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Deploying Runbooks

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

There are tools available in Orchestrator to help you manage the versions of your runbooks. These tools are described in the following sections.

Version Control

In System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, multiple users can create and update runbooks. However, only one user at a time can make changes to a runbook. This protects your work from being overwritten by someone else with the same permission level.

To edit a runbook, you must check it out. Another user cannot edit that runbook until you either commit all changes by checking the runbook in or revert all changes by undoing the checkout.

Check In and Check Out

  • Check Out: When a user is editing a runbook, the runbook is checked out and cannot be edited by anyone else. If someone else is already editing the runbook, a pop-up window opens informing you that someone is already editing the runbook.

  • Check In: When a user editing the runbook performs a Check In operation, all changes that were made are committed, and other users can then edit the runbook after they check it out. Check in comments describe the changes that have been made.

  • Undo Check Out: When a user editing the runbook performs an Undo Check Out operation, all changes that were made are reverted after the runbook was checked out. After the Undo Check Out operation is completed, another user can edit the runbook.

Audit Log

When a runbook has been changed and is checked in by a user, an entry appears in the Audit History log.

TipTip
When a runbook has been altered to a state where it is no longer functioning, you can select the Audit History tab at the bottom of the Runbook Designer to see the changes that were made and then reverse them.

To view runbook change details

  1. In the Runbook Designer, select the Audit History tab at the bottom, double-click the entry item to open the Details dialog box.

  2. In the Name column, click each item in the list to view the changes that were made.

  3. When you select an item, the Action type displays beneath the Activities box. For example, Action: Modified or Action: Added. When you select the Action: Modified type, the Attribute, Old Value, and New Value are listed in the bottom text box.

See Also

Other Resources

Deploy and Start Runbooks

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

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