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Hello All!

We have seen tremendous excitement about the Opalis acquisition from customers and partners alike. This acquisition brings together the deep automation and orchestration expertise of Opalis with the integrated, physical and virtual datacenter management capabilities of System Center. Today we are happy to share a few updates on Opalis Software availability, events and roadmap plans.


Server Management Suite Enterprise/Datacenter Customers

We have started the process of sending notifications of the grant of Opalis software to all customers who are licensed for SMSE/SMSD. The key licensing contact in your organization will be receiving an email on how you can download the software and start to automate your IT processes. Any SMSE or SMSD customer with active Software Assurance on or after December 10 2009 will receive the Opalis grant. As announced previously, the prices of SMSE/SMSD will go up on July 1, 2010 so purchase or renew now to take advantage of current prices.

Trial Software

Customers and partners who do not have SMSE/SMSD can download a 180-day trial version from This site will be redirected to Microsoft Download Center in upcoming weeks.


Opalis education sessions will be available at MMS. Partner training events are underway through live meetings and full technical training plans will be communicated soon.


Today, Opalis supports integration to 3rd party tools such as BMC, CA, HP, EMC, IBM and VMware. In Q2 we will expand on interoperability capabilities with new Integration Packs for UNIX, Linux Redhat and Suse. In Q3, Integration Packs for Service Manager 2010, Configuration Manager 07 R2, VMM 2008 R2 and DPM 2010 will be made available. Planning for Opalis v-next, 2011 releases are underway and will be communicated in the upcoming months.

Opalis represents a great opportunity to drive down the cost of your datacenter operations while ensuring your processes are codified, auditable and repeatable. We’ll provide more information about the sessions at MMS in the coming weeks.

For more information on Opalis visit TechNet.



Louise Johns

Product Marketing Manager

System Center