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Updated: November 1, 2013

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

The following table provides a brief description of tasks you can accomplish when using each Utilities activity.


Tasks Utilities Activities

Transform XML files.

Apply XSLT

Perform an XPath query on an XML file.

Query XML

Transform existing published data or variable items into new content.

Map Published Data

Compare two text values or two numerical values and determine whether or not they are equal.

Compare Values

Create or add information to an HTML file.

Write Web Page

Read lines in a structured text log file.

Read Text Log

Write a row into a database table.

Write to Database

Query a database and return the resulting rows as published data.

Query Database

Invoke a runbook when a counter has reached a specific value.

Monitor Counter

Retrieve the value of a counter and return it as a published data item.

Get Counter Value

Increment and decrement a counter and reset it to its default value.

Modify Counter

Run a web service with XML parameters you specify.

Invoke Web Services

Transform existing date and time formats into customized formats.

Format Date/Time

Generate random strings of text.

Generate Random Text

Map a network path.

Map Network Path

Disconnect a network path.

Disconnect Network Path

Connect to a dial-up or VPN network.

Connect/Disconnect Dial-up

Get the status of a dial-up or VPN network.

Get Dial-up Status

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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