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Premier

OpsVault — Operate and Optimize IT

http://www.opsvault.com

Microsoft Premier Support UK - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspremuk/

General

System Center Team Blog – Site Home – Technet Blogs

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

The Manageability guys – UK System Center PFEs – Technet Blogs

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

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/steverac/ 

MSDN Blogs

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

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/

Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/andrew/

Configuration Manager & SMS

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

The Deployment Guys - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys

System Center Configuration Manager Solutions - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - Configuration Manager - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Operations Manager & MOM

The System Center Operations Manager Support Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Kevin Holman's System Center Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Jonathan Almquist on Operations Manager - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/jonathanalmquist/

Jimmy Harper's Operations Manager Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/jimmyharper/

Emre's OpsMgr Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/emreguclu/

MPAuthor - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mpauthor/

Orchestrator

System Center: Orchestrator Engineering Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/

Other

System Center: Virtual Machine Manager Engineering Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

System Center: Data Protection Manager Engineering Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/

System Center: Service Manager Engineering Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/

The Microsoft Application Virtualization Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/

The Out Of Band Management Support Team blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

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

Microsoft Virtual Academy – free training

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Studies/SearchResult.aspx?q=system%2bcenter

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Notification of new Management Pack Releases as they happen.

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Downloads

System Center Service Manager Connector 3.0 for Exchange

Exchange Connector connects Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to work items. Once Exchange Connector has been configured to monitor exchange mailboxes, it can be used to create and update work items based on templates specified by the admin. By specifying special keywords to look for in the incoming emails, admins can configure Exchange Connector to perform actions like approving or rejecting review activities, or enable activity implementers to mark activities assigned to them as completed.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38791

System Center Advisor Connector for Operations Manager Preview

The System Center Advisor Connector for Operations Manager preview enables Operations Manager users to receive ongoing assessment of configuration for their windows computers. After installing the connector and selecting computers to be analyzed, Operations Managers users will be able to receive Advisor alerts in the Operations Manager console.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38199

System Center Management Pack for Windows 8 Client Operating System

The Windows 8 Client Monitoring Management Pack is built to detects, diagnose, and resolve hardware and software problems pertaining to Windows 8 operating systems. Information and analysis on the issues that the system detected are collected by the MPs through an agent on the client machine, and sent to OpsMgr where this data is converted into health state, alerts (if need be) and processed for business critical and aggregate reports. The MP gives a clear picture of catastrophic failures in your mission critical machines, trend-based alerts of significant changes to computer groups, in-depth views of health of individual machines, and reports that provide a landscape view of the health of all monitored clients.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38434

System Center Management Pack for Microsoft Application Virtualization Server 5.0

The Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Server 5.0 monitoring for App-V 5.0 Management, Publishing, and Reporting services installed on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) servers. The monitoring capabilities of this Management Pack are targeted to the App-V 5.0 services and are satisfied by leveraging events collected from each service. The events collected from each service indicate critical issues or failures with App-V 5.0 operations: during administrative interaction, application publishing, connectivity with active directory, between services, dependent infrastructure, database interaction. There is no monitoring of the App-V 5.0 Management or Reporting Microsoft SQL Databases or of the Microsoft IIS server hosting the App-V 5.0 services.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38418

System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric – Preview

The Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure fabric resources that are running on Windows Azure. The management pack runs on a specified proxy agent and then uses various Windows Azure APIs to remotely discover and collect instrumentation information about a specified Windows Azure resource, such as a Cloud Service, Storage or Virtual Machine. The Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric provides no functionality on import. For each Windows Azure subscription that contains Azure resources you want to monitor, you must configure discovery and monitoring by first using the Windows Azure wizard in the administration section of the OM Console, then the Windows Azure Monitoring template in the authoring section of the OM Console.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38414

System Center 2012 Monitoring Pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems

​​The UNIX and Linux Operating Systems Monitoring Packs enable discovering, monitoring, and managing UNIX and Linux computers with System Center 2012 – Operations Manager. They provide both proactive and reactive monitoring of the UNIX and Linux operating systems. The management packs monitor components such as processes, resources, and server agents. The monitoring provided by the management packs includes availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds. You can integrate the monitoring of UNIX and Linux components into your service-oriented monitoring scenarios. In addition to health monitoring capabilities, the management packs include reports, diagnostics, tasks, and views that enable near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues. The management packs also enable the installation of the Audit Collection Services for UNIX/Linux Management Packs.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696

