Orchestration Core release notes

Orchestration Core (Orchestration) product enhancements and updates in the Geneva release.

New in the Geneva release

Active Directory activity pack The Active Directory (AD) activity pack has been refactored as a scoped application. The activities it contains were built using the Powershell activity template, which allows data from these activities to be leveraged on the databus. The Add AD User to Group activity was added to the pack for group management. The converted AD activities have been moved from the Core tab of the Workflow Editor to the Packs tab.

Existing workflows from earlier versions that use legacy Active Directory activities continue to function normally after an upgrade to Geneva. Use of the legacy activities in new workflows is discouraged, but can be accomplished by reconfiguring the activity definition.

Exchange activity pack The Exchange activity pack has been refactored as a scoped application. The activities it contains were built using the Powershell activity template, which allows data from these activities to be leveraged on the databus. The Exchange activities have been moved from the Core tab of the Workflow Editor to the Packs tab.

Existing workflows from earlier versions that use legacy Exchange activities continue to function normally after an upgrade to Geneva. Use of the legacy activities in new workflows is discouraged, but can be accomplished by reconfiguring the activity definition.

F5 network management activity pack The F5 activity pack configures elements of an F5 load balancer, using scoped activities built with the REST web services activity template.
Infoblox DDI activity pack The Infoblox activity pack manages the IP addresses used in a network with scoped activities built with the REST web services activity template. Orchestration Core reserves and releases IP addresses for DNS and DHCP through an Infoblox GRID server.
Supported for Infoblox:
  • Web API version 2.0 for REST messages.
  • NIOS appliance version 7.0
SFTP activity pack The SFTP activity pack manages files and directories on an SFTP server and moves files from one SFTP server to another.
SCCM activity pack The Microsoft System Center Configuration Management (SCCM) activity pack manages software deployments and collections on a Microsoft SCCM server, using scoped activities built with the Powershell activity template. You can also use the SCCM activity pack to remove deployed software from user machines without user interaction.
SSH activity pack The SSH activity pack has been refactored as a scoped application. The activities it contains were built using the SSH activity template, which allows data from these activities to be leveraged on the databus. The SSH activities have been moved from the Core tab of the Workflow Editor to the Packs tab.

Existing workflows from earlier versions that use legacy SSH activities continue to function normally after an upgrade to Geneva. Use of the legacy activities in new workflows is discouraged, but can be accomplished by reconfiguring the activity definition.

Powershell activity pack The Powershell activity pack has been refactored as a scoped application. The activities it contains were built using the Powershell activity template, which allows data from these activities to be leveraged on the databus. The Powershell activities have been moved from the Core tab of the Workflow Editor to the Packs tab.

Existing workflows from earlier versions that use legacy Powershell activities continue to function normally after an upgrade to Geneva. Use of the legacy activities in new workflows is discouraged, but can be accomplished by reconfiguring the activity definition.

Client Software Distribution Client Software Distribution (CSD) is an application that automates software requests from the service catalog. CSD integrates with the Software Asset Management application to automate the entitlement, licensing, and distribution of software using third party management systems. CSD includes an integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) using SCCM Discovery and an SCCM activity pack to deploy and revoke software from an SCCM server.

CSD provides reports on distributed software and a dashboard to report license counts, software requests, and installation statuses. An administrator can also use these reports to decide when to revoke deployed software.

JDBC activity provider template Provides a template in the Orchestration activity designer for creating custom activities that execute SQL statements on external data sources. You can use a JDBC activity to transfer data between external data sources
SFTP activity provider template Provides a template in the Orchestration activity designer for creating custom activities that move files between two Linux servers using the SFTP protocol.
JMS activity provider template Provides a template in the Orchestration activity designer for creating custom activities that retrieve or send messages to external systems using the Java Messaging Service.
Orchestration ROI Computes savings resulting from automated tasks in your instance. Orchestration ROI can provide both estimated and actual savings for all your automations. A dashboard of standard reports is included with the application. Detailed ROI reports are available with a subscription to the Performance Analytics - Premium feature.
MID Server domain separation MID Server domain separation prevents an Orchestration workflow running in one domain from sending work to a MID Server in another domain. Domain separation also prevents the credentials of one domain from being available to the MID Server of another domain.
Activity input tests Test the input parameters of a custom activity during its development without having to run the activity in a workflow context. Input tests are available with all activity designer templates except the Run script template.
Auto-mapping The ServiceNow activity designer allows automatic mapping of values from a SOAP or JDBC test payload to activity output variables.

Changed in the Geneva release

  • Advanced scripting: Custom Orchestration activities created with the SSH provider template can run a MID Server script on a target host using any script type that is supported by the SSH command line.
  • OAuth v2: Custom Orchestration activities created with the REST provider template can specify OAuth 2.0 credentials that override the credentials from the REST message definition.
  • Combined authentication: The REST and SOAP provider templates offer a mutual authentication option that uses both basic and certificate authentication.