Opalis 6.2.2 SP1 Release Announcement

We are very please to be announcing the release of System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 Service Pack 1. This release demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to the product for the hundreds of customers using the current version of Opalis Integration Server and to the many more customers evaluating and implementing Opalis now.

Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 SP1 includes the following:

Operator Console Installer Script

This has been a highly requested item since the Operator Console currently provides no installer in 6.2.2. The script provided in SP1 allows users to go through a command-line wizard to install the operator console. Customers will still be required to download the pre-requisite components but will not have to find the nested folder locations for copying the files to the right folders. The wizard also configures all XML elements in the Operator Console for connecting to the database and to active directory. The Operator Console Installer script also provides useful File, Computer, and AD browsers for easily finding the locations of the components required to install the Operator Console.

Hotfix rollup

SP1 includes a set of hotfixes for issues experienced by customers in production. The following changes are in the rollup.          

  • FIXED: Monitor File and Monitor Folder may lose events when large sets of files (5,000+) are dropped into a folder at the same time.
  • FIXED: Monitor File and Monitor Folder objects do detect changes after losing connectivity to the monitored computer.
  • FIXED: Monitor File object does not detect files when using wildcards for two file name patterns.
  • FIXED: Published Data File Name is not present in the Monitor File object.
  • FIXED: Operator Console URL Trigger always returns an error when being called from a remote or local system.
  • FIXED: Integration Pack for HP OpenView Operations (Windows) causes a memory leak in java.exe.
  • FIXED: Integration Pack for HP OpenView Operations (UNIX) is not compatible with the Solaris agent.

Unix Integration Pack

The Unix Integration Pack includes a set of Activities that allow you to run programs as well as monitor and manipulate files in Unix systems. The Unix Integration Pack supports HP/UX, Solaris, and RedHat Linux. Added to the Unix Integration Pack for this release is the ability to securely connect to the daemon that runs on Unix computers.

Authoring & Workflow Examples

This release includes the first version of a library of pre-built and documented workflows for Opalis Integration Server called the Opalis Workflow Catalog.  These workflows (and their supporting documentation) are designed to help the community of Opalis users understand the basics of Workflow Authoring and solution design.  The workflows are available on the TechNet Blog for Opalis (https://blogs.technet.com/opalis) under the link “Workflow Authoring Examples & Samples” (https://blogs.technet.com/opalis/pages/workflow-authoring-examples-and-samples.aspx). Community blogging, incremental sample improvements, and periodic additions to the catalog are all expected as part of this exciting expansion of TechNet content.

There are two types of workflows provided in the Workflow Catalog: Authoring Examples and Workflow Samples. 

  • Authoring Examples are sample policies that demonstrate how to solve basic problems with the Foundation Activity Library and, where appropriate, Integration Packs. 
  • Workflow Samples are prototype starting-point solutions built from Foundation Activities and Integration Packs. 

Included in this category are examples of interoperating with Microsoft System Center.  The Authoring Examples can generally be run by a user with little or no pre-configuration, many interactively in the Opalis Testing Console.  Documentation for each use-case describes workflow itself, what is required to make it functional as well as identifying aspects of its design that are important.  Many of these workflows can be used as a starting-point solution or simply as a “cut and paste” library of workflow structures to provide an easier workflow authoring experience.  Taken as a whole, the Opalis Workflow Catalog will improve the Customer and Partner Experience for authoring workflows because it provides easy to leverage examples of how to use Opalis to solve real problems.

Links to the Samples are in the table below:

Workflow Samples (complex)

Active Directory Password Reset

Microsoft Cluster Patching

Microsoft SQL Server Cluster Patching

Microsoft SQL: Server Dump Copy Load

Operations Manager Event Remediation

Operations Manager Event Remediation and Enrichment

Operations Manager Service Alert Testing

3-Tier Application Remediation

VM Provisioning

Working with FTP

Working with the Quick Integration Kit (QIK)

Operations Manager Tool Integration

Operations Manager:  Manager of Managers

Operations Manager:  Maintenance Windows

Active Directory:  New Employee Onboarding

Operations Manager:  Multi-Service Desk Integration

Quick Integration Kit (QIK) CLI Wizard

Working with Remedy

Authoring Examples (simple)

Global Settings: Schedules

Global Settings: Variables and Counters

Global Settings: Computer Groups

Integrating Scripts Into Workflows

Notifications: Platform Events, Email and the Event Log

Workflow Control:  Nested Workflows

Workflow Control

Workflow Design: Branching

Workflow Design: Looping

Working with Databases

Working with SNMP

Working with Multi-Instance Data

Working with Text Files

Working with Web Services

Working with XML

Data Manipulation Functions

Field Mapping

Remote Trigger

The Workflow Catalog and associated Community Blog can be found on TechNet at https://blogs.technet.com/opalis/pages/workflow-authoring-examples-and-samples.aspx.

The import files for the Workflow Catalog can be downloaded from CodePlex at https://opalis.codeplex.com