I now have the "Twitter" – A Study in "Work Life Balance"

Hello Readers/Viewers! This is a non-conventional post for me, but it was high time that I get swept up with Twitter… How long has Twitter been out? Seriously? I don’t know… Either way, I *just now* have an account. I have mixed feelings, but who knows. The challenge that I have created for myself is…


Happy 11/11/11 11:11:11!

I thought it only fitting to keep up the tradition (well now it is)… I hope your 4095 was wonderful! enJOY!


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 (previously published) Integration Packs are now compatible…


System Center 2012 Pre-Releases Available Now!

Hello Readers/Viewers! I am happy to re-announce some big news out of the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team: Announcing New System Center 2012 Pre-Releases: Delivering Self-Service Application Management with the Microsoft Private Cloud This includes: App Controller (Beta) Service Manager (Beta) Orchestrator (RC) This adds to the already released: Virtual Machine Manager (RC) Configuration…


A Big Thanks to PASS and the SQL Saturday #97 Attendees/Staff!

I wanted to thank all those who attended this past weekend’s SQL Saturday #97 in Austin, TX on October 1st, 2011. I also want to send a great big thanks the organizer(s) for giving me the opportunity to present to the group. As promised, I have included the PPT deck that I used for the…


Speaking @ SQL Saturday #97 (Austin, TX–October 1st, 2011)

As some of you may already know, I will be a speaker at the upcoming SQL Saturday #97 in Austin, TX on October 1st, 2011. Session Title: Data Orchestration with System Center + SQL If you have the time, are in the area and are interested, I will be discussing and demonstrating how I use…


Introducing Damian Flynn – MVP and Opalis Guy

Hello Readers/Viewers, While many of you have probably started calling it something new like, “Orchestrator Community”, the “Opalis Community” (as it will remain to me :), is still growing, and FAST! That said, I wanted to introduce, or for many of you, re-introduce someone who is taking that community by storm: Damian Flynn. Lucky for…


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…


8 Minute Demo – KINECTing Runbooks (Just for Fun!)

Good Evening Readers/Viewers! I have a very special, “Just for Fun” addition to the “8-Minute-Demo” Video Series tonight… In this video, I create and execute a very simple Orchestrator Runbook, without touching the keyboard! You heard me right, no keyboard OR mouse. How did I do this? Well, with a bit of help from existing…


8 Minute Demo – Runbook Designer Zoom!

Good Evening Readers/Viewers! Tonight, from the road, we have a very different “8-Minute-Demo”. In fact, it may be the only “8-Minute-Demo” that is shorter than 8 minutes. 🙂 The fact of the matter is, this topic is really not that complex, it is just simple “quirky” functionality I recently found within the Runbook Designer (and…