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How to Test a Runbook

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

After you build a runbook, you can test it before it is run in production. To test, you use the Runbook Tester which you start in the Runbook Designer. The Runbook Tester lets you run the runbook to view the Published Data from each activity. You can run through the entire runbook, step through each activity one at a time, or set breakpoints at certain activities.

To test a runbook

  1. In the Runbook Designer, open the runbook, and on the menu bar, click Runbook Tester.

  2. If prompted, click Yes to check out the runbook.

  3. To run through the runbook from beginning to end without stopping, click Run to Breakpoint.

    If you want to step through it one activity at a time, click Step.

  4. View the Log pane to see the completion status of each activity. To view the details and Published Data from an activity, select the activity, and click Show Details.

To set a breakpoint

  1. Select the activity on which to set the breakpoint.

  2. Click Toggle Breakpoint.

  3. Click Run to Breakpoint.

    Each activity up to the breakpoint runs. The runbook pauses before running the activity with the breakpoint.

  4. To continue through to the end of the runbook, click Run to Breakpoint again, or to step through it one activity at a time, click Step.

See Also

Other Resources

Design and Build Runbooks

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