“How Opalis and System Center can make your life so much easier” by SCUG.be (9 Sept in Brussels)

August 23rd, 2010 No comments

The SCUG group organizes an event in Brussels that I will attend đŸ™‚ It’s free but you need to register!

The System Center User Group Belgium invites you to their next free event, where they’ll show you how we can use Opalis and the System Center suite together to make your life easier! With real life examples, like maintenance mode due to server patching, using System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) as the manager of managers, automating VM creation, Alert enrichment,  etc they will demonstrate how to use the full strength of Opalis as an orchestration tool together with Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager (SCDPM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Service Manager (SCSM) and Configuration Manager (SCCM). If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session!

Practical info

  • Date: 9 September 2010
  • Location: Microsoft Belgium, Da Vincilaan 3, 1935 Zaventem
  • Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen
  • Registration is free but required

Read more at SCUG

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Powershell WMI Explorer

August 20th, 2010 No comments

WMI was in the past commonly used for scripting tasks and sometimes it handy to know which classes are installed on a server/workstation. Today I found a WMI GUI that was written in Powershell by Marc van Orsouw. He has a blog called The PowerShell Guy and you can download it from here!

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Opalis: Integration Pack for Data Manipulation

August 18th, 2010 2 comments

There has been quite a bit of discussion in various places around manipulating data that is captured and processed through Opalis Integration Server. While Opalis Integration Server comes with many objects out of the box that make data management a breeze, there are opportunities for better data manipulation capabilities for the information on the data bus.

This is where the Integration Pack for Data Manipulation comes in. A series of objects that can be added into your Opalis Integration Server environment to provide extended data management capabilities. Read further at Source…

Integration Pack for Data Manipulation

I have installed the IP and these are the objects that are added

Source: Technet

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QIK Wizard: add dependency files

August 17th, 2010 No comments

When you create a new Assembly that needs a dependency file to run you will need to add this file to the Integration Pack when building. In my case I wanted to execute some PowerShell commands from a file.

I installed PowerShell v2.0 so your command would be

powershell -file .<myscript.ps1> <func1> <arg0>

but this doesn’t work from an Integration Pack since it will look for the file in C:WindowsSystem32

The Integration Pack copies dependency files to

C:Program FilesCommon FilesOpalis SoftwareOpalis Integration ServerExtensionsSupportbin

and this folder is part of the Environment Variable PATH

So changing your command to this solves that problem and the Integration Pack executes the commands from the PowerShell file

powershell.exe <myscript.ps1> <func1> <arg0>

It’s off course better to use a custom dll-file but I don’t have any experience with C# so that’s for later.

I’ll post my own custom Integration Pack later this week!

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Opalis: working with XML-files

August 16th, 2010 No comments

I personally don’t like to store hard coded values in any of my scripts. They limit your abilities for future use. it’s the same with Opalis so I decided to store my configuration in an XML-file.

1) create a new .xml-file and create a new tree

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>





Read more…

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Opalis: Quick Integration Kit (QIK) videos

August 13th, 2010 No comments

Charles Joy has uploaded about 15 videos (YouTube) that describe how-to use the QIK tool to create your own Integration Pack. You can download the zip-file with the C# source-files on Technet Blog

Click here to see the videos

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Powershell v2 released for pre Windows 7 machines

August 12th, 2010 No comments

Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy. IT Professionals can now easily manage their Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines through PowerShell remoting – that’s a huge win!

You can download the packages here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151321

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Powershell: check installed version

August 12th, 2010 No comments

It might be usefull to know which version of Powershell is installed on your server / desktop.
Open a dos-prompt and then open a PowerShell session. There are 3 ways to check the installed version

Method 1


Method 2


Method 3 (works only with v2)


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Script to add DNS suffixes to a NIC

August 11th, 2010 2 comments

Adjust the array with your dns suffixes and save as a .VBS file

DNSSuffixSearchOrder = Array(“MYDNS1.COM”, “MYDNS2.COM”)

Set WMI = GetObject(“WinMgmts://”)

Set adapter = GetObject(“winmgmts:Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration”)

adapter.SetDNSSuffixSearchOrder (DNSSuffixSearchOrder)

Archive post Jan 7th, 2007

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Win2003 Reload default security settings

August 11th, 2010 No comments

This command will reload the default security settings for a Windows 2003 server. Can be usefull if someone else messed around or a wrong GPO was applied.

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%repairsecsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

Archive post: Dec 22th, 2006

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