Installer – with RBC version 1, the installer basically staged the computer for use with RBC. It was then up to the individual to run the XML generator tool on each machine in order to create the console extension. Alternatively the XML files could have been manually (or scripted) copied to the appropriate location on the target computer. New to version 2, the console extensions XML files can be pre-created and then deployed with RBC allowing for a single and automated installation experience across many computers.

Replace XML Application – RBC 2.0 includes a new application that can be deployed to computers which will replace the console extensions XML. In the situation where new Runbooks need to be added to RBC or old Runbooks need to be removed from RBC, the custom XML would be created using the XML generator tool and then deployed to all machines with the Replace XML application. The replace XML application will appropriately replace the console extension XML and at next launch the Configuration Manager console will be loaded with the updated set of Runbooks.

Console Extensions to the Program Node – RBC Version 1 had support for consoles extensions for devices and collections. I had received a request to add programs which has been completed. I will add more console items as time permits with priority going to those requested.

Drop Down Lists – Added to version 2.0 is the ability to dynamically create drop down lists as parameter values. This will allow the Runbook administrator to provide a list of values on the actual Runbook. These values will then be available from RBC at execution time from the Configuration Manager console. I will detail the creation of these in the soon to complete full documentation.

Fixed IIS Paging Limitation – The Orchestrator Web Service contains a paging mechanism which allows only 50 Rubooks (or other objects) to be retuned at query time. With RBC V1.0 the XML Gen tool would not return all available Runbooks without making modification to the IIS Web Service application settings. The XML GEN 2.0 includes code that gets around the paging feature and will now present all Runbooks at execution time.

Removed Start Menu Shortcuts – As RBC is for the most part initiated from within the Configuration Manager console all start menu shortcuts have been removed. This does mean that if using the XML generator application you will need to navigate to the installation folder and execute directly. This process will be detail in the forthcoming configuration and deployment guide.

Download the new version from here.

System Center 2012 Operations Manager – Alert Update Connector

Another tool for SCOM 2012 is released. The tool have version for SCOM 2007 R2 and now it is updated to work with 2012. If you plan to use such solution I would suggest to replace it with Orchestrator. Orchestrator the tool that will be supported in future versions for such solutions. You can download the connector from here. If you want to learn how to install it and configure it you can read an article in Kevin’s blog.

Free Windows Server 2008 Dashboards for OpsMgr 2012 and TOOL to help create your own Customized Dashboards

Very useful tool for creating dashboards was released by SCOM Team. Download it and learn how to use it here.

Command line utility to start Runbooks in Orchestrator 2012

Robert_Hearn decided to help the community and wrote a nice command utility that can launch runbooks in Orchestrator 2012. Read the article Cool Tool: New Command Line Utility to Start a Runbook” on Orchestrator Team blog.

The Power of the Community: New Tool to “Sanitize” Runbook Exports

When you export runbook from development environment and import in production generally this runbook imports also global settings and global configurations even if they are not referenced by the exported runbook. This is where this tool comes in help. The tool removes these global settings and configurations from the exported runbooks.

Author of the tool is Ryan Andorfer you can find more information about the tool on his blog.

SanitizeExport.exe can be download at codeplex.