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  • Blog Post: The changing world of Services

    And the last post in this series … Services!  We’ve previously taken a look at the new way we work, the new devices we are using to blend our home and work lives and the new applications that take advantage of these new ways of working.  In the previous post we dove headfirst into how users...
  • Blog Post: App Controller–enabling Application Self Service

    As announced over on the Server Cloud blog, System Center App Controller 2012 Beta is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family, and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both Private and Public clouds.  In this post, we will...
  • Blog Post: Repost–existing Opalis workflow samples and examples

    Seeing some of the suggestions for workflows reminded me that we already have some of these, or at least the foundation for them. Make sure you take a look at the existing Workflow Authoring Examples and Samples that are posted and published on the Opalis blog .
  • Blog Post: DirectAccess, Dynamic Access Control and Rights Management

    We run a hands-on-lab which steps you through the configuration and deployment of DA, DAC and RMS.  I have captured a click-through demo of this live environment and recorded a video of it being done. For your viewing pleasure, enjoy         A.
  • Blog Post: Webcast–Using Opalis to perform DR based on an Application State

    I have recorded a new 2-part Webcast, showcasing the new System Center Integration Packs, and how we can respond to an Application’s State. There are many things we can do in response to an Application State, and many different scenarios we can complete.  In this scenario, we are monitoring an Application...
  • Blog Post: Examining the capabilities of Opalis

    For anyone whose ever been at the receiving end of a request to ‘just grab some info’ or work out how to ‘easily send information’ to and from different technology solutions, Opalis is the solution you will wish you’ve always had. Opalis is that rare breed of technology that has just as much benefit...
  • Blog Post: Using Opalis to automate Standard Operating Procedures

    We use the term Run Book Automation as part of the description of what Opalis does.  This is a very good description as it encapsulates very precisely what Opalis is all about: “Run Book Automation (RBA) is the ability to define, build, orchestrate, manage and report on workflows that support system...
  • Blog Post: The new System Center Opalis Twitter account

    We have created a new Twitter account @SysCtrOpalis where we will post information, links to new articles and any updates. If you have a question for us about Opalis, post us a reply or send us a DM. We look forward to growing the System Center Opalis community and having you part of it!  Note:...
  • Blog Post: The changing world of users

    OK, post number 4 in this series … Users!  We’ve previously taken a look at the new way we work, the new devices we are using to blend our home and work lives and the new applications that take advantage of these new ways of working.  In this post I’ll take a look at the applications themselves...
  • Blog Post: How does Opalis fit in with other System Center solutions?

    If you are looking at Opalis and wondering how it sits within the greater System Center family, then you are not alone. In this post I will explain where Opalis fits, and how it can be used to work within the existing System Center solutions. System Center is (currently) made up of 4 5 products (excluding...
  • Blog Post: Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012

    As posted yesterday on the Server Cloud blog, we have released the Release Candidate of Operations Manager 2012. This is a significant milestone release, and in this article we will explore how Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate delivers application performance monitoring. For those of you...
  • Blog Post: What systems can Opalis integrate with?

    Glad you asked. This is the current list of available integration packs that can be downloaded currently from here and the target versions.  You can also grab a 180 day trial from this location. This will of course continue to evolve, so please always check for the latest information on the System...
  • Blog Post: Webcast–Opalis, the new SC IP’s and the Private Cloud

    I have recorded a webcast of the new System Center Integration Pack’s in action.  These new IP’s will be released with Opalis 6.3. The video walks through a scenario that is part of the move to a Private Cloud: moving from a physical platform to a Dynamic Virtual platform. The scenario includes...
  • Blog Post: The future of The DDC

    I finished reading Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch last night.  If you are in the Technology field, you should read it.  He nails what is underway at the moment with the way we are using computers.  In his book, Carr uses the analogy of electricity and how it evolved from a disparate system...
  • Blog Post: Taking a look at the next Opalis release

    I posted today over on the System Center Nexus site about the upcoming Opalis release and what improvements it will bring. To quickly recap, the next release of Opalis brings two main enhancements: Platform Support – we will now support the latest Windows Server platforms System Center integration –...
  • Blog Post: What Opalis scenario would *you* like to see built and run?

    I’m very interested in building out scenario’s that you want to see. So the easiest way to do this, is for you to tell me what you want to see! Please post in the comments :)
  • Blog Post: Opalis 6.2.2 SP1 Release Announcement

    We are very please to be announcing the release of System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 Service Pack 1. This release demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to the product for the hundreds of customers using the current version of Opalis Integration Server and to the many more customers evaluating...
  • Blog Post: Changing the Opalis operator console timeout and polling interval settings

    The Opalis operator console by default is set to refresh every 10 seconds and timeout after 20 minutes. If this does not meet your desired behavior, you can change these settings in the file “settings.properties”.  You change these settings at your own risk. This file is located is the folder: <your...
  • Blog Post: Will App Controller run in browsers other than IE8 and IE9?

    A question that has come up a few times in the last few days is whether App Controller works in browsers other than Internet Explorer 8 and 9. The answer is yes, with some caveats and requirements.  You can view the App Controller supported system configurations here: http://onlinehelp.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 25,000 seat Fortune 500 company switches from VMware, saves $3.2m!

    Engineering firm CH2M HILL was an early user of virtualization software to lower server costs. However, when the global economy began to slump in 2007, the company sought a more cost-effective virtualization solution than VMware. It switched to the Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system with...
  • Blog Post: The difference between Opalis and Service Manager

    One of the most common questions I get is to help people understand the difference between Opalis and Service Manager.  There is a misconception that they do the same thing.  They don’t. Whilst there are some things that you could do in both solutions, the reality is that they are complimentary...
  • Blog Post: Building the MMS keynote demos

    It’s been an amazing week at MMS! Every year, our team has the pleasure of being a major contributor to the success of MMS, driving the session tracks, the marketplace booths, ensuring that the content delivered is of a high quality and of course building the keynote demos . This year I had the honor...
  • Blog Post: How to automate a process in Opalis, step-by-step

    In this post, we’ll take a very simple looking process and show how easy it is to automate this in Opalis. Lets take a simple scenario:  read in lines from a text file and compare the values to a database table If there is a match, get the free disk space of the server and write the results to another...
  • Blog Post: Applications Track sessions at MMS 2012!

    Hi everyone Well, MMS is nearly upon us again for 2012!  We have been working hard behind the scenes to get the event ready. This year we have aligned the content into 5 tracks for Windows Server and System Center: (track owners respectively) Application Management ( Adam Hall ) Service Delivery...