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TechNet Wiki Beta Arrives!

The TechNet Wiki is a library of information about Microsoft technologies written by the community for the community. Whether you write code, manage servers, keep mission-critical sites up and running, or just enjoy digging into details, we think you will be at home in the TechNet Wiki. For more information including how you can participate see:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/

AMT Firmware versions 4.2 and 5.2 are supported on ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 and SP2

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and SP2 now supports AMT firmware versions 4.2 and version 5.2 with a minimum revision of 5.2.10 with the out of band management feature for both in-band provisioning and out of band provisioning. No software updates are required.

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2010/03/04/some-updates-to-what-s-supported-in-system-center-configuration-manager-2007.aspx

Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

Customers who are licensed for SMSE/SMSD will be receiving notifications of the grant of Opalis software. Any SMSE or SMSD customer with active Software Assurance on or after December 10 2009 will receive the Opalis grant. Trail Software is available from Opalis.com (redirected to MS Download Center in the upcoming weeks). There are MMS sessions planned for Opalis and expansion of interoperatability capabilities through Integration Packs is planned for UNIX, Linux Radhat, SUSE and the System Center Suite.

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/03/03/opalis-software-availability-and-roadmap-news.aspx

The Manageability Guys

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

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

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

Configuration Manager & SMS

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

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

USMT Failures Due To Bad Profile List Entries

One of the main goals of the User State Migration Tool is to capture and restore data in user profiles. There are some conditions related to user profiles that may cause the tool to exit with an error. One of these is bad ProfileList entries.

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2010/03/28/usmt-failures-due-to-bad-profile-list-entries.aspx

MDT Debugger

When creating and configuring an LTI deployment solution there is one thing that can cause frustration: debugging custom scripts. This nifty little tool makes debugging most custom actions, script or not, simpler and prevents MDT from terminating with the red error screen if the custom action has failed.

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2010/03/22/mdt-debugger.aspx

Adding Support for 802.1x to WinPE

It seems that a lot of people are interested in implementing 802.1x in WinPE. The follow link will provide the instructions on how to add 802.1x support to an existing WinPE image.

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2010/03/02/adding-support-for-802-1x-to-winpe.aspx

The Out Of Band Management Support Team blog

http://blogs.technet.com/oob/

Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - Configuration Manager

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

Hiding (and showing) the task sequence progress dialog box

The task sequencer used in MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 is designed to show you at all times what’s going on with your task sequence, you can just tell this dialog to close itself using a very simple script:

http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2010/03/26/hiding-and-showing-the-task-sequence-progress-dialog-box.aspx

Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com

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

Operations Manager & MOM

Troubleshooting alert storms in OpsMgr 2007

A large and sudden increase in the number of alerts is called an alert storm. An alert storm can be a symptom of massive changes of some kind within your management group, such as the catastrophic failure of networks. An alert storm can also be a symptom of configuration issues within Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, here is some guidance troubleshooting them.

http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/archive/2010/02/25/troubleshooting-alert-storms-in-opsmgr-2007.aspx

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/kevinholman/

Other

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 SP1 Documentation

This OpsMgr SP1 download set contains Operations Guide, Deployment Guide, Design Guide, Migration Guide and a Report Authoring Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d826b836-59e5-4628-939e-2b852ed79859%20

Configuration Manager & SMS

Updates to Discovery Documentation

Updates to online TechNet documentation for Active Directory and Network Discovery. Applicable to System Center Configuration Manager 2007, R2, SP1 & SP2.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633276.aspx

Downloads

Operations Manager & MOM

Windows Server Operating System MP & Guide for OpsMgr 2007

The Windows Server Operating System management pack provides the fundamental monitoring basics for computers running the Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 Operating System.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3529d233-5e3e-4b51-8f66-5d6f27005ec3%20

Windows Server IIS7 MP & Guide for OpsMgr 2007

The Internet Information Services Management Pack provides proactive and reactive monitoring of your Internet Information Services (IIS) environment. Note: For System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 environment, hotfix K971541 or later is required in order to manage IIS 7 by using this management pack.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d351bca8-182b-4223-8c9e-627e184ba02b%20

Microsoft BizTalk Server MP & Guide for OpsMgr 2007

The BizTalk Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 provides monitoring for BizTalk Server 2006, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and BizTalk Server 2009.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=389fcb89-f4cf-46d7-bc6e-57830d234f91

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Sizing Helper

The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Sizing Helper is an interactive document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of Operations Manager 2007 R2. It helps you plan the correct amount of infrastructure needed for a new OpsMgr R2 deployment, removing the uncertainties in making IT hardware purchases and optimizes cost. A typical recommendation will include the recommended hardware specification for each server role, topology diagram and storage requirement.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b0e059e9-9f19-47b9-8b01-e864aebf210c

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

System Center Configuration Manager 2007: User data from the USMT may be deleted unexpectedly by the task sequence engine during the operating system deployment process in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958808/EN-US

System Center Configuration Manager 2007: 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

System Center Configuration Manager 2007: The Windows Deployment Service stops responding when you use a PXE service point on a computer that is running a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or SP2 site server (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976073/EN-US

System Center Configuration Manager 2007: 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 (Updated)

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

System Center Configuration Manager 2007: The Compliance Evaluation report is not localized correctly on the Japanese version of the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978759/EN-US

Other

System Center Data Protection Manager 07: How to troubleshoot Data Protection Manager 2007 Protection Agent installation failures (Error ID: 370)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978900/EN-US

System Center Data Protection Manager 07: Fast inventory fails when you try to use an IBM 35XX Series mainframe with Data Protection Manager 2007

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978901/EN-US