Turbulence

The bumpy world of clouds and applications
  • 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 :)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A time of change ...

    It's been a fantastic run in the System Center and now WSM (Windows Server & Management) team, but the time has come for my next career opportunity. I am moving over to MBS (Dynamics) into a role in the Exec team, and it will be mostly inappropriate...
  • 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...
  • How Dynamic is your Datacenter?

    The System Center toolsets that I work with are all about the Dynamic Datacenter. We provide solutions that allow you to Integrate, Automate and Orchestrate within the Datacenter. I am very interested in where people are at now, regardless of the solutions...
  • Ramp Up for System Center Service Manager 2010

    This is a free, online self-study resource for our partners and customers to learn more about Service Manager. It is a collection of online documentation, recorded webcasts and hands on labs. Resources provided include Articles, Videos and Virtual...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The “New Blog” Post

    Welcome to the new look and feel! I am changing the focus of my blog to be about Opalis.  My name is Adam, and the “Magic Octopus” was my idea. So, what is Opalis? From the Opalis Homepage : Microsoft has acquired Opalis Software, a Toronto-based...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Planning and Architecting for an Opalis implementation

    For anyone tasked with implementing Opalis, there are a number of solution-level questions that will immediately burst into your head.  You will have a bunch of questions along the lines of: How many servers will I need? How many concurrent jobs...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Opalis 6.2.2 SP1 Download links

    The Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 SP1 bits have been posted to the www.opalis.com website.  Here are the links: Opalis Integration Server - http://www.opalis.com/download.asp?id=189   Opalis Operator Console Installer - http://www.opalis.com...
  • How are YOU showcasing Opalis?

    I would like to build and showcase the community that is using Opalis, so if you are using Opalis I’d love to hear from you! I will publish the Top 3 scenarios that I receive, so get creative and send me what you have done. I’m happy to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Technet Edge interview from Berlin published

    While we were in Berlin, Kenon and I had a chat with Adam Carter from Technet Edge.  We talk through where System Center is at today, and how you can get going with the private cloud today!   We hope you find this interesting and useful.