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  • Blog Post: Power Management, what do you get with Configuration Manager 2007 and R3?

    Hi guys, in this post we continue our theme with ‘what we heard you asking us at TechEd USA 2010’.  As we mentioned in a post earlier this week, we have been talking here in Redmond about the trends of questions posed to us at TechEd by you.  Some were mentioned a few times so we felt they...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 VHD now available

    Hi everyone, we are really excited to release the Beta 2 VHD of ConfigMgr 2012.  You can download this VHD here . This download comes as a pre-configured Virtual Hard Disk (VHD). It enables you to evaluate System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 on Windows Server 2008 R2.  It is an...
  • Blog Post: P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta 2 now available, including ConfigMgr integration!

    Hey everyone, a few weeks ago we released a beta of the new P2V tool for OS Deployment.  We are really pleased to update that information with a beta refresh, Beta 2.   The P2V Migration for Software Assurance can now be implemented using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating...
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager 2010 Configuration Pack now available

    Hey there everyone, we wanted to make sure you knew about the new Configuration Manager ‘Configuration Pack’ for Service Manager, that is now available here .  This Configuration Pack for DCM  helps track configuration best practices for your Service Manager 2010 server roles, such as management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1

    The next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit—version 2012— is now available for beta download. To participate, register for MDT 2012 Beta 1 at Microsoft Connect. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1 rides the next wave of System Center releases with support for System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Coffee Talk with Brad and Jeff: Perspectives on the Cloud: IT as a Service

    Hello everyone, building on what Brad covered in his TechEd Berlin keynote, we are pleased to present Episode 3 of the Coffee Talk Series.  In this episode, Brad and Jeff begin to tackle the topic of Microsoft's vision for cloud computing through the lens of platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Power Management with Configuration Manager 2007 R3

    Hi everyone, we continue our series today with some implementation coverage of the Power Management features in R3. Monitor Current Power Usage and Settings  - Successful implementation of a client power management plan ideally requires multiple phases. During the first phase, existing power usage...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager Extensions for SCAP ver2.1 now available

    Hey everyone, the ConfigMgr extensions for SCAP have been re-reased, and are now available here .  Some may have seen Jason’s blog here, but we wanted to make sure all of you saw it as well. Why the release?  Why the new version number?  The SCAP Extensions for ConfigMgr are a tool that ...
  • Blog Post: Update to ConfigMgr 2007 R3 Power Management Reports

    Hey everyone, rolling through TechEd USA 2010, some comments have come up about Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and viewing the reports in SQL Reporting Services.  We thought we could put a short demo together to help get the Reports copied in. The reports are installed as part of the R3 Beta, but...
  • Blog Post: Tech∙Ed Europe Attendees Receive a TechNet Subscription

    Hey there everyone, believe it or not we are already thinking about TechEd Europe in Berlin! We are currently talking about session allocation, topics, speakers, and event support.  Something we hope you know about is that as an added benefit to registering for Tech∙Ed Europe 2010, attendees will...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment review

    Hey everyone, as we continue our cadence on the topic on Windows 7 deployment, our team here in Redmond had a chance to meet with Randy George at Information Week to talk about the System Center capabilities. We spent a few hours with Randy walking through a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration, fully automated...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2011 is right around the corner

    Hey everyone, we had a chance to speak with Brad and briefly talk about the MMS 2011 keynotes that he is involved in this year.   There are 2 related keynotes this year.  Day 1 is focused on the Cloud, and the Day 2 is focused on Consumerization of IT. We hope you enjoy the video, and...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2012: Simplify Administration

    In this video, Jeff Wettlaufer, a Sr Technical Product Manager for System Center at Microsoft demonstrates Configuration Manager 2012. In this demo, Jeff shows how to improve IT effectiveness through new efficiencies for both the Administrator and the network. Jeff Wettlaufer Sr Technical Product Manager...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Release Candidate now available

    This week at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. the Release Candidate of SCVMM Self Service Portal has been announced.  VMMSSP (also referred to as the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System...
  • Blog Post: Coffee Talk with Brad: What’s in store for MMS2011?

    Hi everyone, we recently got a chance to sit with Brad again and talk about the upcoming MMS event in Las Vegas , the week of March 21-25.  This year is going to be an amazing event for everyone, we really hope you can attend.  An unprecedented amount of product news. demonstrations and ...
  • Blog Post: MVP Guest Blog: How to save money with ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and feel good about it

    In this post, we are highlighting Panu Saukko, a Microsoft MVP based in Finland.  Panu has been a technical trainer and consultant for the last two decades and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1995.  Since 2005, he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional focused on...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard: now available

    The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers keep track of application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status of computers, and IT compliance with key regulations—with an easy to use, customizable dashboard. The dashboard has a collection...
  • Blog Post: Heading into MMS next week. Not going? We got you covered too…..

    Hello everyone, we managed to grab a few minutes with Brad this week to briefly talk about the Management Summit happening next week in Vegas. We talked about what will be happening there at the event, and for those of you that cannot get there, how you can stay up to date on all the traffic and news...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager v.Next CEP Starts this week, still time to join us…..

    Hi everyone, we have had incredible interest in our Community Evaluation Program for ConfigMgr v.Next, that starts this week.  The program application is still open, and we are still accepting entry.  Are you thinking about some free training, or do you want to learn more about what is available...
  • Blog Post: We could use your input!

    UPDATE as of March 21- 2011. This survey is now closed. Our System Center Configuration Manager User Experience research team is conducting a short online survey and your participation would be most appreciated. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey addresses topics such...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2011 Registration is Open! Register Today

    Hey everyone, if there is 1 event this year you want to attend, it is the Microsoft Management Summit. The event happens in March (21-25) in Las Vegas.  Registration is now open!  You can find the event site here . Jeff Wettlaufer Sr Technical Product Manager System Center, Management and Security...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Configuration Manager v.Next official name

    Hey everyone, hello from Berlin.  This week, Configuration Manager v.Next has moved to its official product name, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 .  Here in Berlin at TechEd Europe 2010, this official name has been shared with our guests as a shared announcement across the ‘wave 12...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 on MSDN and TechNet update

    Hey everyone, we have had a lot of inquiries about when our MSDN and TechNet subscribers will see their subscriptions updated with the R3 bits.   TechNet and MSDN subscriber downloads share the same backend so software is published to them simultaneously.   We are told by the team...
  • Blog Post: Talking with Brad about Opalis

    Hi everyone, we recently managed to sit down with Brad and talk about a recent (and very exciting) acquisition. Opalis is a new System Center product, designed to provide "run book automation," which entails automating the various processes (or workflows) and tasks in the datacenter that have often been...
  • Blog Post: New White Paper from MSIT on Power Management with ConfigMgr 2007 R3

    Hey everyone, greetings from TechEd Berlin.  We wanted to make you aware of a new whitepaper that has been published by MSIT Showcase, where we highlight best practices and success stories from within Microsoft IT department.  We are rally pleased to release this paper.  Some highlights...