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  • Blog Post: OIS - Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution 1.00

    Good Morning Readers/Viewers! Today, I am happy to announce the next addition to my collection of OIS 6.3 QIK based IPs on CodePlex. As you can see from the blog title, this one is all about PowerShell. :) ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/01/2011) CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for PS Script Execution (RC...
  • Blog Post: Ten “8-Minute-Demo Video Series” Videos – Now on MS Showcase!

    Attention all Readers/Viewers, I have some fantastic news! Ten of the most popular “8-Minute-Demo Video Series” videos are now available on MS Showcase! Before anyone asks, yes, the videos are the same, but now they will be presented in Silverlight on that very formal looking UI that MS Showcase has...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post Action! Opalis, The Path to IT Process Automation

    One of the brightest “Opalis Guys” I know, has started a blog that I would like to recognize here. In his worldpress blog , Ryan takes you through some common, but mostly unknown, aspects of Opalis. He also has contributed to the community on CodePlex . Look for more great stuff from Ryan, I will keep...
  • Blog Post: A Big Thanks to the CTSMUG!

    I wanted to thank all those who attended today’s CTSMUG monthly meeting . I also want to send a great big thanks the organizer(s) for giving me the opportunity to present to the group. As promised, attached is the PPT deck that I used for the presentation (with the anecdotal customer examples). NOTE...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo – Opalis & SharePoint, Together At Last

    The long anticipated SharePoint Integration Pack was released to CodePlex on November 20th, 2010 by Jeff Fanjoy, Senior Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation. The Integration Pack (.oip) file and User Guide are posted here: http://opalis.codeplex.com/releases/view/56094 I decided that just...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo – OIS & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

    Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we take a look at some new functionality within the VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 Release. BACKGROUND If you haven’t already heard, Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 was recently released. In the long list of new features , one in particular stood out...
  • Blog Post: Released! - System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed

    Hello Readers/Viewers! I am proud to announce that the System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed book is now available. For some of you this is not news, as it was actually released a couple weeks ago, this is just the first opportunity I have had to get the information on my blog. :) Some...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Help Files & Documentation - All in One Place! – Part 2 – Integration Packs

    As promised, Part 2! This is simply a post so that I could attach the second ZIP file which contains the documentation for the Integration Packs. Please see the attached: Opalis_Documentation_Collection_IPs.zip Also, please be sure to reference the Excel File: Opalis_Product_Listing_and_Documentation_Reference...
  • Blog Post: Unofficial System Center Catalog

    Hello again Readers/Viewers, I wanted to quickly post about this very useful blog site: http://unofficialsystemcentercatalog.wordpress.com/ There are two Unofficial Catalogs available there: Opalis: “Is there an integration pack for … ?” Operations Manager: “Is there a management pack for …?” As more...
  • Blog Post: Orchestrator (RC) CodePlex Integration Packs Updated!

    Hello Readers/Viewers! I know, I know, it has been quite some time since I made a "real" update to my blog, you know, something with actual content. :) After a couple days of upgrading, testing, renaming, testing some more, recompiling, documentation updating, and finally more testing the following...
  • Blog Post: More Great Community Content!

    Our friend randorfer is back! Now with more great content with his new blog and CodePlex projects. Blog: http://opalis.wordpress.com/ CodePlex Projects: Exchange Mail QIK Integration Pack: http://opalisexchangemail.codeplex.com/ Active Directory QIK Integration Pack: http://opalisadextension.codeplex...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo – Sanitizing OIS Exports

    Good evening readers/viewers! Today we take a look at a topic that you may or may not know you need to learn. :) SCENARIO: You have a policy or set of policies that you would like to export and share. ISSUE: Regardless of the number of Global Settings and/or Global Configurations you use within your...
  • Blog Post: @Tech·Ed North America 2011 - System Center Orchestrator Booth

    I wanted to provide a quick guide to this blog for those of you new to this blog (especially those of you who have been directed to this site from one of the people at the System Center Orchestrator booth @ TENA 2011 !) :) SYSTEM CENTER ORCHESTRATOR BETA CEP SIGN-UP!!! - https://connect.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Goin' YouTubin'

    Good Day Readers/Viewers! I decided it was time to step into the YouTube fray and convert my WMVs (previously stored on my SkyDrive) to YouTube videos and playlists. I have even created my own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/charlesjoyMS (feel free to subscribe) I am in the process...
  • Blog Post: Orchestrator (RC) CodePlex Integration Packs UPGRADED!

    Hello Readers/Viewers! During a recent Microsoft Internal Event (TechReady), I realized that the CodePlex IPs that I updated for System Center 2012 Orchestrator were in fact just that, updated – not UPGRADED . Original Blog Post is here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/charlesjoy/archive/2011/11/03/orchestrator...
  • Blog Post: Does Opalis have an Integration Pack for __________?

    <edited on 05/23/2013 to reflect new naming> No video today. But I do have some important content to share. As Orchestrator becomes more and more popular, one thing is for sure, people are going to start thinking of new use cases and new integration targets. Another “for sure”...
  • Blog Post: OIS 6.3 / Orchestrator - Advanced Workflow & Best Practice Video Tutorial

    Happy Friday Readers and Viewers! I thought it was time I present you with a collection of “Advanced Workflow & Best Practice” Video Tutorials. I realize that many of you may think the timing on this is strange, given that the public SC Orchestrator 2012 Beta is due to release TODAY . Rest assured...
  • Blog Post: CodePlextravaganza!

    I am very please to announce some recent additions to the Opalis CodePlex site . ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/03/2011) Orchestrator CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for Windows Tasks (RC) File System Maintenance - User Guide Multi-Server WMI Query - User Guide Orchestrator IP for MSSQL Tasks (RC) User Guide...
  • Blog Post: OIS - Automated System Center Advisor Agent Deployment with Service Management

    I recently completed a project where I needed to orchestrate and automate the deployment of System Center Advisor Agents (and pre-requisites) on 228 different Host machines. PROBLEM SUMMARY: A recent configuration request required we enable System Center Advisor for a large number of Sales Demo Host...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to Blog D’Joy

    Readers/Viewers – The following is a guide to my past and current blog posts: ALL VIDEOS - YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/charlesjoyMS COMMUNITY CONTENT - CodePlex: http://opalis.codeplex.com/ and http://orchestrator.codeplex.com/ What is Opalis Integration Server / System...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo – Integration Pack for Standard Logging

    Ok, I have to confess, this is more of a tutorial than a demo, but still, it is all about branding! :) ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/01/2011) CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for Standard Logging User Guide Usage Guide NOTE: The rest of this post is unchanged, and can be referenced for OIS 6.3 (documents...
  • Blog Post: Orchestrator CodePlex Integration Packs

    Hello Readers/Viewers! I realize that these posts have been few and far between lately, but all that is going to change during and after MMS 2012 ! (believe me, this was by design, not by laziness ;) To get this blog rolling again, albeit slowly, I wanted to let everyone know that the post I made a couple...
  • Blog Post: Integration Pack for OIS Standard Logging and other Community Release Info

    Good Day Readers! Are you looking for a better way to log workflow specific run-time information within your Opalis Workflows? Would you like a "fully baked" MSSQL logging solution for your Opalis Workflows? Would you like to try out some "open source" Integration Packs? If you answered...