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System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Release Candidate Now Available

Release Candidate (RC) 1 of the next release of Systems Management Server (SMS), entitled System Center Configuration Manager 2007, is now available for download. With major investments in simplicity, configuration, deployment and security, Configuration Manager 2007 dramatically simplifies system deployment, task automation, compliance management, and policy based security management allowing for increased business agility.

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Disaster Recovery: OpsMgr 2007 Root Management Server on a Cluster

The product group have released a preliminary documentation on the planning and recovery steps for an RMS installed on Microsoft Cluster server. The document is located on the Operations Manager blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2007/07/24/disaster-recovery-opsmgr-2007-root-management-server-on-a-cluster.aspx

Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 Documentation

An important MUST READ document has been released and it available via the OpsMgr TechCenter on TechNet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/default.aspx) or via the download site for documentation http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d826b836-59e5-4628-939e-2b852ed79859&DisplayLang=en

This covers important steps of what to backup, how and when. Also covered is the basic database move operation for the Operational database. More comprehensive information for more involved move operations will be covered at a later date.

Most importantly making sure you backup the Root Management Server (RMS) encryption keys on the RMS using the SecureStorageBackup utility. Failing to do so will mean you will not be able to restore a failed RMS if an another management server in the management group is not available to be promoted; all Run As accounts and passwords would need to be re-entered. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=87387 for further information on backup and restore of the encryption keys.

Optimizing Infrastructure: The relationship between IT labor costs and best practices for Systems Management Server

IDC conducted a research project to determine what successful organizations are doing to reduce IT costs while improving services to the business and end users.

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Events/WebCasts

TechNet Webcast: System Center Operations Manager 2007: Install and MP Migration (Level 200)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

In this session, we discuss the installation and management pack (MP) migration of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. We cover the how to properly plan your deployment of System Center Operations Manager 2007. We also look at common System Center Operations Manager 2007 topologies. We look at how to install each of the components and some new System Center Operations Manager 2007 deployment features. Finally, we learn how you can migrate from Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and leverage your current investment.
Presenter: Kevin Remde, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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TechNet Webcast: End-to-End Service Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Level 200)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

In this webcast, we discuss some common challenges that customers have in monitoring distributed applications, and we explain how Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 addresses those issues. Our focus here is not about how you develop a service-oriented architecture (SOA) or how you design distributed applications, but rather how to monitor them. Next, we look at how you can design the monitoring of your distributed application and we also explore monitoring individual components.

Presenter: Matthew Hester, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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New KB’s

KB939364: System Center Operations Manager 2007 cannot find some network devices by using the network device discovery process

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939364/en-us

KB938990: A frame that you resize continues to move together with the mouse pointer in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Web Console (938990) - Describes a problem that occurs when you try to resize the left frame in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Web Console.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938990/en-us

KB938999: You cannot configure a rule or a monitor to target a computer group in the Operations Console in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (938999) - Describes an issue that occurs in System Center Operations Manager 2007. Specifically, a rule or a monitor that targets a computer group does not work as expected. A workaround is provided.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938999/en-us

KB9383989: Subscription notification objects in System Center Operations Manager 2007 may not be displayed correctly on a computer that uses a regional setting other than "English (United States)" (938989) - Describes a problem in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. Specifically, when you view a subscription notification object on a different computer from the one on which the object was created, the object is displayed incorrectly.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938989/en-us

KB938992: Error message when you try to enable Active Directory integration for System Center Operations Manager 2007: "The binary form of an ACE object is invalid" (938992) - Fixes a problem that occurs when you try to use the MOMADAdmin.exe tool to enable Active Directory integration for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. Specifically, you receive a "binary form of an ACE object is invalid" error message.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938992/en-us

KB939364: Some report information does not appear in Japanese in the Japanese version of System Center Operations Manager 2007 (938505) - Describes a problem that occurs because information about some reports is not translated into Japanese. Also, System Center Operations Manager 2007 does not load some Japanese reports. Instead, English reports are loaded.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938505/en-us

KB939364: System Center Operations Manager 2007 cannot find some network devices by using the network device discovery process (939364) - Fixes a problem where Operations Manager 2007 cannot discover some network devices, although these devices respond to the "GET" packets that the Snmputil.exe tool sends.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939364/en-us

KB938626: The Entity Health monitor for an Operations Manager 2007 management server displays "Critical" together with a Health Service threshold setting  (938626) - Describes a problem in which a default Health Service threshold setting is exceeded and the Entity Health monitor for an Operations Manager 2007 management server displays "Critical." Provides a workaround.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938626/en-us

KB938993: You cannot deploy an agent by using the Discovery and Installation Wizard in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (938993) - Describes a problem that may occur if the Automatic Updates service is disabled on the computer where you try to deploy the agent.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938993/en-us

KB938988: You may be unable to delete a log file on a client computer in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (938988) - Describes a problem that may occur when you use the Generic Text Log data source to monitor a computer. Describes how to work around this problem by temporarily stopping monitoring.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938988/en-us

KB938998: ASP.net Web application exceptions may unexpectedly appear as monitored Web service exceptions when you monitor a Web service in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (938998) - Describes an issue that may occur when the Web service and a Web application are deployed to the same virtual directory in Internet Information Services 6.0.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938998/en-us

KB930770: Event ID 9014 and Event ID 9015 are logged and MOMservice.exe stops unexpectedly after you configure a Collect Specific Events (Collection) rule in Microsoft Operations Manager 2005  (930770) - After you configure a Collect Specific Events (Collection) rule in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the following symptoms occur: The MOM service (MOMservice.exe) stops unexpectedly.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930770/en-us