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December 2008 - Technical Rollup Mail - Manageability

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NEWS

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SMS&MOM

http://blogs.technet.com/smsandmom/default.aspx

The Deployment Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys

Configuration Manager & SMS

SQL Server 2008 Now Supported on Configuration Manager 2007 R2

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 now supports the use of SQL Server 2008 with SQL Reporting Service. For accurate monitoring of the SRS configuration the following hotfix is required: KB957576.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957576/

Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Now Available

Configuration Manager R2 supports Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008, integrates support for application virtualization, and provides an update to the Operating system Deployment capability initially shipped in Configuration Manager. In addition, Client Status Reporting, SQL Reporting and Forefront Client reporting are all now available.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7376214F-CBA3-4E0D-81FE-AD52488BE3A3&displaylang=en

Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Now Supported on Configuration Manager 2007 (RTM and SP1)

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (RTM and SP1) now supports managing Windows Embedded Standard 2009 clients. The previous release of Windows XP Embedded SP2 had a limitation of not supporting OS Deployment. We are happy to announce that with WES, OS Deployment is now supported and the macro for Target Designer ships with WES. No hotfixes are required. Administrative consoles or site-sever roles are not supported.

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 Now Supported on Configuration Manager 2007 (RTM and SP1)

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (RTM and SP1) now supports managing Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 clients. No hotfixes are required. Administrative consoles or site-sever roles are not supported.

Operations Manager & MOM

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta Now Available

Introducing new and enhanced capabilities, including cross platform monitoring of UNIX and Linux servers and workloads, the ability to report on service levels across IT availability and performance, enhanced system and Web monitoring capabilities, and more. The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta is now available for download.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/dd239186.aspx

What’s New & Improved in Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 will uniquely enable organizations to reduce the cost of data center management across server operating systems and hypervisors.

Download datasheet (PDF): http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/9/4/d94797e2-1fbb-4af6-af8f-de57cee5b4a2/SC_OpsMgr2007_R2-WhatsNewOverview.pdf

Learn more about service-level monitoring (PDF): http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/5/725E8C00-7F98-4088-8527-189FBE73B057/SC_OpsMgr2007_R2-ServiceLevelMonitoring.pdf

Other

Application Virtualization 4.5 Resource Kit Tools Now Available

The main goal of the resource toolkit is to enable IT administrators to unlock the full potential of the recently released App-V 4.5. This release consists of the following tools:

· App-V Application Listing Tool

· Application Virtualization SFT Parser Tool

· Application Virtualization Client Log Parser Utility

· Application Virtualization Cache Resizing Tool

· Application Virtualization Dynamic Suite Composition Tool

http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/archive/2008/11/03/application-virtualization-4-5-resource-kit-tools-now-available.aspx

New Release: Virtual Machine Manager 2008

With the release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft provides a management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable centralized management of IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization platforms. New features include support for VMs running on Windows Server 2008, multi-vendor virtualization platform support, performance and resource optimization (PRO), and host cluster support for “high-availability” virtual machines.

View the demo: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/virtualmachinemanager/en/us/demos.aspx

DOCUMENTS

Configuration Manager & SMS

Creating Custom Reports by Using Configuration Manager 2007 SQL Views

This documentation provides the information to help you create custom reports, determine which Configuration Manager 2007 SQL views contain the information you need for your reports, and identify the path between the necessary SQL views and determine what columns can be used to join them.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=4&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d87bbe64e-5439-4fc8-becc-deb372a40f4a%26displaylang%3den

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for System Center Have Been Updated with Guidance for Configuration Manager

This guide enables you to quickly select which Configuration Manager features your organization needs in order to meet business requirements. Determining which site roles will be required in order to support those features is now a less daunting task as you are guided through the process. The guide leads you through Configuration Manager infrastructure-design decisions in a logical, sequential order. Accelerate the infrastructure design process by leveraging best-practice guidance from the product group and subject matter experts. With assistance from this guide, you will be able to make the best decisions for successfully optimizing your infrastructure to best meet business requirements.

Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning of a Configuration Manager Infrastructure by:

· Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.

· Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.

· Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.

· Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD3921FB-8224-4681-9064-075FDF042B0C&SAMI_CAMPAIGN_NAME=IPDSCCMRTM102908_IPDDL&displaylang=en

DOWNLOADS

Configuration Manager & SMS

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d8408ecf5-7afe-47ec-a697-eb433027df73%26displaylang%3den

Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update

SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates is an add-on to SMS 2003 that enables customers to use the SMS 2003 Software Update Management feature to update their Dell servers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d92a9bb94-1806-487b-a697-92492bf8cc8e%26displaylang%3den

SCAP Conversion Tool for DCM

The SCAP Conversion Tool for DCM converts Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) files into DCM Configuration Packs and indicates gaps in a log file that can result from the conversion process. Use the Configuration Packs in combination with the desired configuration management (DCM) feature in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to monitor compliance with the SCAP baseline.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=3&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d22e5b9a0-fa7b-4d43-bcea-7084ae6f40f5%26displaylang%3den

