Building a Runbook


Updated: May 13, 2016

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

This topic describes the basic process for building a System Center 2012 - Orchestrator runbook.


For a list of topics that contain more details about the information covered here, see Runbook data processing.

Step Description
1. Create a runbook. Create an empty runbook in the Runbook Designer.
2. Add activities. Click and drag activities from the Activities pane into the runbook. Include a start point and an end point for the runbook.
3. Link activities. Create and configure smart links between each of the activities to create a complete workflow.
4. Configure runbook properties. Configure the properties for the runbook.
5. Check in the runbook. Save your changes and check in the runbook.

To create a new runbook

  1. On the computer where the Runbook Designer is installed, click Start, point to All Programs, click System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, and then click Runbook Designer.

  2. In Runbook Designer, in the Connections pane, click the Runbooks folder.

  3. In the Connections pane, click the Create a new runbook icon.

  4. In the Runbook Designer Design workspace, right-click the Runbook tab, and then select Rename.

  5. In the Confirm Check out dialog box, click Yes.

  6. Enter a name for the runbook, such as Sample Runbook, and press Enter.

To add and configure activities to your runbook

  1. In the Activities pane, drag an activity to the Design workspace of your runbook.

  2. In the Activities pane, double-click an activity to open the Properties dialog box for that activity.


    For information about specific properties of standard activities, see the Runbook Activity Reference for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator.

  1. To create a link, click and drag the arrow of an activity to another activity.

  2. On the newly created link, double-click the link to open the Link Properties dialog box.


    For information about the properties of links, see the Runbook Activity Reference for System Center 2012 - Orchestrator.

To define the properties of a runbook

  1. Right-click the Runbook tab to select Properties. The Runbook Properties dialog box opens.

  2. Configure the settings on the General tab. The following tables provide the configuration instructions.

  3. Click Finish to save your settings.

To check in your runbook

  • In Runbook Designer, click the Check In icon on the toolbar.

Runbook data processing

Other resources for this product