News

HP releases Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center

HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center enables Microsoft System Center customers to deploy, monitor, control, and optimize their HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem platforms directly from Microsoft System Center products.  This enhanced visibility into the health of HP servers and server blades enables faster response to server failures, reducing the risk of downtime for both physical and virtual environments.  It also reduces deployment and update times and delivers greater control of server power to help IT organizations increase staff productivity and optimize use of power and cooling capacity.

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2009/06/02/guest-blog-post-hp-delivers-industry-first-management-capabilities-for-microsoft-system-center.aspx

 

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/  

 

System Center WebLog by Russ Slaten

http://blogs.msdn.com/rslaten/  

 

Configuration Manager & SMS

Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for June 2009

The Configuration Manager documentation library has been updated.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680651.aspx

 

Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 public beta now available

Yesterday the Configuration Manager product team announced the release of the public beta for Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and it’s available for download for all customers.  Service Pack 2 for Configuration Manager 2007 delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.  In addition, Service Pack 2 delivers continued innovation with Intel vPro technology, support for Branch Cache enabled environments, and continued development for 64 bit architectures. 

http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/06/17/announcement-configuration-manager-2007-service-pack-2-public-beta.aspx

 

Updates to Supported Platforms for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 (SP1 and/or R2)

    System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and/or R2 now supports the use of SQL Server 2008 SP1.

    No hotfixes are required.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are now supported on Systems Management Server 2003 SP3

    Systems Management Server 2003 SP3 now supports Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 as clients.  Administrator consoles or site server roles will not be supported on these platforms.

    No hotfixes are required.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 RTM

    System Center Configuration 2007 SP1 now supports Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 as clients.  Administrator consoles or site server roles will not be supported on these platforms.

    The following hotfixes are required:

        KB969991- When you use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM to capture an image of Windows Vista SP2 or of Windows Server 2008 SP2, the image capture process fails during the "Prepare Windows for Capture" stage

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

    System Center Configuration 2007 SP1 now supports Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 as clients, for administrator console installations, and Windows Server 2008 SP2 for site-server roles.

    The following hotfixes are required:

        KB970093- When you use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 to capture an image of Windows Vista SP2 or of Windows Server 2008 SP2, the image capture process fails during the "Prepare Windows for Capture" stage

 

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/  

 

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/  

 

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings

http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/  

 

Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com

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

 

Jeff Gilbert's Web blog at myITforum.com

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

 

Operations Manager & MOM

Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 now available

This management pack supports monitoring of Windows Server Hyper-V systems. This includes monitoring coverage of Hyper-V host servers, including critical services and disks, and Hyper-V virtual machines, including virtual components and virtual hardware.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c22c81eb-c6dc-4190-a4c9-2edbf5b528f1

 

OpsMgr 2007 R2 intros two new complex deployment scenarios not previously supported

The System Center Operations Manager 2007 product team just announced the introduction of two new complex deployment scenarios we did not support in OpsMgr 2007 SP1: 

    Clustering the RMS:

    Upgrading to SQL 2008:

http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2009/06/09/new-r2-deployment-complex-scenarios-adding-clustered-rms-and-upgrading-to-sql-2008.aspx

 

What’s new in OpsMgr 2007 R2 Deployment and Upgrade

The Operations Manager product team blog just posted some great information on what you need to know about upgrading and deploying System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.

http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/archive/2009/06/01/what-s-new-in-opsmgr-2007-r2-deployment-and-upgrade.aspx

 

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/  

 

Other

SCVMM 2008 R2 RC Public Release Available Now!

Since releasing VMM R2 Beta, we’ve been working on an update to R2 and we’re readying a RC version that will ship in early June (VMM TAP customers will get an early preview later this month). In this context, I just wanted to give a heads-up on some new features that we’ve added since Beta that’ll show up in the RC release. Most of these features are a result of feedback we got from customers and partners, we do listen to your feedback, so please keep it coming.

http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/archive/2009/06/06/scvmm-2008-r2-rc-public-release-available-now.aspx

 

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/  

 

The App-V Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/Softgrid/  

 

 

Documents

Operations Manager & MOM

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 SDK Documentation

The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 SDK documentation includes information that explains how to programmatically automate and extend Operations Manager 2007 R2 features.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=a16bd9c0-55a4-4a65-ba7f-f876158be0c3  

 

Other

Microsoft Operations Framework

MOF 4.0 is practical guidance for IT organizations. With the release of version 4.0, MOF now reflects a single, comprehensive IT service lifecycle—it helps IT professionals connect service management principles to everyday IT tasks and activities and ensures alignment between IT and the business.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=457ed61d-27b8-49d1-baca-b175e8f54c0c  

 

 

Downloads

Operations Manager & MOM

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

This Management Pack includes an extensive set of monitoring including synthetic transactions to effectively monitor Exchange 2007 and report on performance, availability, and reliability of its server roles.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e9f3cd3f-9bc0-45cd-b10f-120e937ee4c4&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

 

 

Events/Webcasts

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

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

 

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

TechNet Webcast: Cheaper, Better Backups with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (Level 300)

Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

In today’s economy, more than ever, IT Pro’s are looking for ways to reduce costs while still improving existing processes or fixing things that aren’t meeting expectations – including backup.  In this session, we’ll discuss legacy protection solutions for backup, disk-to-disk replication, and long-distance disaster recovery  -- and how you can cut costs while gaining better backups and more reliable recoveries with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032412440&culture=en-US  

 

 

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: When you create a configuration baseline rule that includes more than 300 software updates in System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the configuration baseline is not evaluated correctly (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937532/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: You experience issues in the original release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 after you upgrade some site databases to SQL Server 2008 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955229/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The SMS_EXECUTIVE service process (Smsexec.exe) crashes on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 site server that allows SQL server authentication

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969620/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: When you use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM to capture an image of Windows Vista SP2 or of Windows Server 2008 SP2, the image capture process fails during the "Prepare Windows for Capture" stage (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969991/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: When you use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 to capture an image of Windows Vista SP2 or of Windows Server 2008 SP2, the image capture process fails during the "Prepare Windows for Capture" stage (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970093/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: You encounter problems after you apply hotfix 955229 on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site servers (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970170/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 Administration console crashes when you repeatedly click the “Find Now” button to filter the view on a collection

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970739/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are not listed as supported platforms in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971223/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are not listed as supported platforms in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971224/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A package that is several gigabytes is not updated on a branch distribution point (BDP) in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971506/EN-US  

 

Operations Manager & MOM

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Operations Manager 2007 Support Tools requirements (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938997/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: The DBCreateWizard tool of System Center Operations Manager 2007 fails on a Windows Server 2008-based computer that has the Windows Internal Database feature installed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972051/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Installation of an agent fails if you have System Center Operations Manager 2007 management server installed on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, and you try to push the installation of an agent to a computer that is running IPv6 only

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972052/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Description of the hotfix rollup package for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 and for System Center Essentials 2007 Service Pack 1: July 25, 2008 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954049/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Issues that are resolved by the Operations Manager Module rollup update for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1: June 10, 2009 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959865/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: The Product Knowledge tab is displayed as the Company Knowledge tab after you import a Language Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970533/EN-US  

 

Other

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

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

 

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Error 0x800700D8 occurs when you use Data Protection Manager 2007 to protect Exchange storage groups (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970640/EN-US