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  • Blog Post: Creating a Dynamic Group Based on Installed Software

    At the Dynamics Convergence 2010 conference I mentioned to several people that it is possible to create a dynamic group based on whether a piece of software is installed or not but I never went into the details of how to do it. This posting describes how to create a group for a particular piece of installed...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcasts

    We are presenting two webcasts that include information on Essentials 2010. Join the webcasts to find out more about Essentials 2010, and have a chance to ask questions. Both webcasts will feature Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010. Integrated Virtual and Physical IT Management for Midsize...
  • Blog Post: Deploying KB2607070 on Win7 SP1 SCE managed clients

    An update has been released to resolve issues where System Center Essentials updating Windows 7 SP1- based computers with locally published content may fail with error 0x80070570. Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607070 for more details and download. This hotfix is expected to be installed...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Virtualization in System Center Essentials 2010

    So, you got your copy of System Center Essentials 2010 installed, you’ve run through your initial configuration, and now want to try out this virtualization thing. This post will guide you through creating and configuring your first virtual machine, and is designed for someone not at all familiar with...
  • Blog Post: Essentials 2010 Release Candidate Now Available!

    We’re very happy to announce that the Release Candidate of Essentials 2010 is now available. The download package is in 4 self-extracting files which need to be unpacked to the same folder (e.g. c:\Essentials). The total download size is about 5GB. Once you have downloaded the RC and extracted the installation...
  • Blog Post: Using Essentials 2010 Beta? Let us know your feedback.

    If you are using the Beta of System Center Essentials 2010 , thank you! We value your opinion! Your feedback helps us continue to make System Center Essentials everything you need it to be. We have two easy ways for you to provide feedback: online and in person. Online Please take a moment and fill in...
  • Blog Post: SCE 2010 Podcast on Virtualization

    Recently, the folks at TechNet Edge sat down with David Mills and Edwin Yuen for a brief discussion of Microsoft’s IT management and virtualization solution for midsize businesses. With the release of public betas for System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010, customers will have...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting agent deployment in System Center Essentials 2010

    Essentials 2010 uses up to three agents to manage computers: Windows Update agent - built into the Windows operating system, configured via Group Policy - provides update distribution, software distribution and hardware & software inventory Operations Manager agent - deployed to managed...
  • Blog Post: New SCE 2010 Training for Microsoft Partners

    As we move from the Release Candidate to the final SCE product, we want to make sure that Microsoft Partners are ready to help our customers with the latest in systems management from Microsoft.  SCE 2010 is one of two System Center products that will be released next quarter, so we are running...
  • Blog Post: SCE 2010 Public Beta is HERE!

    Do you know what time it is? Yes, it’s THAT time…time for you to check out the next full release of System Center Essentials – SCE 2010! For those of you who were with us for the release of System Center Essentials 2007 a little over two years ago, you know that this is Microsoft’s IT management solution...
  • Blog Post: SCE Quick Fix: Designating a host that is in workgroup fails with error 2912 in System Center Essentials

    This is a repost of an article written by Milan Jajal that I put over on the Configuration Manager Support Team blog so if you follow that one you’ve probably already seen it.  Back when I originally posted this I wasn’t part of the SCE blog family but now that I am I thought it would be nice if...
  • Blog Post: SC Essentials 2010 is Released to Manufacturing

    YES! It is finally here! We are very excited to announce the RTM of SCE 2010. You can read the official announcement at System Center Nexus , as well as the commentary from longtime SCE product manager, David Mills, at the Because Its’ Everybody’s Business site . Our original SCE 2007 brought...
  • Blog Post: ZD Net UK review of System Center Essentials 2010

    The nice folks at ZD Net in the UK just posted their review of SCE 2010, based on the Release Candidate.   Click here to read the whole review, but their bottom line was: Virtualisation is definitely the big draw for SCE 2010, but there are enhancements to the other tools as well — not least...
  • Blog Post: Essentials 2010 – Improving Default Monitoring

    The monitoring capability within Essentials comes from Management Packs, and the majority Management Packs that work with Operations Manager also work with Essentials. This is great, because it means there is a wealth of deep monitoring that is available for Essentials. During the Beta and RC period...
  • Blog Post: A quick note on SCE 2010 support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE 2010) is certified to work with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Important Note – SCE2010 will not be enhanced to support configuration of Dynamic Memory and Remote FX (new features that were added in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) on virtual machines, although SCE...