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Monitor File

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator

The Monitor File activity invokes a runbook when files that you specify in folders and sub-folders have changed. You can monitor a file that indicates the completion of a transaction. For example, there are nightly transfers sent to your runbook server, and when the transfer is complete a file with the name "Complete" is written to the folder. This activity can automatically invoke a runbook that processes all the files in the folder when the "Complete" file is created.

Configuring the Monitor File Activity

Use the following information to configure the Monitor File activity.

Details Tab

Settings Configuration Instructions

In folder

Type the path to the file that you are monitoring, or use the ellipsis (...) button to browse for it.

Include sub-folders

Select this option to copy any files within the sub-folders of the path you have specified that match the filename that you have specified.

Filters

Create filters with custom criteria for the files that you want to monitor. Perform the following for each filter that you want to create:

  1. Click Add to open the Filter Settings dialog box.

  2. From the Name drop-down list, select the criteria that you want to use. The Relation and Value menu options present custom options according to the criteria that you select from the Name list.

  3. Select options from the Relation and Value items.

  4. Click OK.

Triggers Tab

Settings Configuration Instructions

Trigger if one of the files was

Select a condition to invoke the activity if the condition in the monitored file is true.

Trigger if file properties changed

Select a condition to invoke the activity if the condition in the monitored file is true.

Authentication Tab

Settings Configuration Instructions

User name

Type the user name required to access the folder if it is on a remote computer.

Password

Type the password required to access the folder if it is on a remote computer.

Published Data

The following table lists the published data items.

 

Item Description

Change type

The type of changed that was detected on the file.

Name and path of the file

The name and path of the file that was monitored.

Include sub-folders

Indicates that the Include sub-folders check box was selected.

Notify if changed

Indicates that the Changed check box was selected.

Notify if created

Indicates that the Created check box was selected.

Notify if deleted

Indicates that the Deleted check box was selected.

Notify if renamed

Indicates that the Renamed check box was selected.

Origin Folder

The folder that the monitored file was stored in.

Notify if file attributes changed

Indicates that the Attributes check box was selected.

Notify if file creation time changed

Indicates that the Creation time check box was selected.

Notify if file last access time changed

Indicates that the Last access time check box was selected.

Notify if file last write time changed

Indicates that the Last write time check box was selected.

Notify if file security changed

Indicates that the Security check box was selected.

User name

The user name used to access the folder if it was on a remote computer.

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