I am an automation engineer at a fortune 500 company.  I am responsible for Opalis, System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager.

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  1. Hello
    I have a problem with you Opalis Integration Pack for Active Directory. In the case of “Ad AD User” opalis tells me in every Test run or Active Job that the Oparation of “Create User” is “Sucessful” but there is no new User in Our AD. thats the main Problem i have. Also we need to create a User name wir 3 and 5 digits of the Name and Surename but is this possible with this Pack? Same problem with a exchange Mailbox with a new user.

    Hope you can help me. 🙂
    with best kind gegards
    Dietscher Andreas

  2. Andre Grootveld says:


    I am starting with the OIS AD IP. After a little puzzle (you should configure AD via Options => Active Directory) I can work with the components. I wondered if you are working on a possible Edit AD User object/possibility.

    Best regards
    Andre Grootveld

    • randorfer says:

      Hey Andre,

      Good news! There are objects to facilitate this already in the integration pack.

      Add Multi-Value Object Property
      -> This object is used for setting properties of objects inside of AD
      -> Requires 3 inputs
      1. “Object LDAP Path” — Path to the object to modify
      2. “Property Name” — Name of the property to set
      3. “Property Value” — Value to set the property to

      Get Object Property Values
      -> Used for returning properties of a AD object
      -> Takes the LDAP Path as input
      -> Example Output (the object will put out multi-instanced data)

      Object_NAME Property_Name Property Value
      LDAP://CN=……. cn Ryan Andorfer
      LDAP://CN=……. sn Andorfer
      LDAP://CN=……. title Automation Engineer
      LDAP://CN=……. Description Main Campus
      LDAP://CN=……. telephoneNumber 111-111-1111

  3. Andre Grootveld says:

    A bit late respons but thanks! I’m going to test this asap!

  4. Andre Grootveld says:

    Upgraded from 1.1 to 1.7 and tried to open the multi-value object but then Opalis crashes: object reference not set to an instance of an object. Do you know what this could be?

  5. Andre Grootveld says:

    Forget the previous note. Had to uninstall the previous OIP before installing the 1.7 (or 1.8). Now it’s going. I’m happy 😉

  6. Flores Eken says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Great blog!
    Given your expertise in Orchestrator, I would really like to get your opinion on my end user portal for Orchestrator runbooks. Version 1.0 was launched yesterday. You can download at EUPSCO(dot)com.


  7. Mike says:

    We are trying to find a tool that will help us take our export and propagate it through our different dev and test environments. Does anyone have anything that will from a command line perform a global import? Is anyone working on such a tool. Automation is where we are at and this import process is killing us when we have 16 environments to propagate changes through.

    • randorfer says:

      Hey Mike,

      This is something we spend a large amount of time trying to correctly impolement back when Robert Hearn was working for MS on the Orchestrator PG. The closest we came was a script that could import a single export into a fresh Orchestrator environment. There is some code to this effect on the scorch.codeplex.com project under orchestrator administration. If you’d like to resurect this project please feel free to do so, we are in a similar situation with 8 dev environments, 2 qa and 2 production. Change control is…interesting. If you’d like to chat let me know and we can set something up. Otherwise, my suggestion would be to wait and look at implementing Service Management Automation in October when R2 GA hits. This is a new automation engine built on PowerShell workflow from the Orchestrator team that is released with the Windows Azure Pack in the 2012 R2 wave. The Orchestrator team has taken most of our feedback about limitations with the Orchestrator product and solved them in this new endeavor (automated export / import, true load balancing, stable web service, checkpointing of workflows so we can do maintenance on workers etc.).


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