@Tech·Ed North America 2011 – System Center Orchestrator Booth

I wanted to provide a quick guide to this blog for those of you new to this blog (especially those of you who have been directed to this site from one of the people at the System Center Orchestrator booth @ TENA 2011!) 🙂 SYSTEM CENTER ORCHESTRATOR BETA CEP SIGN-UP!!! – https://connect.microsoft.com/site1211/Survey/Survey.aspx?SurveyID=12773  WHAT TO EXPECT…


Unofficial System Center Catalog

Hello again Readers/Viewers, I wanted to quickly post about this very useful blog site: http://unofficialsystemcentercatalog.wordpress.com/ There are two Unofficial Catalogs available there: Opalis: “Is there an integration pack for … ?” Operations Manager: “Is there a management pack for …?” As more of you create community content (Opalis or otherwise), it is nice to know…


OIS – Integration Pack for PowerShell Script Execution 1.00

Good Morning Readers/Viewers! Today, I am happy to announce the next addition to my collection of OIS 6.3 QIK based IPs on CodePlex. As you can see from the blog title, this one is all about PowerShell. 🙂 ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/01/2011) CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for PS Script Execution (RC) User Guide NOTE: The…

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OIS – Start Policies using PowerShell (right now!)

Good morning readers/viewers! Many of you have seen a preview of SC Orchestrator’s new PowerShell provider. That new functionality will allow you to invoke runbooks from a simple to use PS command line. As that feature/functionality is still a bit away, I have something else to preset to you today. The best part is, you…

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OIS – iSCSI Automation

I recently completed a project where I needed to orchestrate and automate Windows 2008 R2 NIC settings and the iSCSI Initiator. PROBLEM SUMMARY: Recent SAN Upgrades/Modifications required a large number of host reconfiguration: Old iSCSI configurations removed and New iSCSI configurations applied. In this case, it was: 125 different Hosts 125 different NIC configurations 125…


OIS – Ad-Hoc Process Monitor with PowerShell

Another “tip/trick” for you today. Have you ever needed to quickly monitor a running Process to see when it ends? Maybe you do not yet have a Monitoring tool, but you have OIS? Even if you do have a Monitoring tool, the following may be a quick and easy way to create and run an…


OIS – Duplicate Link Finder

I have a “tip/trick” for you today. This is an edge case, but I wanted to make sure something was documented about it (as well as a way to easily identify/fix any occurrences within your OIS deployments). SCENARIO: You have a policy with two or more objects and when executed one or more of the…


8 Minute Demo – Sanitizing OIS Exports

Good evening readers/viewers! Today we take a look at a topic that you may or may not know you need to learn. 🙂 SCENARIO: You have a policy or set of policies that you would like to export and share. ISSUE: Regardless of the number of Global Settings and/or Global Configurations you use within your…

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8 Minute Demo – Integration Pack for Standard Logging

Ok, I have to confess, this is more of a tutorial than a demo, but still, it is all about branding! 🙂 ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/01/2011) CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for Standard Logging User Guide Usage Guide NOTE: The rest of this post is unchanged, and can be referenced for OIS 6.3 (documents and old…

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What is next for Opalis Integration Server?

As many of you know, Opalis Integration Server 6.3 is the last in a long line of OIS releases. At the end of this year (2011), it will be replaced by one of the System Center 2012 releases: System Center Orchestrator. You can see the official System Center Nexus announcement here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2011/03/24/welcome-to-the-family-system-center-orchestrator.aspx Along with the…