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Glossary for Opalis Integration Server 6.3


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

The following table lists Opalis Integration Server 6.3 terms and the Orchestrator terms that replace them. A brief definition is included for each term.

Opalis Integration Server 6.3 term

System Center 2012 - Orchestrator term


Action server

runbook server

A runbook server is a computer that receives an instance of a runbook and runs the sequence of activities. Runbook servers communicate directly with the orchestration database; they do not require a management server to run runbooks.


Runbook Designer

See definition for Opalis client.

custom start

initialize data

The initial runbook activity defined in a runbook to provide user-defined input parameters for the runbook.


orchestration database

The orchestration database is a SQL Server database containing configuration information, runbooks, and logs for Orchestrator.

foundation object

standard activity

The set of runbook activities available in a default installation. This includes monitors, tasks, and all runbook controls.



The tasks used to create a runbook.

Object palette

Activities pane

The Activities pane is located in the tasks pane in the Runbook Designer. Collections of activities are grouped by function or integration pack.

Opalis client

Runbook Designer

An application used to create, modify, and deploy runbooks.

Operator console

Orchestration console

The interface that enables a user to see available runbooks, the real-time status of jobs and running instances, view their status, and start or stop runbooks, jobs, or instances.



A runbook is a collection of activities that orchestrates actions, events, and tasks.

Policy folder

runbook folder

A folder that contains one or more runbooks.

policy module

job process

A request to run a specific runbook that is waiting for assignment to a runbook server for processing.

Policy Testing Console

Runbook Tester

The tool used by Runbook Designers to test policies before deployment.

publish policy data

Published Data

Published Data is a runbook activity used to publish data from the runbook back to a calling (parent) runbook.



A job is a request to deploy and run a runbook on a runbook server. Jobs are stored in the orchestration database queue.

trigger policy

Invoke Runbook

An Invoke Runbook activity calls another runbook from within a runbook. The Invoke Runbook activity can optionally wait for the called runbook to finish before proceeding. Data is returned from the invoked runbook by using the Returned Data activity. It is equivalent to the function call found in many programming languages.

workflow control

runbook control

A collection of standard activities that manage how runbook logic behaves.

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