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 🙂

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Workplace Join for Windows 7

Just a quick note about the just released Workplace Join for Windows 7.  You can read all the details here and download from here. Workplace Join for Windows 7 is for domain joined machines, which means that we support the Professional SKU and above. There is also no UI for Workplace Join on Windows 7,…

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How to customize the AD FS corporate logon page

Hi everyone With older versions of AD FS you could customize the look and feel using web design. With 2012 R2, there is no more dependence on IIS, with AD FS now built directly on top of HTTP.SYS, meaning no installation of IIS is required. You can read all the PowerShell commands on TechNet. I…

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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…

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A time of change …

It’s been a fantastic run in the System Center and now WSM (Windows Server & Management) team, but the time has come for my next career opportunity.  I am moving over to MBS (Dynamics) into a role in the Exec team, and it will be mostly inappropriate for me to continue to blog 🙂 So…

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How to automate a process in Opalis, step-by-step

In this post, we’ll take a very simple looking process and show how easy it is to automate this in Opalis. Lets take a simple scenario:  read in lines from a text file and compare the values to a database table If there is a match, get the free disk space of the server and…

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Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012

As posted yesterday on the Server Cloud blog, we have released the Release Candidate of Operations Manager 2012. This is a significant milestone release, and in this article we will explore how Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate delivers application performance monitoring. For those of you who have downloaded and tested the Operations Manager Beta, there…

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Office for iPad, EMS and Azure AD Premium

It’s been fun to be involved in this, our team designed the EMS bundle, we are the PM team for AADP and we built the demo Julia did in conjunction with Office/365 teams in a great collaboration effort. This is an exciting day! Satya’s post and top-level info: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/03/27/a-cloud-for-everyone-on-every-device.aspx Office for iPad: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/27/announcing-the-office-you-love-now-on-the-ipad/ New EMS…

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How Dynamic is your Datacenter?

The System Center toolsets that I work with are all about the Dynamic Datacenter. We provide solutions that allow you to Integrate, Automate and Orchestrate within the Datacenter. I am very interested in where people are at now, regardless of the solutions you currently use.  Are you at the beginning of your journey and still…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Update

Quick note: Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is now available on MSDN and will be on Windows Update next week. A summary can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/04/02/windows-server-2012-r2-update-is-now-available-to-subscribers.aspx  More details here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn645472.aspx  From the articles: (the AD FS update is a biggie, will unblock many customers with UPN challenges) Here is what is included in Windows…

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