Transforming 64bit PowerShell into Published Data

The System Center 2012 Orchestrator Run .NET Activity has the ability to run PowerShell scripts and parse data as published data to the next activity. The Run .NET Activity runs PowerShell in 32-bit which is perfectly acceptable on most occasions. However, on some occasions it is maybe necessary to run a cmdlet that is registered in 64-bit PowerShell. There are workarounds, such as to invoke 64-bit PowerShell from within the Run .NET Activity or the Run Program Activity. However, while these maybe acceptable for running the script, parsing Published Data introduces a new level of complexity.

Kelverion have introduced a flexible and more efficient alternative using the Kelverion Data Manipulation IP and the accompanying Runbooks.

Kelverion have developed a set of Orchestrator Runbooks, which combined with the KA Data Manipulation IP, give flexible transformation of Published Data when running 64-bit PowerShell. Driven by PowerShell and the Kelverion Data Manipulation IP, the Runbooks provided deliver practical Use-Case Scenarios for instance.:

  • Retrieving AD User Last Logon Time.
  • Identifying potential Inactive AD User account candidates for removal.
  • Retrieving installed Programs on all or specific computers in AD.

The Runbooks utilise the strengths of the Data Manipulation IP, which for multiple operations across multiple ‘objects’, cannot be equaled using other Standard Activities that use ‘Xpath’.

These Runbooks are provided ready built to demonstrate transforming 64-bit PowerShell into Published Data efficiently.

The Runbooks provide a base for the User to amend and build upon the Runbooks as they please. The only mandatory user requirement is the simple configuration to implement in your environment.

The download package includes the set of Runbooks, user guide and evaluation of the Kelverion IP for Data Manipulation.

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator

Orchestrator is part of Microsoft System Center 2012 and 2016 suite, which provides solutions to manage both Microsoft and non-Microsoft Infrastructure covering event management, configuration management, data protection, virtual machine management, service management and IT Process Automation.

Orchestrator enables dynamic datacenters and is a key component in the delivery of Cloud Computing capabilities.

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