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  • 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: 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: 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: Talking with Brad about Opalis

    Hi everyone, we recently managed to sit down with Brad and talk about a recent (and very exciting) acquisition. Opalis is a new System Center product, designed to provide "run book automation," which entails automating the various processes (or workflows) and tasks in the datacenter that have often been...
  • 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: The Extending Reach of Opalis

    It’s always great to see blogs on our System Center products, especially when it relates to a recently acquired technology, and when it comes from outside the organization. Marnix Wolf from the Netherlands has written this introductory blog on Opalis with Operations Manager , where he shares his experiences...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

    Hi, Everyone, Great news for enterprise, government and service provider customers who use System Center. I’m excited to announce that Microsoft has acquired Opalis Software , a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

    Hello All! We have seen tremendous excitement about the Opalis acquisition from customers and partners alike. This acquisition brings together the deep automation and orchestration expertise of Opalis with the integrated, physical and virtual datacenter management capabilities of System Center. Today...
  • Blog Post: Community Evaluation Program Updates

    The Community Evaluation Programs for Configuration Manager v.Next, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Opalis have launched and are we are excited to be guiding participants in their evaluation process.  Members have access to live meetings with product teams, lab and exercises to help in understanding...
  • 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: 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: New Opalis video series - great content showing Opalis in action!

    Charles Joy has started posting some of his great Opalis knowledge to a new blog . On his site you can find videos and demo's on how to use Opalis and see the solutions in action. Charles has posted 4 videos to get started, and intends to keep adding more, so make sure you check back! ·...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 SP1 Now Available

    Following a successful MMS event a few weeks ago, where we demonstrated the process automation and integration capabilities of Opalis, we are pleased to announce the availability of Opalis Integration server 6.2.2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This latest service pack demonstrates our commitment to maintaining...
  • Blog Post: Opalis 6.3 Download links now live!

    Following on from this morning’s Opalis 6.3 release announcement, the download links for Opalis 6.3 are now live! Browse over to the Opalis site where you will find the links have been updated.  Note that there are now 3 links.  There are download links for the Full and 180 day trial versions...
  • Blog Post: Where are the Opalis licenses?

    I have had quite a few questions about where to find the Opalis license files and keys.  They are in the Download files! You can download either the 180 day Trial if you wish to evaluate Opalis (make sure you check out the Customer Evaluation Program ).  Inside the 180 day trial download, there...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the RTM of Opalis 6.3!

    I am very excited to announce that we have released the next version of Opalis to manufacturing (RTM) and will be available for download very shortly! Opalis 6.3 brings a wealth of integration capability to the System Center suite, including 4 new Integration Packs and support for the latest Windows...
  • Blog Post: Webcast–Customizing Service Manager and Opalis

    This is a live demo by Travis Wright (Service Manager) and Jim Pitts (Opalis) recorded in Berlin at TechEd EMEA. Travis and Jim’s session was very well received, so we grabbed them and made them do it again straight after! In this demo, Travis creates custom items in Service Manager, and then Jim connects...
  • Blog Post: The Opalis 6.3 Technet Library is Live!

    Hi Everybody Just a quick post to let you know that the Opalis 6.3 Technet Library is now live at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff630946.aspx   As you can see in the screenshot below, this includes detailed information on the new System Center Integration Packs and the activities within...
  • Blog Post: New utility to automate the installation of the Opalis ops console

    I am very happy to announce that Kelverion has created and published a new tool that simplifies and automates the installation of the current Opalis 6.3 operator console. This new tool removes the complexity from the current operator console installation and brings consistency to the experience. You...