News

MDT 2010 Launched

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 provides detailed guidance and job aids for every organizational role involved with large-scale deployment projects.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd407791.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

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

Operations Manager & MOM

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog

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

Other

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/

The App-V Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/Softgrid/

Documents

Other

Microsoft Security Update Guide

Microsoft Security Update Guide: Helping IT Professionals Better Understand and Maximize Microsoft Security Update Release Information, Processes, Communications, and Tools.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=c3d986d0-ecc3-4ce0-9c25-048ec5b52a4f

Downloads

Configuration Manager & SMS

Configuration Manager 2007 Help File Update Wizard

Download an updated version of the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library which contains new material and fixes to documentation problems reported by customers since the last update was published. Refer to the “What’s New in the Documentation Library” topic in each release for a list of topics with significant updates.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=71816b0f-de06-40e0-bce7-ad4b1e4377bb

Operations Manager & MOM

Active Directory MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) monitors Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=008f58a6-dc67-4e59-95c6-d7c7c34a1447

Windows Server 2008 Application Server MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Windows Server 2008 Application Server Management Pack provides fundamental monitoring for the Application Server role of Windows Server 2008 Operating System.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=77eb6ec5-6932-4310-a426-f9b34c6c5be9

SQL Server Management Pack (6.0.6648.0) Guide Update

The SQL Server Management Pack provides the capabilities for Operations Manager 2007 to discover SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 installations and components and to monitor them, primarily from the perspective of availability and performance. The availability and performance monitoring is done using a combination of scripts and native Operations Manager capabilities. (MP Guide Update only, no version change)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=8c0f970e-c653-4c15-9e51-6a6cadfca363

Windows Power Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (6.0.6735.0)

The Power Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2 enables you to monitor and manage the power consumption of computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6f147c1f-e190-4dbe-a3c7-9b9a19de8f93

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (14.0.650.7)

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 management pack is designed to be used for monitoring Exchange 2010 events, collecting Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7150bfed-64a4-42a4-97a2-07048cca5d23&displaylang=en

Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (6.0.6741.0)

The Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 is designed to monitor Exchange 2007 key health indicators, collect Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and raise alerts for operator intervention as necessary.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1a83e112-8677-4e03-83c3-f1b7ebfc3a4b&displaylang=en

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (11.0.325.00)

The Management Pack for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) allows you to discover FPE installations and components and to monitor them within System Center Operations Manager 2007. When there is an issue that may impact the availability, configuration, or security of your FPE deployment, Operations Manager uses the management pack to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=74ba19df-0fc2-4dd3-86cc-07cb086a47c8

Active Directory Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (6.0.7065.0)

The Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) monitors Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=008F58A6-DC67-4E59-95C6-D7C7C34A1447&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products (Beta) Management Pack

A System Center Management Pack for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products Beta (the product are: SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c8a9d749-b7a8-412a-b2db-f3e464ed3fcf

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (Beta) Management Pack

A System Center Management Pack for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Beta.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=43d5ee9a-b9a6-441d-a35e-8a7b9b15e20c

Microsoft Surface 1.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

This management pack includes a set of rules, views, operations, and monitors to help you manage Microsoft Surface 1.0 units. These resources can help you keep your organization's Microsoft Surface environment in a healthy state.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3e0f818d-d05d-4fa3-b14e-6c817688148b

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Documentation

The Operations Manager 2007 R2 technical documentation helps you plan, deploy, operate, and maintain Operations Manager 2007 R2. For information about the specific guides available in the library, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb498235.aspx.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=19bd0eb5-7ca0-41be-8c0f-2d95fe7ec636

Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Management Pack (Beta) for SC OpsMgr 2007

This Management Pack monitors the health state of the components in your FAST Search Server environment that affect performance and availability. When there is an issue that may cause service or performance degradation, System Center Operations Manager 2007 uses the Management Pack to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3e01806c-e586-4ff1-b61e-2a5179413cf1

Other

Security Compliance Management Toolkit

This toolkit series provides IT professionals with an end-to-end solution to help them plan, deploy, and monitor security baselines of Windows® operating systems and 2007 Microsoft® Office applications. The series was updated to include new security baselines for Windows® 7, BitLocker™ Drive Encryption, and Windows® Internet Explorer® 8.

