News

Dell Announces Release of Dell Deployment Pack (DDP) for Configuration Manager

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2009/02/26/the-dell-deployment-pack-for-configmgr-2007-is-now-available.aspx

The Dell Deployment Pack (DDP) is an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)-based tool that integrates directly into the Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 (ConfigMgr) console. It eliminates the need for command-line tools and scripts normally used in the Dell™ OpenManage™ Deployment Toolkit (DTK) software. To configure and deploy your Dell systems, you need to select configuration options and commands on the GUI using drop-down lists and check boxes (see "Using The Dell Deployment Pack"). These selections make your system deployment an easy, automated task.

Announcing the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Technology Adoption Program

https://connect.microsoft.com/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=3005&pageType=1&SiteID=16

Microsoft is currently building an update to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 entitled Service Pack 2. The ConfgMgr Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team is pleased to announce that we are now soliciting participation in the System Center Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 Product Validation program. Click the link for more information and TAP enrollment instructions.

Hyper-V Security Guide Beta Release Available – Download Now

https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=2699&InvitationID=TET-MDQK-7XBV&SiteID=715

This security guide provides IT professionals like you with guidance, instructions, and recommendations to address your key security concerns around server virtualization: hardening Hyper-V; virtual machine management and delegation; and protecting virtual machines. The beta release is available for your review through March 4, 2009. After joining the beta review program, bookmark this link to the program site to get the latest information about upcoming events.

New System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Virtual Machine Released

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb738372.aspx

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.

Microsoft Management Summit 2009

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

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.  We are pleased to announce that Premier Hours can now be used toward Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2009 registration. For more information and instructions on how to use Premier Hours for MMS 2009 registration, contact your Technical Account Manager.

SMS&MOM

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

The Deployment Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys

System Center Configuration Manager Solutions

http://blogs.technet.com/mwiles/

Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - SCCM/Softgrid

http://blogs.technet.com/carlossantiago/

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/

System Center WebLog by Russ Slaten

http://blogs.msdn.com/rslaten/

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings

http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/

Jeff Gilbert's Web blog at myITforum.com

http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/default.aspx

Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com

http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/pthomsen/default.aspx

Downloads

Configuration Manager & SMS

Security Compliance Management Toolkit

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5534bee1-3cad-4bf0-b92b-a8e545573a3e

This toolkit series provides IT professionals with an end-to-end solution to help your organization plan, deploy, and monitor security baselines of Windows® operating systems and 2007 Microsoft® Office applications.

Operations Manager & MOM

Window Client 2000/XP/Vista OS MP for OpsMgr 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f55f1803-eae6-4ed5-b2d2-9e1adf98e325

The Microsoft Windows Client 2000/XP/Vista Operating System Management Pack provides fundamental monitoring basics for computers running Windows Client 2000, XP, or Vista operating systems.  2/16/2009 937

Windows Server IIS for SC OpsMgr 2007

The Internet Information Services Management Pack provides proactive and reactive monitoring of your Internet Information Services (IIS) environment.  2/23/2009 1429

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d351bca8-182b-4223-8c9e-627e184ba02b

Server Network Load Balancing MP

The NLB Management Pack monitors NLB clusters. This management pack detects, sends, alerts, and automatically responds to critical events. 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=78d8c93a-bae6-4c5d-90af-b0bf2ce12998

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

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Recurring advertisements or maintenance windows start to run an hour later or earlier than expected when the time is changed because of DST in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956259/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Recurring advertisements or maintenance windows start to run an hour later or earlier than expected when the time is changed because of DST in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959257/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 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960804/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 (Updated)

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

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The state of the check box for the maintenance window that you double-click is changed when System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 is installed on a Windows Server 2003 x64-based system or on a Windows Server 2008 x64-based system

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961960/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Client push fails when the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Management Point is installed in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967506/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: Software metering information is not added to the database in Systems Management Server 2003 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841901/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: The SMS_HIERARCHY_MANAGER component of Systems Management Server 2003 may log Event ID 3304 and the following error message in the System event log: “Cannot update the Sites table, try this later” (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922359/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: The Windows Update Agent version is not inventoried after the hardware inventory runs on Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 2 or on SMS 2003 Service Pack 3-based clients (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940182/EN-US

Operations Manager & MOM

MOM Ops Mgr Serv Ent Ed 2005 EN: Error message when you use the SetActionAccount.exe utility to update the action account password or to change to a new action account in a MOM 2005 Service Pack 1 environment: "Unable to set credentials. Verify the Management Group name is correct"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961046/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Antivirus software blocks script execution in System Center Operations Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967503/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Frequent state changes on Operations Manager 2007 agents for computer objects may severely impact management server performance.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967537/EN-US

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 SDK service may stop unexpectedly, and you may receive an error message: "Specified argument is out of the range of valid values"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959497/EN-US

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Charts in a performance report are incorrectly scaled, or a report that contains multiple charts does not display the charts in the correct order in System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960363/EN-US

Other

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 (Updated)

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

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Error message when you perform various System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 operations after you install DPM 2007 Service Pack 1: "An Unexpected error occurred during a VSS operation"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967509/EN-US