MMS BB53 session demo – Automated Protection of Resources

As per the first post in this series, this article documents a demo that we did at MMS last week. In this demo, I showed how we could automatically add a newly deployed server into the DPM protection cycle.  This is a very simple demo, with only 4 activities! The complete runbook looks like this….

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Opalis – Add a User to a Service Manager Review Activity

This scenario came through my inbox recently, and what looked like a fairly straight forward runbook turned out to have a couple of gotcha’s in it. The scenario requested was to pick up the affected user of a Change Request, and make them part of the approval process.  In Service Manager, this means making them…

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New utility to automate the installation of the Opalis ops console

I am very happy to announce that Kelverion has created and published a new tool that simplifies and automates the installation of the current Opalis 6.3 operator console. This new tool removes the complexity from the current operator console installation and brings consistency to the experience. You can read more about the utility here, watch…

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Opalis 6.3 step-by-step installation guides

HI everyone We have posted an article which contains links to two great installation resources.  There is a video from Charles Joy showing the installation process, and there is a screenshot based article from Christopher Keyaert, one of our Opalis Community members. Enjoy the posts, and happy installing!    Adam Hall     Sr. Technical Product Manager,…

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Opalis 6.3: Automating Hyper-V Cluster Patching using the Configuration Manager IP (Part 3)

In Part 1 of this article, I began to talk about the process of maintaining Hyper-V Clusters. The process of "draining" a host (moving guest VM’s off to another cluster node) was accomplished using a PowerShell script. The next steps include assigning updates and then monitoring the updates through the process of installation. In Part…

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Opalis 6.3: Automating Hyper-V Cluster Patching using the Configuration Manager IP (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, I began to talk about the process of maintaining Hyper-V Clusters. The process of "draining" a host (moving guest VM’s off to another cluster node) was accomplished using a PowerShell script. The next steps include assigning updates and then monitoring the updates through the process of installation. Just to…

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Opalis 6.3: What version do I have installed?

The latest version of Opalis may have been a big release because of the new support for Windows Server 2008 and the new System Center Integration Packs, but it’s still an upgrade – it requires installing 6.2.2 first. This, along with the fact that Opalis is comprised of several components and not everything was updated…

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Opalis 6.3: Running PowerShell scripts on 64-Bit Operating Systems

Last week I posted about using a PowerShell script to automate VM cluster maintenance, and talked about how the VMM PowerShell snap-in is 64-bit, while Opalis is 32-bit (and therefore runs PowerShell in 32-bit mode). I thought I would take a second and create a separate post on this to call this out specifically because…

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Opalis 6.3: System Center Service Manager Cross Service-Desk Interoperability

It’s only natural that a new Service Desk solution should have to interoperate with an existing Service Desk solution.  The reason for this should be pretty obvious:  Everyone in IT uses the Service Desk pretty much every day.  So migrating is bound to present certain challenges as a new, modern system is built out and…

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