mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

Welcome to the blog of the Microsoft Consulting Services infrastructure team in Ireland

April, 2007

  • It is Here! Systems Management Server 2003 Sp3!

    With full Vista Support, the integration of asset intelligence for license reporting, software consolidation and upgrade planning, a hotfix rollup of course and x64 architecture support. SMS Sp3 comes through with a bundle of new capabilities. Download...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Review

    ADT magazine has recently published a short review of VMM. The review, plus a link to downloading the current beta of the product, is available here. It's interesting to note how much emphasis is on the major changes - this really is a major leap forward...
  • MIIS 2003 SP2 now available

    For those of you running MIIS 2003 SP1 in your infrastructures, SP2 for MIIS 2003 is now available for download. This will bring a number of benefits to your MIIS deployment, not least of which is support for SQL Server 2005 as the database for MIIS,...
  • Windows Server - Longhorn Beta 3 released. How are we distributing it?

    Colm Torris (our resident Technet manager) recently blogged about the public availability and download of Longhorn Beta 3 - his post is here . We've also got an interesting video showing how this beta is being so widely distributed globally, and the challenges...
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit

    If you are thinking of deploying Vista and are concerned about the compatability of your curently deployed applications, Microsoft has released the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.0), available as a free download. Basically the ACT will advise...
  • REMINDER - Have you Upgraded to ITMU Revision 3????

    Do you have SMS 2003 in your infrastructure? Are you patching through SMS 2003? Are you using the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates for Patching? Have you upgraded to ITMU Revision 3? If you have answered yes to the first 3 questions and no to the...
  • SMS Reporting Point 10,000 Row Limit

    Have you ever received this message when trying to run a report that will have tons of information? Response object error 'ASP 0251 : 80004005' Response Buffer Limit Exceeded /smsreporting_mat/Report.asp, line 0 Execution of the ASP page caused the Response...
  • Infrastructure Optimisation on Technet

    A large part of the work we do as infrastructure consultants involves helping our customers to move towards a more dynamic infrastructure as per the Microsoft Infrastructure Optimisation (IO) Model. For anyone who may not be familiar with the IO model...
  • System Center Essentials 2007 RC1 released

    For those of you who are involved in the management and monitoring of small to mid-size Microsoft infrastructures, I would thoroughly reccomend that you have a look at System Center Essentials (SCE) 2007. RC1 for this product has been released. In...
  • Operations Manager webcasts update

    The online videos I referred to here are now zipped up in wmv format for download and offline viewing. 180MB download, and here's the link. A great way to learn the new features without having to read too much documentation :-)
  • Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Vista

    Care to know all of the new stuff that is included in the group policy settings? There is a very comprehensive gp settings spreadsheet for download here .
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 Webcasts on TechNet

    Now that SCOM 2007 has RTM'd, the below webcasts should be of help in getting up to speed with the new product. They're on average 5-6 minutes long, so are a good way to learn about the product in bite-size chunks. Active Directory Integration This video...