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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Operations Manager 2007 Receives Community Award

    I'm pleased to annouce that System Center Operations Manager 2007 has received another award - this time from SQL Server Magazine Editors' Best Community Choice awards. The product picked up the gold award for Exchange Server Monitoring tool . We're especially proud of this becuase of the broad cross...
  • 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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 beta now available

    Exciting news for System Center, Windows Server Hyper-V, and VMWare customers. The beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now available on the Microsoft Connect site for download . If you don't already have access to VMM on the Connect site you can get to it here by simply filling out...
  • Blog Post: Modernizing Your Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

    Last week there was a flurry of information and activity around TechEd North America. So many announcements and sessions , so little time. Several of the product groups posted information on what they have been working on, and we wanted to make sure and bring your attention to “ Transforming your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

    Hi, Everyone, Great news for enterprise, government and service provider customers who use System Center. I’m excited to announce that Microsoft has acquired Opalis Software , a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary...
  • Blog Post: Don't miss End-to-End Monitoring of IT Services in the Datacenter Live Meeting on 9/15

    Please join us for a Microsoft Office Live Meeting open exclusively to members of the System Center Influencers Program. If you aren't a part of our System Center Influencer program send your bio and Windows Live ID to scnetsup@microsoft.com . Tuesday September 15, 2009 11:00 AM PST As a...
  • Blog Post: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

    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...
  • Blog Post: IT Governance Risk & Compliance solution now available

    This week Microsoft releases the IT Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution Accelerator or IT GRC solution.  IT GRC provides end-to-end compliance management and automation for a customer’s desktop and datacenter computers to assist organizations to simplify and automate IT compliance and risk...
  • Blog Post: System Center Datacenter Management Solutions: Kickstart your cloud journey!

    At MMS 2010 and the Worldwide Partner conference , we articulated our holistic datacenter-to-cloud strategy. Specifically: a) How Microsoft's Server platform and Services platform uniquely enable delivering IT as a Service on your own terms - out of your own datacenter, service provider datacenters or...
  • Blog Post: Enable Users, Not Just Devices

    I’m Larry Orecklin, general manager of the System Center group. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here , but as I did last year at Microsoft Management Summit ( video here ) I wanted to take a moment to add some perspective on Day 2 at MMS. Before I get to Day 2, let me provide some context on...
  • Blog Post: Quick Take on Our First Live Meeting for Influencers

    Today we at last put together what I hope to be the first of many Live Meeting sessions for the members of our influencers program . Sacha Dawes, a technical product manager on our team, presented on end-to-end monitoring of IT services in the datacenter. We had a healthy attendance--around 30 or...
  • Blog Post: Update for Operations Manager 2007 R2 extends support to SUSE 11 and Solaris Zones

    Just released, this update for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 adds support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and Solaris Zones (Whole and Sparse Zones). This update demonstrates Microsoft’s continued investment in delivering end-to-end heterogeneous monitoring for...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate (RC) Now Available!

    The System Center Operations Manager team is excited to announce the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) of Operations Manager 2007 R2 , which is ready for you to download through Microsoft Connect today! Operations Manager 2007 R2 delivers key improvements including non-Microsoft system and workload...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Dashboard Beta released

    We are pleased to announce the Beta release of our Dashboard Solution Accelerator. The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers utilize a browser based graphically rich reporting experience that showcases the robust reporting capabilities of the world’s leading system management...
  • Blog Post: Operations Management Pack for Windows 2008 R2 Direct Access Server Now Available

    Now available for download, the Operations Management Pack for Windows Server 2008 R2 Direct Access Server supports a rich set of Alarms, Monitors and Agent Tasks that can be used to successfully and efficiently manage a Direct Access server. Through Operations Manager, the Direct Access Server Management...
  • Blog Post: Operationalizing Compliance with System Center and Tripwire

    I regularly hear from customers that one of the biggest challenges (and costs) they face in server and datacenter management is compliance. It just seems to take a lot of time and effort to make a compliant environment a reality. (This is clearly part of the overall cost of a high degree of manual datacenter...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog Post - HP Delivers Industry-first Management Capabilities for Microsoft System Center

    Today marks a significant milestone in HP’s 25+ year relationship with Microsoft. At Microsoft Management Summit, HP announced Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center. The first product of its kind, HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center delivers the essential infrastructure management...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Dynamic Data Center—Join the Beta Now!

    Good morning everyone, we wanted to get you this update, following from an earlier post this morning on the cloud. Today a blog post was made announcing the Planning and Design Guide for Dynamic Data Center beta. The design process in the free Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Dynamic Data...
  • Blog Post: Deploying or Upgrading to Operations Manager 2007 R2

    Many questions have been coming in regarding the process and steps that customers will need to follow to upgrade or install Operations Manager 2007 R2. As indicated in my last blog post that announced the RTM of (the English-only version of) Operations Manager 2007 R2 , only the trial version of Operations...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager Dashboard: What does it really look like?

    Hi everyone, we have had a number of requests to share some experiences with the new Dashboard beta we have released . We have had several requests for some screen shots of an environment with some data. Here are some sample screen shots from a demo VM set we are running, but hopefully they will give...
  • Blog Post: So What Exactly is Opalis?

    New Opalis Overview Videos Now Available As announced in December , Opalis is now part of the System Center family . We are really excited about the value that the Opalis IT Process Automation can deliver to our customer’s datacenter environment. Since the acquisition closed we’ve had lot of interest...