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  • 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: OIS - Ad-Hoc Process Monitor with PowerShell

    Another “tip/trick” for you today. Have you ever needed to quickly monitor a running Process to see when it ends? Maybe you do not yet have a Monitoring tool, but you have OIS? Even if you do have a Monitoring tool, the following may be a quick and easy way to create and run an Ad-Hoc Process Monitor...
  • Blog Post: OIS - Duplicate Link Finder

    I have a “tip/trick” for you today. This is an edge case, but I wanted to make sure something was documented about it (as well as a way to easily identify/fix any occurrences within your OIS deployments). SCENARIO: You have a policy with two or more objects and when executed one or...
  • 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: 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: 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: 8 Minute Demo – SCDEMO Reporting – Powered by Opalis

    Hello Readers and Viewers! It has been a while since I added to the “8 Minute Demo” Video Series, but today, along with some CodePlex content, I submit to you… drum roll… My 40th YouTube Video! Nah, though that is a true statement, it is not the intent of this post //obvious (besides, one of those videos...
  • Blog Post: Invoke Web Services Object – Workaround for “Unexpected” XML Output

    No video in this post, more of a traditional “Tip and/or Trick” :) You may have noticed that when using the “Invoke Web Services” object, the XML output generated has a bunch of “&lt;” and “&gt;” values instead of the expected “<” and “>”. It really depends on the Web Service, but if you...
  • 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: 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: OIS - iSCSI Automation

    I recently completed a project where I needed to orchestrate and automate Windows 2008 R2 NIC settings and the iSCSI Initiator. PROBLEM SUMMARY: Recent SAN Upgrades/Modificat ions required a large number of host reconfiguration: Old iSCSI configurations removed and New iSCSI configurations applied. In...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo – Simple Disaster Recovery with System Center 2012!

    Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we have something a little different, for this, the latest edition to the “8 Minute Demo” video series… This video presentation/demonstration has been a long time coming, as I have been working on this project for quite a few months now. It will walk you through the "Simple...
  • 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: 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: SC2012 Orchestrator - Database Sizing and Performance Guidance

    Hello Readers/Viewers! I am not sure if you have seen this yet, but I thought I would point it out to you… TechNet Library Entry for Database Sizing and Performance I just recently found out about it, and as I know many of you have had questions about this for a long time, I figured I would pass it along...
  • Blog Post: 8 Minute Demo - Query Database Object (SQL)

    Hello Readers/Viewers! Live! from Auckland, New Zealand… I didn’t want to keep you waiting, just because I was here at Tech•Ed New Zealand . So I found some time to add to the “8-Minute-Demo Video Series”. Something that I at first overlooked, is now available. A simple demonstration of the “Query Database...
  • 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...