Orchestrator Link Best Practices

I think that everyone understands that labeling and color coding your links is a wonderful best practice; it really makes everything much easier to follow. The problem is that I am pretty lazy and hate actually changing these properties. So, to fix this problem I have updated the Orchestrator Administration project to include functionality for setting what we internally have defined as best practices for link modifications on exports. The two sub projects of this project have been updated to reflect this change (that is the integration pack for exporting runbooks https://scorch.codeplex.com/releases/view/92063 and the parse orchestrator export GUI tool https://scorch.codeplex.com/releases/view/104915).

What are the Best Practices

We defined the best practices as follows

  1. If a link comes from an object that is flattened, modify the name of the link to reflect
  2. If a link has a delay modify the name to show the delay and if a color is not set change it to blue
  3. If a link is a ‘success’ of previous object change it to green and add success to the name
  4. If the link is a ‘always continue’ (success, warning, failure) of previous object update link name to always and change color to green width 2
  5. If the link is a ‘failure’ or ‘failure or warning’ of previous object update link name to failure and set color to red
  6. If there are other criteria (multiple criteria or based on property of previous object) set link to orange and add custom criteria to the end

What does it look like?

Here is an example of a runbook pre-export and link modification

And post modification

How to set it up on the export runbook object

Set the optional property

How to use it on the Parse Orchestrator Export Tool


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9 comments on “Orchestrator Link Best Practices
  1. steve says:

    Nice functionality update, is it possible to add in the option for the operator to add in conditions for color and naming standards. Eg of this color this and set name and desc to this. We have a standard to pass a standard error value of 1 from all runbooks and success value of 0 so I would like to color links based on this

  2. Michael says:

    when I try to use the Orchestrator Export Tool, I always get the following error:

    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    at ParseOrchestratorExport.Form1.setupTreeRoots(TreeNode treeRoot, TreeNode& RunbookNode, TreeNode& VariablesTreeNode, TreeNode& SchedulesTreeNode, TreeNode& CountersTreeNode, TreeNode& ComputerGroupsTreeNode, TreeNode& GlobalConfigurationsNode, TreeNode& ASCUsersTreeNode)
    at ParseOrchestratorExport.Form1.reloadTree()
    at ParseOrchestratorExport.Form1.button2_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    ************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5466 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version:
    CodeBase: file:///C:/01_tools/ParseOpalisExport.exe
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5468 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5467 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5467 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/

    ************** JIT Debugging **************
    To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
    application or computer (machine.config) must have the
    jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
    The application must also be compiled with debugging

    For example:

    When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
    will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
    rather than be handled by this dialog box.

  3. Michael says:

    I get this error message when I click on Parse.
    Toll and dll are located in the same folder.

  4. Michael says:

    Hi Ryan,
    with the new version it’s working fine!
    Thank you.


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