Generate Unique VM Name

This small runbook is a demonstration on how to use counters and variables and some basic smart link conditions. It also emphasizes one important difference between Opalis and SC Orchestrator (spoiler: cycles are not allowed! More about this on this cool post:

The scenario for this runbook: You want to create a VM but you want the name to be auto-generated following some basic naming convention and you want to make sure that is unique. You also might have users manually creating VMs using the same naming conventions so you need to check this carefully. The runbook will look like this:

Unique VM Name


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> $Hello = "System"
> $World = "Center"
> Write-host ('$Hello',"$Hello","$World",'$World') -Separator " "

Hi, and welcome to my System Center blog! My name is Valentin, I am a System Center consultant based in Zurich, Switzerland. Since I am a big fan of automating redundant/boring tasks, I chose to focus on Orchestrator and System Center Service Manager, products that bring the whole System Center suite together and unleash its full potential.

I created this blog to share some of my experience and ideas in accomplishing automation and also to write down some self-reminders. :)

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