Operations Manager & MOM

VSTS 2008 TFS MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2008 Management Pack monitors exposed services of TFS. This management pack includes event rules and monitors. It is designed to proactively monitor quality and availability of TFS services and even automate recovery in some scenarios.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d28c745b5-28cc-474a-a5fd-944c246d7727%26displaylang%3den

SQL Server MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 provides discovery and monitoring of SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d8c0f970e-c653-4c15-9e51-6a6cadfca363%26displaylang%3den

SharePoint Monitoring ToolKit for OpsMgr 2007

The SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit helps you manage Microsoft SharePoint environments of all sizes.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=3&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3de4600fd9-f53d-4ded-88bf-6bb1932794f9%26displaylang%3den

Windows DHCP 2000/2003/2008 MP for OpsMgr 2007

This Management Pack Monitors DHCP infrastructure health, availability, and performance.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=4&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d2694e87c-76e0-417b-ad0f-5897e46fff88%26displaylang%3den

Active Directory MP for OpsMgr 2007

The AD Management Pack monitors Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008 Domain Controllers, as well as providing a Client Perspective monitoring of an AD deployment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=5&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d008f58a6-dc67-4e59-95c6-d7c7c34a1447%26displaylang%3den

HPC Server 2008 MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Windows HPC Server 2008 Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of Windows HPC Server 2008 for a cluster environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=6&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d99303c25-f3b0-4c41-a56b-f5cc57045dc6%26displaylang%3den

EVENTS/WEBCASTS

Configuration Manager & SMS

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364#42364

TechNet Webcast: Green Enterprise: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Intel vPro/AMT Technologies (Level 200)

Friday, December 19, 2008, 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 includes integrated provisioning and management support for Intel vPro/Active Management Technology (AMT) hardware management technologies. This integration provides a strong solution for enterprise management of both desktop software and hardware platforms within a single unified administration console. Join this webcast to learn how to provision and use vPro to extend the capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager to incorporate secure hardware and power management for a truly green managed enterprise desktop solution. Topics include:

· System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

· Intel vPro hardware management and security

· Centralized Intel vPro provisioning

· Remote troubleshooting with Intel vPro hardware management

· Centralized power management

· Secure wake and update

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032392909&Culture=en-US

Operations Manager & MOM

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42363

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42365

Other

MSDN Webcast: Building a Backup and Recovery Appliance Using Data Protection Manager 2007 (Level 100)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Attend this webcast to learn how Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 can increase efficiency of legacy, tape-based data protection environments to provide efficient, near-continuous protection. See some of the technology benefits of DPM, and discover what it can do for your customers. We also provide information on the availability and licensing of Data Protection Manager 2007, how to sell the product, and the competition.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032396949&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

NEW KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

ConfigMgr: You cannot take some actions when you take remote control of a Windows Vista-based client computer that has User Account Control enabled in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956941/EN-US

ConfigMgr: The ConfigMgr Service Manager tool in Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 cannot query the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP service, and you receive an "Error communicating with component" error message

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957879/EN-US

ConfigMgr: Status message ID 7404 is reported frequently in an installation of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 that uses SQL Server 2008 as the site database

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957576/EN-US

ConfigMgr: FIX: The Out of Band Power control function does not work for clients that have the Intel AMT 4 or Intel AMT 5 chipset in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957469/EN-US

ConfigMgr: Some attributes of a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 client may be missing after it is configured as a branch distribution point

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956733/EN-US

ConfigMgr: The SMS_EXECUTIVE service of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 on a child site server may crash when it handles the .sha file and sends inventory data to its parent site

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954716/EN-US

ConfigMgr: The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 hardware inventory may recognize an x64-based client as an x86-based client

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955842/EN-US

ConfigMgr: User data from the USMT may be deleted unexpectedly by the task sequence engine during the operating system deployment process in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958808/EN-US

ConfigMgr: The Inventory Data Loader component cannot process hardware inventory data from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 clients if one or more properties contain more than 256 characters in the NOIDMIF files

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957325/EN-US

Operations Manager & MOM

O: System Center Operations Manager 2007 runs scripts in the Rule Name field or in the Description field

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951529/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Warning alerts and warning monitor state changes do not occur as expected for a Web application that is created by using the Web application template in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957511/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: A custom event report does not display events that are generated by the generic CSV text log collection rules when Parameter 1 to Parameter 20 is included in the Report Field criteria in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954823/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 operations console cannot display English product knowledge when you open the properties dialog box of an alert: "No product knowledge was available for this Alert"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957199/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: You cannot change the alert resolution state of any alert in the Active Alerts view in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957135/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The Administrator Console exits when you try to use the "Set Resolution State" option for an alert that is generated in System Center Operations Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953817/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The Custom Event Report does not list the GenericLog-type events in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952857/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: An Audit Collection Service forwarder may be unable to retrieve the distinguished name for the ObjectGUID in the collected events in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954329/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: When you try to deploy a System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 agent, the Health Service does not start, and event ID 7024 is logged

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957567/EN-US

Ops Mgr 2007: You cannot reinstall the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 management server role on a computer on which the role has been installed and removed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957565/EN-US

Other

Asset Inventory Service: Description of the changes in the System Center Online Client component in Asset Inventory Service 1.5

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959646/EN-US

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