News

SMS&MOM

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

The Deployment Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys

Config Mgr: New Virtual Machine Released

A new version of System Center Configuration Manager R2 is now available for download and evaluation through the Microsoft VHD program. This new virtual machine evaluation edition allows you to quickly evaluate the latest version of System Center Configuration Manager on a preconfigured virtual hard disk (VHD). You can download the VHD and evaluate for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations. Click the link for more information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e0fadab7-0620-481d-a8b6-070001727c56&displaylang=en

Benefits and market differentiators of Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 R2

This document is designed to provide an overview of the benefits and market differentiators of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 R2. The paper outlines technology enhancements and clarifies understandings of simplicity, scale, ease of use, and setup. In addition, this paper addresses some common misconceptions in the market today with respect to Configuration Manager. Click the link for more information.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/E/E/DEE6A806-2782-4D47-9EBE-A8020F256361/ConfigMgrBenefitsMarketDifferentiators.pdf

Essentials SP1 Trial VHD: Now Available

This newly posted Essentials SP1 trial VHD is available for download and will make it easier for you to set up and evaluate this unified IT management solution for midsize businesses. Click the link for more information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e6fc3117-48c5-4fd1-a3d2-927eab397373&displaylang=en

MDT 2010: Download and Provide Feedback

MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features, such as flexible driver management, optimized transaction processing, and access to distribution shares from any location, simplify deployment and make your job easier. Deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010. Join the beta now.

To join the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta, follow these steps:

1. Visit the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Beta at http://connect.microsoft.com.

2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.

3. Scroll down to Microsoft Deployment Connection.

https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=14&DownloadID=8689

IPD for DPM 2007 SP1: Now Available

As part of Data Protection Manager's continued momentum with Service Pack 1, we are pleased to announce the release of the Infrastructure Planning & Design Guide for DPM 2007 SP1. Follow the link for more information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD3921FB-8224-4681-9064-075FDF042B0C&SAMI_CAMPAIGN_NAME=IPDDPMRTM010509_IPDDL&displaylang=en

SQL Server 2005 SP3: Supported as Site Database

SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now supported as a site database on the following products: Systems Manager Server 2003 SP3 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (with SQL Reporting Services) No hotfixes are required.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd353312(SQL.90).aspx

Microsoft Management Summit 2009

The MMS 2009 Registration Web site has gone live, kicking off the project to host this year’s event at the Venetian in Las Vegas from April 27 to May 1, 2009.

http://www.mms-2009.com/

Downloads

Configuration Manager & SMS

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 VHD

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3de0fadab7-0620-481d-a8b6-070001727c56%26displaylang%3den

Operations Manager & MOM

System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Documentation

This download contains documentation for System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3dd826b836-59e5-4628-939e-2b852ed79859%26displaylang%3den

DPM 2007 MP for OpsMgr 2007

The DPM Management Pack monitors the state of data protection and recovery for DPM servers and protected computers. It monitors key health and performance indicators on DPM servers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&srcdisplaylang=en&srccategoryid=&srcfamilyid=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3ffamilyid%3dc4f5da8b-1f8a-4861-9a38-61165ff65236%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

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

Webcast: Developing Custom Reports and Operational Dashboards with Operations Manager 2007 R2 (Level 300)

Date: Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 is an end-to-end service-management product that is a great choice for Windows because it works seamlessly with Microsoft software and applications, helping organizations increase efficiency while enabling greater control of the data center and IT environments. The desire to create custom reports and operational dashboards is one of the top requests the Microsoft System Center team receives from its customers. With the recent update in Operations Manager 2007 R2 to deliver service-level tracking capabilities and the newly released business intelligence solution for Operations Manager 2007, you now have an array of tools to create new and exciting dashboards. Attend this webcast to see these solutions in action, and learn steps that you can use to create visually appealing dashboards and reports quickly.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032399073&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A task sequence that contains many packages may take longer to run after you install System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 or hotfix 949225 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955955/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Error message when you use the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 console to connect to a Configuration Manager 2007 site server that is not running Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956944/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The wake-on-LAN (WOL) feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 wakes clients one hour earlier than expected

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957255/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The execution of a task sequence that you create in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 may continue when a program in the task sequence returns a failure exit code

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959038/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The "GetFileVersionInfo" function for localized binary files may return incorrect file-version information in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959441/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The Out of Band Management console in Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 cannot connect to AMT-enabled computers

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959700/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: You receive an error message when you configure a named instance of SQL Server 2005 as the Client Status Reporting database in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959975/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Updates are not deployed to some clients when you use WSUS or SUM to deploy updates in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960065/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The SMS_Executive service process crashes on a Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 site server when you use Intel WS-MAN Translator to provision computers that are equipped with AMT 3.2.1 chipsets

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960741/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A hotfix rollup package addresses issues that involve the Out of Band Management (OOB) feature in Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960804/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Error message when you try to import OSD drivers in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 systems: "The selected driver is not applicable to any supported platforms"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961105/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1-based systems cannot provision AMT 2.2/2.6 clients in PKI mode and AMT 2.1/2.5 clients in PSK mode

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961328/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: If a Configuration Manager 2007 offline task sequence media is used to deploy an operating system on a client that does not have a network connection, the operating system is not registered

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961663/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Secondary Site Server SUP unable to Sync with System Center Configuration Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962224/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: Inaccurate software metering reports may be generated from Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3-based primary site servers

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958157/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: Available command line switches for PatchInstall.exe

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961726/EN-US

Operations Manager & MOM

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: How to install the Web Console component of Operations Manager 2007 on a stand-alone server that is using Windows Authentication

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957561/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: How to configure the Operations Manager Connector Framework to use Security Sockets Layer (SSL) functionality in System Center Operations Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957562/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: The installation rolls back when you try to install a secondary management server in a management group on which a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Reporting server has been installed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957566/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: DBCreateWizard.exe fails with an Exception when run on a 64-bit OS

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961725/EN-US

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The Product Knowledge tab is empty when you open the properties for a rule in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951528/EN-US

Sys Center 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 (Updated)

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

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Objects that are displayed in a performance view are not scoped to the specified group when they are viewed in the Web Console of Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954090/EN-US

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The CcmExec.exe process crashes on a Windows 2000-based computer if both a System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 agent and a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 client are installed on this computer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956172/EN-US

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: When you try to view the Patch List property, the list of Operations Manager agent hotfixes may be truncated on System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 systems

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958253/EN-US

Other

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Error message when you select a data source in a protection group in System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: "This item cannot be protected because some prerequisite software is missing. (ID: 31008)" (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947470/EN-US

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Description of the hotfix rollup package for Data Protection Manager 2007, dated April 24, 2008 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951557/EN-US

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Description of System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959605/EN-US

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: A replica may be listed as inconsistent after you install System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 on a computer that is running an x64-based version of Windows Server 2003

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961502/EN-US

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Recommended hotfixes for Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2007 systems

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961659/EN-US