8 Minute Demo – OIS & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we take a look at some new functionality within the VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 Release. BACKGROUND If you haven’t already heard, Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 was recently released. In the long list of new features, one in particular stood out to me: It now has the ability to…

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OIS – Automated System Center Advisor Agent Deployment with Service Management

I recently completed a project where I needed to orchestrate and automate the deployment of System Center Advisor Agents (and pre-requisites) on 228 different Host machines. PROBLEM SUMMARY: A recent configuration request required we enable System Center Advisor for a large number of Sales Demo Host machines – This meant that all host machines needed…

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8 Minute Demo – PowerShell to SQL – Runbook Options

Good Evening Readers/Viewers! I figured it was time to create another “8-Minute-Demo” for my favorite video series… So I have come back with something that I have recently been implementing for any Runbook implementing PowerShell data extraction for SQL data storage. It is a very simple concept, that up until lately I have been avoiding…

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Introducing Tiander Turpijn – Sr. Technology Specialist and Opalis Guy

Hello Readers/Viewers, as the “Opalis Community” is growing we have more and more great content emerging. Today, I wanted to take a moment to introduce Tiander Turpijn, another one of my many co-workers here at MSFT and a contributor to the Opalis Community. Small Bio:   Tiander Turpijn has joined Microsoft in 1998 with a…

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System Center Orchestrator 2012 BETA is here!

Readers/Viewers, in the event that you have not yet heard about the release of the SC Orchestrator 2012 BETA, here it is: ***Announcing the System Center Orchestrator Beta!*** Here are some related and helpful links to accompany this announcement: Download the SC Orchestrator 2012 BETA: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26503 SC Orchestrator Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/scorch/ New SC Orchestrator Forum…

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OIS 6.3 – Self-Monitoring & Event Notifications

Readers/Viewers, this is just a simple post which will be directly referenced content by the OIS 6.3 – Advanced Workflow & Best Practice Video Tutorial post. BACKGROUND Opalis Integration Server (OIS) has the built-in ability to “Self-Monitor”. Each object has the ability to throw an exception if certain criteria is met. By default, these event…

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OIS 6.3 – External Interfaces

Readers/Viewers, this is just a simple post which will be directly referenced as “see also” content by the OIS 6.3 – Advanced Workflow & Best Practice Video Tutorial post. OIS 6.3 – External Interfaces: Any interface which can integrate or orchestrate the initiation of OIS workflows. Exposed OIS Integration Surfaces: Command Line Interface (OIS5StartPolicy.exe) SOAP…

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OIS 6.3 / Orchestrator – Advanced Workflow & Best Practice Video Tutorial

Happy Friday Readers and Viewers! I thought it was time I present you with a collection of “Advanced Workflow & Best Practice” Video Tutorials. I realize that many of you may think the timing on this is strange, given that the public SC Orchestrator 2012 Beta is due to release TODAY. Rest assured, the topics…

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8 Minute Demo – Orchestrated Cloud Application Deployment

Good Morning Readers and Viewers! I had my head in the clouds for this installment of the 8-Minute-Demo Video Series. Today we explore Windows Azure and the Orchestrated Deployment of a Cloud Application utilizing System Center (Opalis Integration Server and Service Manager). VIDEO VIDEO DEMONSTRATION DETAILS (Useful Timestamps) Total Duration: 29:40 Introduction and Solution Review…

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Introducing Jim Britt – TechNet Blogger and Opalis Guy

Hello Readers/Viewers, I wanted to publish a short, yet important post about one of my co-workers here at MSFT: Jim Britt. He recently started his own TechNet Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jbritt/ As you will see from his blog, he has been using Opalis (here at MSFT) for a while now and wanted to share his learning/experience with…

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