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

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 supports deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3bd8561f-77ac-4400-a0c1-fe871c461a89&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

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42555

Configuration Manager

TechNet Webcast: Automated and Centralized Deployment, Provisioning, and Updating of Windows Server 2008 R2 with System Center (Level 300)

Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Deploying and upgrading your existing server infrastructure to Windows Server 2008 R2 can be a complex undertaking, particularly considering the various configuration, system driver, and application requirements—let alone the sheer number of servers, both physical and virtual, that you have to manage. Microsoft System Center delivers a highly flexible, automated set of capabilities that can help simplify the deployment and maintenance of your servers running Windows Server with an integrated management system that covers your physical and virtual infrastructure. Join us to discover how System Center can dramatically reduce your time and effort in deploying and configuring your servers from any previous state (including bare-metal and virtualized deployments), and learn more about the powerful software distribution capabilities, comprehensive software update management, and other capabilities that make System Center a powerful and comprehensive deployment, provisioning, and update solution for Windows Server 2008 R2

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032427595

Operations Manager

3 Part Webcast Series on Operations Manager’s Service Level Dashboard

http://blogs.technet.com/matthewms/archive/2009/11/23/screencast-system-center-operations-manager-2007-r2-service-level-dashboard-part-1-introduction.aspx

Other

IT Manager Webcast: Integrated Virtual and Physical IT Management for Midsize Businesses (Level 100)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

As more midsize businesses start realizing the cost benefits of consolidating server workloads using virtualization technologies, Microsoft is developing two new product releases to help midsize businesses more easily manage your virtual and physical IT resources in an integrated way. In this webcast, we show you how Microsoft System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) can help you easily consolidate server workloads, increase critical server availability, and reduce the risk of critical data loss. Join us to learn how these System Center IT management solutions can ease the IT management pains of midsized businesses. Both products are currently in beta, so download the software and try them today.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032433597&culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Building a Private Cloud with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (Level 300)

Friday, December 11, 2009 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

You can build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 using the Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (availability scheduled in the first half of 2010).

This free, partner-extensible toolkit provides an architectural road map, deployment guidance, best practices, and familiar tools for creating agile, virtualized IT infrastructures. Attend this webcast to learn more about the components of the Data Center Toolkit and how you can improve your data center efficiency by lowering the overall costs of on-boarding, deployment, and management.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032432793&culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Thrive Live! IT Professional Virtualization Tour (Level 200)

Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Join our IT Professional Evangelists Yung Chou, Dan Stolts, Blain Barton, and John Baker, as they bring you the highlights of Microsoft’s great virtualization solutions. They will go from the desktop to the enterprise, starting with VHD native boot – a new feature for Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2. Next, they will move into Windows XP mode, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™, and finish with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032433960&culture=en-US

TechNet Events Presents: TechNet Unleashed: The Microsoft Virtualization Tour - Live Meeting

Monday, December 14, 2009 8:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

TechNet Events Presents:

TechNet Unleashed: The Microsoft Virtualization Tour

Join our TechNet IT Evangelists as they hit the road again this fall to bring you the highlights of Microsoft’s great virtualization solutions. We’ll go from the desktop to the enterprise, starting with VHD native boot – a new feature for Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2. Next, we’ll move into Windows XP mode, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V™, and finish with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032435607&culture=en-US

IT Manager Webcast: Managing Windows Clients in a Midsize Business (Level 200)

Monday, December 14, 2009 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

In this webcast, we look at two upcoming Microsoft system management products, System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010, that are designed with small to medium-sized businesses in mind. Discover how Essentials 2010 provides monitoring and management for client computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating systems, including patching and installation of new software without carrying DVDs to every workstation. Learn how DPM 2010 can now protect client systems running Windows while users are on the network or working from home or in a hotel. Essentials 2010 and DPM 2010 are designed to ease the management of IT resources in midsized businesses. Both products are currently in beta; try them today.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032434991

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The OU property of the DDR is rejected by DDM when the DDR is being inserted in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971687/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A memory leak occurs when many content location requests are received by a site server that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973499/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/973762/EN-US

Operations Manager & MOM

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974722/EN-US

System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Update

This update provides a cumulative rollup of hotfixes for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 together with the following improvements: Support for Windows 7, 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 and SQL Reporting Services 2008 Upgrade and additional fixes and improvements

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971541

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Agent Update

This update enables System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 to support the following platforms: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Solaris Zones (whole and sparse zones).  The latest versions of all Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unix and Linux Agents are included in this update.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973583

Other

Sys Center DataProtect Mgr 07 EN: Description of the hotfix rollup package for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: October 23, 2009

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976542/EN-US