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Overview of Opalis
NOTE : There is no way to monitor if the pre-backup and
post-backup scripts ran successfully or not on the DPM server.
However it is possible to monitor the pre- and post-backup
scripts to see if they were successful using System Center
Operations Manager. This is beyond the scope of this topic.
That sums up the basics of scripts in DPM. Refer to the previously mentioned links
for updated information on DPM scripts.
Overview of Opalis
Now you know that you can automate most of your DPM backup jobs and tasks
using PowerShell , but the problem is that you might not be up to speed yet with
PowerShell or you don't have time to write the scripts, don't panic there is a solution.
This solution is Opalis.
Early last year Microsoft acquired Toronto-based Opalis Software, a maker of
datacenter management software.
Opalis is an automation tool for orchestrating IT and datacenter operations.
Opalis enables IT professionals with the ability to automate best practices through
workflows. Best practices such as the ones found in Microsoft Operations Framework
(MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Opalis workflow
processes coordinate other systems such as System Center Operations Manager,
System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and
System Center Data Protection Manager as well as other management tools such as
HP iLO, IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console, and VMware vSphere to automate tasks–
Tasks such as incident response, change management, compliance and even DPM
Through its workflow designer, Opalis automatically shares data and initiates tasks
in System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager,
System Center Service Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Active Directory and
third-party tools. Opalis workflow automates IT infrastructure tasks, while System
Center Service Manager workflow provides automation of human workflow.
Opalis is composed of the following:
• Client : The Opalis Integration Server Client enables you to build, deploy,
and maintain your policies.