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  • Blog Post: System Center Catalog now on Pinpoint

    You may or may not have noticed it yet, but the System Center Catalog has been transitioned over to Microsoft Pinpoint , which should be your first stop to find out about all the different management packs, connectors, extensions and applications available from Microsoft and its partners for System Center...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 goes CROSS Platform!

    If you haven't heard about it already, you surely soon will!  At this morning's keynote at MMS 2008 in Las Vegas, Bob Muglia (assisted by Barry Shilmover) announced the introduction of the Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions Beta (Ops Mgr Cross Plat).  What does mean?  Well...
  • Blog Post: New Tool to Assist with Planning and Sizing Operations Manager 2007 R2 Deployments

    Released last week, the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Sizing Helper is an interactive document that helps you plan and size deployments of Operations Manager 2007 R2. Recommendations from this Microsoft Excel-based tool will include the recommended hardware specification for each server role, topology diagram...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 International Client Pack

    I am really pleased to announce we have released all of the ICPs for ConfigMgr SP2. International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international-language clients to use with System Center Configuration Manager 2007. ICP downloads contain only the Config Mgr client files, not the English-language SC Config...
  • Blog Post: Converging Endpoint Security and Management: Say hello to Forefront Endpoint Protection

    Today the team delivered the anticipated Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) public beta to customers. The successor of Forefront Client Security is built on System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, allowing customers to use their existing client management infrastructure to deploy and...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta Announced

    I’m pleased to let you know that you don’t have to travel all the way to Barcelona to hear the news that a beta of Operations Manager 2007 R2 is shortly going to be available. As announced today in our press release and on stage in Barcelona at Teched EMEA 2008 , the beta will be available by the end...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate

    Hi, All, We are pleased to announce that the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RC is now ready for the general public. This release adds support for the Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC .  It is uploaded to Microsoft Connect now...
  • Blog Post: The Right Tools for the Job = SCE 2010 + DPM 2010

    Underscoring its commitment to providing midsize businesses with cost effective solutions for managing both physical and virtual IT environments, Microsoft today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. System...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Update: SMSE/SMSD Pricing Changes to Be Effective August 1, 2010

    The effective date of the Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD) price increases has been moved from July 1, 2010 to August 1, 2010. Feel free to contact your Microsoft account manager or partner about how you can take advantage of the value of the suite...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting on 6.3.10: Overview of System Center Management Packs with Demo

    On Thursday, June 3, 2010, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Pacific, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for the community, titled “Overview of System Center Management Packs with Demo,” presented jointly by Vlad Joanovic , Sr. Program  Manager, and Dan Rogers , Principal Program Manager Lead, with special...
  • Blog Post: Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack Announced in Berlin

    What a great day in Berlin. This morning, Ryan O’Hara kicked off the Management Track for TechED EMEA. As part of this Ryan announced the Compliance and Risk Process Management Pack for Service Manager . The compliance and Risk Process Management Pack will be fully integrated with System Center Service...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta released!

    Today, we’re happy to announce the beta release of Data Protection Manager 2012, with the latest and greatest System Center data protection capabilities. In its fourth generation, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 builds on a legacy of providing unified data protection for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Featured Influencers for September

    We are pleased to recognize Bob Cornelissen, Theo Carpenter, Ben Lee, Tim McFadden, and Klaus Seidel in our community as they were notably involved in September. Not only are these influencers members of our System Center Influencers Program but have also been active by participating in our first Live...
  • Blog Post: MOM 2005 SP1 Delivers Support of Windows Server 2008

    Further to last week's announcement on support of Windows Server 2008 by Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Essentials 2007 SP1 , the Operations Manager team is pleased to announce that MOM 2005 SP1 is now supported on Windows Server 2008 (as detailed below). Full details on this support is detailed within...
  • Blog Post: What’s coming in the next Opalis release?

    In Q4 CY2010 we will be releasing an update to Opalis 6.2.2. This new release contains two very important updates Platform Support - The next release of System Center Opalis brings support for the latest Windows Server Platform, Windows Server 2008 R2 for all roles – Integration Server, Action...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 hits RTM

    Late yesterday the RTM of Operations Manager 2007 R2 was approved , which immediately initiated the next stage of the process ... getting this latest version of Microsoft's end-to-end monitoring product for IT environments and datacenters out to YOU ! Read more in our overview whitepaper , What's New...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Is Released

    The Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce the release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2! The installation kit is available through the Download Center. This release includes key enhancements in the following areas; Application Virtualization Management, Client Status Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Hey! You! Get ON My Cloud!

    The final release version of the System Center Monitoring Pack for Windows Azure applications is now available. This monitoring pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure. Previously available as a release candidate (RC), this new Operations...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2010 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

    Hello from Las Vegas, where we just kicked off the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010. This year’s theme is Manage the Future: Desktop to Cloud. This theme really reflects where IT systems management is headed right now. During customers conversations the past 6 months, and conversations at MMS so...
  • Blog Post: Future is Now: New Social Media Tools on TechNet

    Stuff to help you connect online with people and resources... I was a part of the team that was building these services a while back, and now I'm happy to report they've really started to bring it together. Here's some text from the official (internal: shhhhhh!) announcement: Today Microsoft announced...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting for Influencers on 5.13.10: User Centric Computing and Configuration Manager v.Next

    Apologies for the short notice, but we’ve got a great Live Meeting coming up this week that you should tune into… On Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Pacific, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers entitled, “User Centric Computing and Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: System Center Vista Gadget to Be Decommissioned

    Some of our friends in the community have in the past year made use of a Vista desktop gadget that we put together to send out news and announcements. Because of expense in maintaining the gadget and its feed, we've decided to decommission it, effective January 15, 2010. But all is not lost! As a replacement...
  • Blog Post: Scale and Performance improvements in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

    Hi everyone, recently we recorded a look into the new scale and performance improvements we will ship in ConfigMgr 2007 R3. There are 3 main areas of enhancement being made to the core capabilities of ConfigMgr. These are as follows: Delta Active directory Discovery – AD discovery has 2 main tasks. Discovering...
  • Blog Post: System Center at TechEd Barcelona (VIDEO)

    As we move through fall in Redmond and head to Barcelona to meet with our EMEA customers for TechEd ITForum, there are a number of things hot off the press for System Center. We took a few minutes with Brad Anderson to talk about recent developments and releases in System Center for both the data center...
  • Blog Post: Management Pack Contest Winners Announced

    The race to create the most valuable, relevant MP extension has concluded with a number of interesting submissions and one overall winner. Congrats to the Grand Prize Winner, Raphael Burri , who will receive a $500 USD Visa gift card for creating the SQL Server DB Mirroring MP , which extends the SQL...