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.

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 electricity and how it evolved from a disparate system of individual…

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 “”.  You change these settings at your own risk. This file is located is the folder: <your JBOSS>:\server\default\deploy\OpConsoleApp-1.0.ear\OpConsoleServer-1.0.jar\ Open this file…

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 solutions, the reality is that they are complimentary. Here’s how I define…


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 blog.

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 🙂


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 Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system with Hyper-V virtualization technology, and also deployed Microsoft System…

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.  In this scenario, we are monitoring an Application’s State in Operations Manager,…

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 a Dynamic Virtual platform. The scenario includes the following: Reading…

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, manage and report on workflows that support system and network operational processes….