Updated: May 13, 2016

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

The following table provides a brief description of tasks you can accomplish when using each Utilities activity.

Tasks Utilities Activities
Transform XML files. Apply XSLT
Perform an XPath query on an XML file. Query XML
Transform existing published data or variable items into new content. Map Published Data
Compare two text values or two numerical values and determine whether or not they are equal. Compare Values
Create or add information to an HTML file. Write Web Page
Read lines in a structured text log file. Read Text Log
Write a row into a database table. Write to Database
Query a database and return the resulting rows as published data. Query Database
Invoke a runbook when a counter has reached a specific value. Monitor Counter
Retrieve the value of a counter and return it as a published data item. Get Counter Value
Increment and decrement a counter and reset it to its default value. Modify Counter
Run a web service with XML parameters you specify. Invoke Web Services
Transform existing date and time formats into customized formats. Format Date/Time
Generate random strings of text. Generate Random Text
Map a network path. Map Network Path
Disconnect a network path. Disconnect Network Path
Connect to a dial-up or VPN network. Connect/Disconnect Dial-up
Get the status of a dial-up or VPN network. Get Dial-up Status