What’s the deal with the Runbooks?

Yup, there’s a difference between runbooks and runbooks. Thank you Microsoft for making it easy for us! Let me break it down for you.

On the Orchestrator’s TechNet page we can find the following text:

Topics include how to write, test, and deploy a runbook with System Center 2012 – Orchestrator.

And on the Service Management Automation (SMA) page we can find this:

You automate your tasks by using runbooks, which run Windows PowerShell commands.

So, same name on two different products. With a tiny little difference thanks to the keyword “PowerShell”. Where Orchestrator runbooks are based on activities, the SMA runbooks are completly based on Powershell. Or to be more specific Powershell workflows.

But is it really two different products?

SMA is actually located on the Orchestrator media.


Post-installation it would look something like this on the Orchestrator server:


And liks this on the SMA server:


The “Runbook Service” name is used in both products! (With a slightly different naming convention)

What about the runbook execution service in Orchestrator?


And SMA?


What this? Orchestrator.Sandbox.exe!? Ok..

I guess we can conclude that both products are definitely related!


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