Opalis 6.3: CMDB Automation with System Center Service Manager and Opalis

You shouldn’t be shocked to discover that System Center Service Manager has a CMDB.  A CMDB is at the beating heart of any Service Desk solution… a very basic definition of Change Management is the process which maintains the CMDB.  Service Manager provides for various ways one can build an initial set of data in…


Opalis 6.3: Automating Hyper-V Cluster Patching using the Configuration Manager IP (Part 1)

In the Getting Started with the Configuration Manager IP article, I talked about the basic scenarios we thought about when creating the Configuration Manager Integration Pack. Now it’s time to go deeper and address some specific datacenter scenarios in detail. One of the things we hear from customers is that although ConfigMgr makes it a…

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Opalis 6.3: Getting Started with the Service Manager Integration Pack

Overview If you are going to work with System Center Service Manager via the Opalis Service Manager Integration Pack, then you had better learn how to interact with Service Manager Activities.  But what exactly is an Activity?  There exists some confusing terminology that we need to resolve before we go any further into this topic. …


Opalis 6.3: System Center Service Manager Driven Hyper-V VM Provisioning

Overview The dynamic provisioning of virtual machines is probably one of the most requested scenario for Opalis.  There appear to be many reasons for this.  Some are just looking to automate the routine, mundane and error-prone tasks associated with repetitively building requests for new Virtual Machines.  That’s the kind of work Opalis does best.  Others…


Opalis 6.3: Getting Started with the Configuration Manager IP

Opalis 6.3 introduces four new System Center Integration Packs (for SCCM, SCSM, SCVMM, and SCDPM) and updates the existing OpsMgr IP. We’ll be posting a number of deep dives into the different Integration Packs to show some of the scenarios we used in creating them, but I thought that for Configuration Manager I would add…

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Opalis 6.3 release–Talking to Rich Halbert and Rehan Jaddi

As part of the release of Opalis 6.3, I popped around the engineering teams and did a quick interview with the Program Managers. As I was walking around I managed to grab Rich and Rehan who, in a moment of weakness allowed me to interview them also .  Rich is the Product Unit Manager (PUM)…


Opalis 6.3 release–Talking to Robert Hearn about the CM IP

As part of the release of Opalis 6.3, I popped around the engineering teams and did a quick interview with the Program Managers. In this interview, I talk to Robert who is the Program Manager for the CM IP. Enjoy!    Adam Hall     Sr. Technical Product Manager, Opalis          


Opalis 6.3 release–Talking to Jim Pitts about the SM and DPM IP’s

As part of the release of Opalis 6.3, I popped around the engineering teams and did a quick interview with the Program Managers. In this interview, I talk to Jim who is the Program Manager for the SM and DPM IP’s and also the release manager for Opalis 6.3. Enjoy!    Adam Hall     Sr….


Opalis 6.3 release – Talking with Gp De Ciantis about the VMM IP

As part of the release of Opalis 6.3, I popped around the engineering teams and did a quick interview with the Program Managers. In this interview, I talk to Gp who is the Program Manager for the VMM IP and also the Server 2008 platform update. Enjoy!    Adam Hall     Sr. Technical Product Manager,…


Announcing the RTM of Opalis 6.3!

I am very excited to announce that we have released the next version of Opalis to manufacturing (RTM) and will be available for download very shortly! Opalis 6.3 brings a wealth of integration capability to the System Center suite, including 4 new Integration Packs and support for the latest Windows Server platforms. Included in Opalis…

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