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  • Blog Post: Take a look at what is coming with App Controller

    Hi everyone At WPC this week we showed off System Center App Controller for the first time. You can view the keynote that Sataya delivered here which included Ryan doing the App Controller demo. To give you a further glimpse into App Controller and what will be coming later in the year as we build...
  • Blog Post: Applications for the Opalis vNext TAP program are now open!

    Hi everyone I am very excited to announce that the Opalis vNext TAP (Technology Adoption Program) application process is now open. The TAP programs are very restricted on the number of participants, and have a high level of participation required.  We are looking for customers and partners that...
  • Blog Post: Orchestrator Beta Evaluation Program–Meeting Series details

    Well the Orchestrator CEP is about to ramp up in a big way, we’ve had the introduction meeting and set the scene and the first product team meeting is next week !  You still have time to sign up and be part of the program … we have over 500 other keen participants with a rich community already building...
  • Blog Post: Looking for Opalis files and documentation? Look no further!

    Charles has compiled 2 blog posts that provide links to all the information that is publicly available for Opalis. You can find this information in the links below: Part 1 – Platform Part 2 – Integrations Hopefully this makes things a bit easier for your to get up and running quickly with Opalis. ...
  • Blog Post: Application deployment models in a Private Cloud

    Check out Adam Hall's blog post to learn more about Application deployment models in a Private Cloud. Read Adam's post on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog. http://bit.ly/vOqRxX
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Operations Manager Community Evaluation Program!

    Hi everyone The Community Evaluation Program (CEP) for Operations Manager 2012 Beta will be kicking off very soon! The CEP is designed to guide our customers and partners through an evaluation of the product and highlight key features and capabilities.   This is your chance to hear directly...
  • Blog Post: Two new Virtual Labs: Monitoring SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010

    We have posted two new Virtual Labs for you to complete! TechNet Virtual Lab: Monitoring SharePoint 2010 The objective of this lab is to provide a basic introduction to using Service Level Monitoring to monitor services provided by SharePoint Server 2010. By the end of this lab you will be better...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization Career Training available for registration

    Hi everyone On Tuesday, October 4th Technical Evangelists Symon Perriman and Rick Claus are hosting an online conference on Virtualization Career Training with Microsoft Learning.  This half day virtual event (8am – 11am PST) will offer a Level 100 to 200 introduction for anyone who wants to learn...
  • Blog Post: What’s coming in the next Opalis release?

    In Q4 CY2010 we will be releasing an update to Opalis 6.2.2. This new release contains two very important updates Platform Support - The next release of System Center Opalis brings support for the latest Windows Server Platform, Windows Server 2008 R2 for all roles – Integration Server, Action...
  • Blog Post: How we use Opalis at Microsoft–Webcast now available for viewing and download

    One of our internal teams who are doing a lot with Opalis internally here at Microsoft ran and recorded a webcast, and this recording is now available for viewing and download. I want to thank the MPSD team for doing this!  They have showcased their use scenarios leveraged so far, and I know there...
  • Blog Post: Managing and Monitoring Windows Azure applications with System Center 2012

    Check out Adam Hall's blog post to learn how to manage and monitor Windows Azure applications with System Center 2012. Read Adam's post on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog. http://bit.ly/vkyTnT
  • Blog Post: A coffee chat with “The Opalis Guys”

    Well, actually it was Mountain Dew driven, but you get the idea. Mark Gosson and Charles Joy are The Opalis Guys (self appointed and named, just for the record) and are perhaps the 2 smartest Opalis consultants on the planet. Have a listen to hear their thoughts on Opalis, learn what these guys actually...
  • Blog Post: Migrating a PowerShell script to an Opalis Activity (or how the marketing guy built his first Opalis Integration Pack)

    Hi everyone One of the things that we promote as being easy to do and incredibly powerful is the Opalis Quick Integration Kit (QIK) and how it can be used to create your own Integration Packs and compiled .Net code. Well, this morning I did this for the first time myself.  I am very lucky to have...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Video – the New System Center Integration packs in action!

    We 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: What to expect in the System Center Orchestrator Beta!

    Hi everyone Today at TechEd North America we disclosed a lot of information about, and took System Center Orchestrator for a spin in it’s first public outing! I have posted an article over on the Orchestrator Blog site with the details about the Beta and what to expect.  You can view the article...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Opalis Evaluation Program starts in 1 week!

    Just a reminder that we kick off the Opalis Customer Evaluation Program next week. We have had an amazing response to this program with a lot of customers signed up.  This is a great chance to participate in a structured evaluation and learning program, as well as become part of a global community...
  • Blog Post: Using Opalis to automate updating Hyper-V Integrations!

    Our resident video blogging extraordinaire, Charles Joy has posted another great video demo and instructions on how to use Opalis to automate the updating of Hyper-V Integration Services after you update to 2008 R2 SP1. From Charles post: Today’s Video Topic: Have you recently upgraded your Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Coming to the close of the Orchestrator 2012 Beta Evaluation Program

    Hi everyone Well, it seems like only yesterday that we were starting the Orchestrator 2012 Beta Community Evaluation Program , and here we are now heading to the final meeting! If you have been part of the Program, we thank you for the engagement and feedback that you have provided and we hope it was...
  • Blog Post: Building a community around Orchestrator

    Hi everyone The Orchestrator 2012 Beta Community Evaluation Program (CEP) has been building steadily over the last few weeks, and we are now well over 500 participants!  We have the foundations for a very strong technical community here, and it has been great to see the community asking, and answering...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Opalis Overview calls start this Thursday

    Hello everyone.  Just a reminder that we will be starting the regular Opalis monthly calls this Thursday.  These calls will run through the following topics: What is Opalis? How does it fit within System Center? How to get started with IT Process Automation Opalis “101” Demo Roadmap We will...
  • Blog Post: Opalis in action with NetApp

    Alex Jauch from NetApp has posted a new blog on their NetApp for Microsoft Environments site.  In his post, Alex explains how NetApp are building out integration using Opalis, and creating automated scenario’s: “Opalis is a great way for us to help customers build highly automated solutions for...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Opalis to Orchestrator? Identify the changed activities in your runbooks.

    Hi Everyone We have published an article on the Orchestrator Blog that contains a SQL query you can run against your Opalis database that will identify any activities that you are currently using that have changed in Orchestrator. We hope your Orchestrator Beta testing is going well! Adam Adam Hall Senior...
  • Blog Post: Orchestrator 2012 Beta–All the useful links!

    Following the Orchestrator 2012 Beta announcement and the previously posted What to Expect in the Beta below is a list of articles that will answer the majority of the questions that you will ask . We will be creating and posting a lot of documentation and information as we build to the Release Candidate...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of Opalis to CMS and Enterprise CAL customers!

    Hello everybody I am very excited to announce the extension of the Opalis use rights grant to cover client management scenarios! We are granting a fully-licensed version of Opalis to customers who are licensed for the System Center Client Management Suite (CMS) or Enterprise CAL for client management...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Management Packs for MBAM and CRM now available!

    Hi everyone We have posted 2 new Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager in the Download Center.  You can download these and read more using the links below, and they will also be in the Catalog and PinPoint shortly. System Center Monitoring Pack for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 The...