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How to Work With Runbooks in the Orchestration Console

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

Use the following steps to run a runbook, to view the status of the jobs and instances of a runbook, and to stop a job in the Orchestration console.

To run a runbook in the Orchestration console

  1. Click Runbooks to open the Runbooks workspace.

  2. If the runbook is located in a folder, select the folder in the Runbooks pane.

  3. Click the Runbooks tab in the results pane.

  4. Select the runbook, and then in the Actions pane, click Start Runbook.

  5. If the runbook requires parameters, they are listed in the Runbook Parameters pane. Click the Value column for each runbook and type a value for the runbook to use.

  6. If you want to run the runbook on a server other than its default, click a server in the Available Runbook Server(s) pane, and then click the right arrow to add the server to the Selected Runbook Server(s) pane.

    noteNote
    If you add multiple servers to the Selected Runbook Server(s) pane, the runbook runs only on the first server if it is available. The other servers are backup servers where the runbook runs only if the primary server is not available.

  7. Click Start.

To view the status of a runbook in the Orchestration console

  1. Click Runbooks to open the Runbooks workspace.

  2. If the runbook is located in a folder, select the folder in the Runbooks pane.

  3. Select the Runbooks tab in the results pane.

  4. Select the runbook.

  5. To view all jobs that the runbook created, in the Actions pane, select View Jobs.

  6. To view all instances that the runbook created, in the Actions pane, select View Instances.

To stop a runbook in the Orchestration console

  1. Click Runbooks to open the Runbooks workspace.

  2. If the runbook is located in a folder, select the folder in the Runbooks pane.

  3. Click the Runbooks tab in the results pane.

  4. Select the runbook, and then in the Actions pane, click Stop Runbook.

  5. Click OK to the message to confirm that you want to stop the jobs.

  6. If the runbook was started successfully, you receive a confirmation message that the job was stopped. If the runbook has no running jobs, you receive a message that no job was running.

See Also

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

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