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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: 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: 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: Two new Virtual Labs: Monitoring SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010

    We have posted two new Virtual Labs for you to complete! TechNet Virtual Lab: Monitoring SharePoint 2010 The objective of this lab is to provide a basic introduction to using Service Level Monitoring to monitor services provided by SharePoint Server 2010. By the end of this lab you will be better...
  • 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: The Extending Reach of Opalis

    It’s always great to see blogs on our System Center products, especially when it relates to a recently acquired technology, and when it comes from outside the organization. Marnix Wolf from the Netherlands has written this introductory blog on Opalis with Operations Manager , where he shares his experiences...
  • Blog Post: System Center at TechEd Africa 2009

    This month, three SC folks headed down to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa to support Microsoft TechEd 2009 Africa . TE Africa had a great turnout on their own, and it was really exciting to visit with our African customers around DPM , SCCM , SCOM and Service Manager . In all, our...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2009: Live in Las Vegas

    Events, Videos, Interviews & More from the Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in Las Vegas Find here collected System Center-related info, news, and more from MMS 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada (April 27-May 1, 2009). See also the MMS 2009 site . Can't make it this year? Watch keynotes and videos...
  • Blog Post: System Center at the TechEd Europe IT Pro Keynote

    As you read in Jeff’s blog post this morning, there’s a lot going on for System Center at TechEd Europe this year in Berlin! In fact, System Center is one of the featured demonstrations in this afternoon’s IT Pro keynote, presented by Stephen Elop and Robert Wahbe, and starting at 3:30pm Berlin time...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 lands Microsoft as a Gartner Magic Quadrant ‘Leader’

    In December 2010, Gartner released its latest Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis (ECA) . Microsoft was very pleased to see that in consideration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Gartner placed Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of its ECA MQ ! To read Gartner’s ECA Magic Quadrant...
  • Blog Post: Operations Management Podcast Series Available

    My colleague Chris Fox has been hard at work creating a series of podcasts that focus on Operations Management, and that have been published through Opsmanjam.com , as well as through Zune Marketplace and iTunes . Today the following six podcasts available for download: Series Introduction Baelson Duque...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Admin Resource Kit

    We are pleased to announce the release of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit. The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit includes three tools designed to help improve the Operations Manager Administrator experience. Included: Schedule...
  • 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: Update – Cumulative Update for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 available in all localizations

    Further to my blog on the consolidated updates for Operations Manager a couple of days ago, I’m pleased to announce that the team has pushed through the final localizations [Chinese (Simplified and Taiwan) and Portuguese (Brazil)] for the Cumulative Update for Operations Manager 2007 R2. The details...
  • 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: 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: 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: Operations Manager SQL 2008 R2 Management Pack now Available

    Following the original release of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 we are pleased to announce the associated release of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Pack. The Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack provides the capabilities for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and R2 to discover SQL Server 2005...
  • Blog Post: Updated Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2

    Just release, version 6.1.7599.0 of the Operations Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2 delivers some new and updated standard and operational data reporting capabilities. This management pack delivers ‘self-monitoring’ of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure, and includes the following...
  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RC1 Now Available!

    This free Solution Accelerator collects and monitors operational measurements for your line of business (LOB) applications. Its graphical dashboard makes it easy to keep tabs on service availability and performance, letting you: Spot trends in service availability and performance Head off problems...
  • 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: IT survey finds 'Cost Reduction through Consolidation' as biggest systems management challenge

    Hi, my name is Patrick O'Rourke. I typically blog over at the Microsoft Virtualization team blog , but wanted to share the following survey findings with this community today. See a summary of the survey results here . First, here's some background on the survey: The survey was conducted online...
  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 now available

    The Service Level Dashboard Management Pack 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 was delivered late last week by the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team, and is available for you to download today from the System Center Catalog . Assisting you in tracking, managing, and reporting on your...
  • Blog Post: New Consolidated Updates for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (R2 and SP1)

    Two important product updates for Operations Manager customers: The Cumulative Update for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (localized for English, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Korean) and Update rollup for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (all available localizations...