News

System Center Catalog now on Pinpoint

You may or may not have noticed it yet, but the System Center Catalog has been transitioned over to Microsoft Pinpoint, which should be your first stop to find out about all the different management packs, connectors, extensions and applications available from Microsoft and its partners for System Center.   Through Microsoft Pinpoint you can search for extensions and add-ons for Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Essentials, and the catalog will continue to be updated as new and updated solutions become available.

http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/systemcenter/managementpackcatalog

 

The Manageability Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/manageabilityguys/  

 

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/  

 

Configuration Manager & SMS

Modena RC2 Feature Complete released to Microsoft Connect

Modena focuses on “extending” some of the functionality already available in System Center Configuration Manager 2007’s OSD features.  Developed internally at Microsoft as the first solution used to deploy 10,000+ Windows 7 images, the MPSD Engineering team is sharing it as one blueprint for your Windows 7 deployment.  The Modena solution focuses on enabling user-driven upgrades for Windows 7 clients and with this release is feature complete.  You can take Modena for a test-drive today utilizing all the features available by joining our Connect Program and downloading the RC2 bits.

http://blogs.technet.com/osd/archive/2009/12/03/modena-rc2-feature-complete-released-to-microsoft-connect.aspx

 

SMS 2003 enters Extended Support, new website launched

On January 11, 2010, SMS 2003 Mainstream supported concluded.  With the mainstream support cycle ending for SMS 2003, we wanted to collect as much assistance as possible in 1 place for our customers who may be considering a migration to our current platform: http://www.microsoft.com/smserver

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/

 

TAP nominations for the next version of System Center Configuration Manager are now open

The Technology Adoption Program is designed to provide a consistent experience for Microsoft customers to obtain real-world customer feedback on Microsoft pre-release products.  There are many benefits for our TAP customers, to name a few:

·         Lead the market by adopting critical enabling technologies early

·         Influence and shape the final product by providing early and deep feedback

·         Connect with expertise to obtain a deep understanding of strategic emerging technologies

For all the details and a link to the nominations page see:

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/01/08/the-next-wave-of-client-management-begins-now.aspx .

 

SCCM and SQL Reporting Services

With the R2 release, SCCM now supports the use of SQL Reporting Services as a reporting solution.  This will be the direction for reporting going forward and offers a good number of exciting possibilities for building impactful custom reports.  In the January edition of Technet magazine I publish an article discussing this feature and showing a sample method for building custom reports - Create a Robust, Integrated Reporting Solution

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee914611.aspx

 

The new OS deployment options included in the upcoming ConfigMgr 2007 R3

Jeff Wettlaufer posted a cool video demonstrating the new "Prestaged Media" deployment option included in the upcoming ConfigMgr 2007 R3 over on the System Center Team blog.  It's only about 4 to 5 minutes long so if you have a few spare cycles today and you haven't already seen it you should stop by and check it out:

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/01/20/os-deployment-enhancements-in-configuration-manager-2007-r3.aspx

 

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 International Client Packs are now available

International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international-language clients to use with System Center Configuration Manager (SC Config Mgr) 2007 SP2. ICP downloads contain only the Config Mgr client files, not the English-language SC Config Mgr 2007 SP2, which is required.

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2010/01/21/microsoft-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-sp2-international-client-packs-are-now-available.aspx

 

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

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

 

The Deployment Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys  

 

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

Configuration Manager & SMS

The Configuration Manager Service Pack Install Guide

This document was created to help in troubleshooting Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 (SP2) install failures. This document is not entirely specific to Service Pack 2 and can apply to Service Pack 1 installs, upgrades from SMS 2003 to SCCM, and future service pack or Configuration Manager versions that rely on .mof file compilations, SQL SPNS, provider DLLs, etc.

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2010/01/05/the-configuration-manager-service-pack-install-guide.aspx

 

 

Downloads

Operations Manager & MOM

Distributed File Systems (DFS) 2003 Management Pack

The Distributed File System 2003 Management Pack monitors events placed in the Application event log by DFS and raises alerts to indicate possible service outages or configuration problems that require operator intervention.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=7b4cf0fd-4ed8-48be-96bd-94246b040add  

 

Compute Cluster Server 2003 Management Pack

Monitors events placed in the Application event log by Compute Cluster Server 2003. Highlights events that may indicate possible service outages or configuration problems, so you can quickly take corrective or preventative actions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=cc0d2e0d-daa0-433c-9d95-7190a76cae13  

 

Host Integration Server 2006 for Ops Mgr 2007

The Host Integration Server 2006 MP for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors the health of computers running Host Integration Server components on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system. Requires the Backward Compatibility MP version 6.0.5000.12 (or higher).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=64b9e217-b3cd-46d3-970a-a2960ab5a20f  

 

Forefront Server Security for SharePoint 10.x Management Pack

The Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint (with SP1) Management Pack monitors SharePoint Servers for virus and worm activity.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=47ffc540-1858-4d80-adee-e1cdb1a46090  

 

 

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

 

Microsoft System Center Overview On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42366

 

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

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 (Updated)

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

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The memory allocation for the Wmiprvse.exe process keeps increasing when you update the membership rules of a collection frequently on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977056/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A properties setting of a deployment management object is unexpectedly changed on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977057/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The Distribution Manager does not honor the "Number of retries" and "Delay before retrying (minutes)" retry settings on SCCM 2007 SP1 site servers

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978875/EN-US  

 

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Error message when you try to use a push operation to install System Center Configuration Manager 2007: "Error 5: Access is denied"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978902/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

Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: A computer may be listed in the Agent Managed pane of the Operations console in System Center Operations Manager 2007 with the same name as the gateway server that was just installed (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978357/EN-US  

 

Other

Sys Center Essentials 2007 SP1: A push installation of  the Operations Manager 2007 agent on a computer that is running Terminal Services fails

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978360/EN-US  

 

Sys Ctr Mobile Dvc Mgr 2008 EN: A hotfix rollup package is available for System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976623/EN-US