Technet Edge interview from Berlin published

While we were in Berlin, Kenon and I had a chat with Adam Carter from Technet Edge.  We talk through where System Center is at today, and how you can get going with the private cloud today!   We hope you find this interesting and useful.  Enjoy!     Adam Hall     Sr. Technical Product Manager,… Read more

Opalis Integration Pack for SharePoint released to Codeplex

Hi everyone, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Charles Joy has written up a post and recorded another great 8 minute video demo to showcase the new SharePoint Integration Pack (IP).  The Integration Pack for Microsoft SharePoint enables you to manipulate SharePoint Lists and Libraries (e.g. Document Libraries, Image Libraries etc.) to add, modify… Read more

The Opalis 6.3 Technet Library is Live!

Hi Everybody Just a quick post to let you know that the Opalis 6.3 Technet Library is now live at  As you can see in the screenshot below, this includes detailed information on the new System Center Integration Packs and the activities within these IP’s.    Adam Hall     Sr. Technical Product Manager, Opalis   … Read more

Opalis 6.3 release–interviews with the Engineering team!

The Opalis 6.3 release today has been a major achievement, and the engineering teams have worked really hard to deliver this significant update. I went for a walk around the hallways today and interviewed the Program Managers for the Opalis 6.3 release, and in a stroke of genius also managed to get Rich Halbert and… Read more

Opalis 6.3 Download links now live!

Following on from this morning’s Opalis 6.3 release announcement, the download links for Opalis 6.3 are now live! Browse over to the Opalis site where you will find the links have been updated.  Note that there are now 3 links.  There are download links for the Full and 180 day trial versions, and also a… Read more

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… Read more

Migration planning made easier with MAP Toolkit 5.5

The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 Beta. Join the MAP 5.5 Beta.  Members, bookmark this link to get the latest project details. Simplify planning for upgrade or migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 Beta…. Read more

Webcast–Customizing Service Manager and Opalis

This is a live demo by Travis Wright (Service Manager) and Jim Pitts (Opalis) recorded in Berlin at TechEd EMEA. Travis and Jim’s session was very well received, so we grabbed them and made them do it again straight after! In this demo, Travis creates custom items in Service Manager, and then Jim connects to… Read more

TechEd Europe 2010 Days 2-4: Blogs, Tweets, and Videos

The first day’s keynote out of the way, online chatter about TechEd Europe 2010 turned to session reporting, the announced naming of Configuration Manager 2012 (formerly “v.Next”), and continued absorption of Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud computing, Hyper-V Cloud in particular. To give you a kind of wrap up of the goings-on of the past several… Read more

Configuration Assessment from the cloud with Microsoft Codename Atlanta

[11/12: Updated URL of Atlanta website] This week during the day one keynote at the 2010 PASS Summit in Seattle, Microsoft Senior Vice President Ted Kummert announced the public availability of Microsoft Codename Atlanta, a new configuration assessment cloud service that helps customers to reduce downtime and improve the performance of Microsoft SQL server deployments. … Read more