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  • 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: 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: 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 Capacity Planner 2007 RTMs

    The product team is pleased to announce the release of Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) 2007! SCCP 2007 is a pre-deployment capacity planning and post-deployment change analysis solution for Microsoft Server products including Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. It employs state of the art...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2008 Day 1: Big Day for The Data Center

    We’re just half a day into MMS 2008 and it’s already been a big day for our customers and the System Center team. This is the largest MMS in history and the huge crowds have so far been thoroughly rewarded for making the trip to Las Vegas and haven’t even had to bet cash to get it. (That is only gambling...
  • Blog Post: Brad Anderson promoted to Corporate Vice President of Management and Services Division

    In a bit of a break from our normal System Center topics, today we thought we’d share the exciting news that earlier today it was announced within Microsoft that Brad Anderson has been promoted to corporate vice president, Management and Services Division (MSD). We know that many of you know Brad through...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool - Released to web

    Great news for those of you looking for solutions to help better manage your virtual machines while they're offline, the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Solution Accelerator has released to the web. Information on it can be found at this link . Some brief info on it includes: The increasing...
  • Blog Post: Client Deployment with System Center Part 1: Application Management

    Hi everyone, we start our first in the series on ‘Client Deployment with System Center’, and logically we begin with one of the biggest challenges every customer in the world faces. Applications. Organizations are becoming more and more engaged in what is running on client systems , using new tools,...
  • 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: Thinking about Windows 7 Migrations? Here are some inside tips from early customer experiences…

    Hey everyone from GMT +1. The System Center team is sitting at a very early breakfast in Amsterdam this morning, looking outside at the 6” of new snow that fell overnight. We are here this week to talk about Windows deployment, with some of our biggest customers in Europe, let alone the world. We have...
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager Update

    As the person responsible for the product marketing of System Center Service Manager , our IT service desk and IT service management product, I wanted to provide an update on the timeline for the release of the product. I also wanted to share some of the reasons for the change to that timeline. We...
  • Blog Post: There Is No “I” in Team But There At Least Needs to Be A Couple of People

    Welcome to the new year of System Center blog posts. Scanning the many predictions for 2008 from various analysts, press and bloggers I can’t help but notice the sheer number of references to a staffing crisis in IT. (I saw this issue play out in detail while working at Business Objects – customer...
  • Blog Post: SMSE and VMM 2008 Updated Pricing Information - Effective November 2008

    Today I wanted to provide an update on some information I posted back in July and also highlight some other exciting news that we came out with today. In my previous post , I discussed pricing and packaging changes we have coming to the Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Virtual machine...
  • 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: Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector Update

    To help our customers accelerate their testing and deployment of Windows 7, we are really pleased to announce an update to the ACT Connector for Configuration Manager. The Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector (ACT Connector) assists administrators with collecting the necessary computer and application...
  • 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: System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta is LIVE!

    Like most companies today, you rely on your IT infrastructure to keep your business running. You need to find out about and fix IT problems before they lead to any downtime or loss of productivity and revenue. This becomes even more challenging when you depend on a combination of physical, virtual, and...
  • Blog Post: Showing the Private Cloud on our own Private Cloud at TechEd 2011

    Wow, I can’t believe TechEd 2011 is over. It was a fantastic show, and I enjoyed every minute of it. From the Sessions to the TLC Booths to the different treks from different buildings. It was all worth it. One thing that was going to be difficult, however, was how do we setup the demo environments at...
  • 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: Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Release Candidate (RC) Now Available For Download

    [5th Nov 2010 - Updated the title of the blog - from "Windows Azure Monitoring MP ..." to "Windows Azure Application Monitoring MP ..."] We are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) of the Monitoring Management Pack (MP) for Windows Azure Applications (version 6.1.7686...
  • 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: Hockey Helmets, PCs and Laptops

    If you’re an IT administrator working in a smaller IT department, I’m sure you feel like banging your head sometimes as you find yourself reacting to end-user issues throughout your busy day. Somebody needs that new application installed, someone else is running out of disk space and yet another person...