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 – 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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CodePlextravaganza!

I am very please to announce some recent additions to the Opalis CodePlex site. ORCHESTRATOR RC UPDATE (11/03/2011) Orchestrator CodePlex Links: Orchestrator IP for Windows Tasks (RC) File System Maintenance – User Guide Multi-Server WMI Query – User Guide Orchestrator IP for MSSQL Tasks (RC) User Guide Orchestrator IP for Text Manipulation (RC) User Guide…

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Invoke Web Services Object – Workaround for “Unexpected” XML Output

No video in this post, more of a traditional “Tip and/or Trick” 🙂 You may have noticed that when using the “Invoke Web Services” object, the XML output generated has a bunch of “&lt;” and “&gt;” values instead of the expected “<” and “>”. It really depends on the Web Service, but if you see…


8 Minute Demo – SCDEMO Reporting – Powered by Opalis

Hello Readers and Viewers! It has been a while since I added to the “8 Minute Demo” Video Series, but today, along with some CodePlex content, I submit to you… drum roll… My 40th YouTube Video! Nah, though that is a true statement, it is not the intent of this post //obvious (besides, one of…


8 Minute Demo – Opalis & SharePoint, Together At Last

The long anticipated SharePoint Integration Pack was released to CodePlex on November 20th, 2010 by Jeff Fanjoy, Senior Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation. The Integration Pack (.oip) file and User Guide are posted here: http://opalis.codeplex.com/releases/view/56094 I decided that just posting an announcement about the CodePlex release for this Integration Pack, wasn’t enough. Instead, for this…