Related Guide Downloads

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Test Lab Guides - Series v1.0

The “Bring Your Own Device” series of documents comprises Test Lab Guides (TLGs) that allow you to get hands-on experience using a pre-defined and tested methodology that results in a working configuration for relevant BYOD scenarios. Each of these guides also covers how to test and demo each capability.
When you use a TLG to create a BYOD test lab, instructions tell you what servers to create, how to configure the operating systems and platform services, and how to install and configure any additional products, technologies or devices. A TLG experience enables you to see all of the components and the configuration steps on both the front-end and back-end that go into a single- or multi-product or technology solution.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38778

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring Deployment Guide

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) is an enterprise-scalable solution for managing BitLocker technologies, such as BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go. MBAM, which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, helps you improve security compliance on devices by simplifying the process of provisioning, managing, and supporting BitLocker-protected devices. This guide describes how to deploy MBAM, with a focus on automating the deployment and configuration of the MBAM client to managed devices. It first describes the MBAM components. Then, it shows you how to prepare for deployment and provides step-by-step instructions for deploying the MBAM client by using the following tools and technologies: Group Policy software installation, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, and scripted installation (e.g., command prompt).

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38398

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset Deployment Guide

This guide describes how to install DaRT and its prerequisites. It also compares the deployment methods available for DaRT to help you choose the best solutions for your environment; then it offers step-by-step instructions for each method. The methods discussed in this guide are: removable discs and USB media, manual installation to the local hard drive, and installation to the local hard drive using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. · Installation to the local hard drive by using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 (MDT 2012) · Delivery to PCs as a network service by using Windows Deployment Services (Windows DS).

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35494

Events/Webcasts

None This Month

New KB's

System Center

Description of Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2802159/EN-US

Description of Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2822776/EN-US

Configuration Manager

Automatic client updates are unsuccessful for Configuration Manager 2007 clients in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2832622/EN-US

Some newly added access accounts for a package may be missing on child sites in Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2830195/EN-US

The content status of a package is stuck in "In progress - Waiting for Content" status in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828900/EN-US

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Mac client enrollment fails if passwords contain special characters

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839072/EN-US

Installing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 fails with "System Center Configuration Manager Objects Already Installed"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2831166/EN-US

Operations Manager

System Center 2012 Operations Manager: Recommended Agent OS Fixes and Updates

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2843219/EN-US

Cannot remotely install MOM agent when Windows Live OneCare is installed on System Center Essentials client

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955898/EN-US

Running Operations Manager reports fail with "System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException" error

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2836388/EN-US

List of fixes that are included in System Center 2012 Operations Manager Service Pack 1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2821047/EN-US

Registering the Operations Manager data source in Service Manager fails with "Data source registration failed"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834769/EN-US

Opening the Management Server view in the Operations Manager console fails with "System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException" error

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828790/EN-US

Virtual Machine Manager

How to install and configure a SQL Analysis Server using service templates in Virtual Machine Manager

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2830465/EN-US

Service Manager

Installing SharePoint Portal in Service Manager fails with "An error occurred while executing a custom action"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834776/EN-US

Selecting a report in Service Manager fails with "Cannot impersonate user for data source 'DWDataMart'"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834789/EN-US

Using the Service Manager Authoring console to add a custom property to a UNIX class extension fails with "The management pack could not be verified"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834765/EN-US

Completing an edit in the Service Manager console generates "Failed to execute Submit operation" error

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2830814/EN-US

Endpoint Protection

An anti-malware platform update for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1 clients is available from Microsoft Support

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2828233/EN-US

How to restore files quarantined by Endpoint Protection to an alternative location

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834037/EN-US

The removal of the Endpoint Protection client is unsuccessful for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 and Forefront System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2834133/EN-US

Updating the antimalware definitions in FEP/SCEP fails with error 0x80248014

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2832355/EN-US

Clicking the Update button in the System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection client user interface fails with error 0x8024402c

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2831244/EN-US

How to setup a mirror on a Linux server running System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2827654/EN-US

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