Using an Excel XML File for Input to a Runbook

Hello readers.  I thought it would be a good idea to quickly discuss a topic that came up during a recent Runbook development effort.  I was faced with the challenge of how to do the following: Provide an easy way to request data from an end user Make it familiar and intuitive Provide the data in…

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Orchestrator Migration–Locating Checked Out Policies

A topic came up recently on an internal distribution list that I have been planning on blogging about.  I figured it’s time to get it out to you because it is timely with the release of System Center Orchestrator Beta and future versions coming.  What is so important and why? We will all need a…

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Opalis 6.3 Installation Guide

Hello Readers.  This is likely one of my last Opalis related posts as we move forward into Orchestrator as our main production platform for my group.  However, as there are still likely many of you that are starting on the trek of installing your first Opalis instance in your environment for evaluation or production deployment,…

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System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta–Runbook Import Issue

Hello readers. My group is already starting to “dogfood” the beta of System Center Orchestrator 2012.  We came up against an issue that is definitely worth talking about in case anyone sees this issue in evaluation.  This information could change in the near future so keep in mind that this is specific to the beta…

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Opalis and the Internal Microsoft Adoption Story (On Demand Webcast)

On Tuesday June 28th, Charlie Satterfield and I had a great webcast presentation with a lot of content related to how Microsoft is leveraging Opalis internally.  Please click the inline link or the graphic below to view the content. Details This webcast concentrated specifically on the following details: Real world scenarios we are currently leveraging…

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Opalis @ Microsoft

Please check out the following post for information on an upcoming Webcast I’m participating in on Tuesday June 28th, 2011 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PST where we will be discussing how Opalis is being leveraged within Microsoft.  Should be a great discussion! http://blogs.technet.com/b/system_center_in_action/archive/2011/06/24/opalis-microsoft.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0 Happy Automating!

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Sending Email with PowerShell and the Run.Net Object

Hello readers. Now that TechEd NA 2011 is over (what a great event) I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a very simple solution I have leveraged in my workflow development within Opalis for providing communication on workflow success / failure of status information and details.  Sometimes it is as simple as “Your xyz…

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Building Scalable Workflows in Opalis

Building from my first blog post on how we established “reach” in our environment for our Opalis infrastructure, I thought it would be fitting to fill you all in on some lessons learned that I gathered during my first workflow development effort.  I believe this post is an important one as I have actually discussed…

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Evaluating the "Reach" of Our Opalis Infrastructure at Microsoft

Hello readers. This is my first technical post of hopefully many on the topic of all things Opalis and Orchestrator!  This product keeps me up at night (in a good way ) so I should have plenty of interesting content as time goes on.  Challenge and Initial Questions So considering our vast collection of systems…

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First Post–About the Blogger

As my first post, I wanted to give you an idea of what keeps me up at night and is motivating me to blog. I am very fortunate to work in the group responsible for Dogfooding (among other things) System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Orchestrator (Opalis). My role is to work with the…

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