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Longhorn Beta 3 released April 26, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in Longhorn, Windows.
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For all of you that want to start to test all the new functionality in the next server OS from Microsoft – Start downloading the beta 3 version!

You will be able to download it from both the connect.microsoft.com and the microsoft.com/downloads

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 Released (SCVMM) April 25, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCVMM.
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Today Microsoft released the updated beta version of Virtual Machine Manager (beta 2). As they promised, there is a lot of new functionality, here is some of the new features:


  • Completely new, easy-to-use and intuitive UI based on the System Center look-and-feel (same as System Center Operations Manager 2007, Service Desk and System Center Essentials)
  • Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Conversions (Windows Server® 2000 or Windows Server 2003 are supported)
  • Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) Conversions – Using the Windows PowerShell® interface, converts a VMWare disk or a whole VM to the analogous VS vhd\vm representation
  • 64-bit VMM server support
  • Every VMM component is now remotely installable, including the VMM server, library server, delegated provisioning portal, administrative console and data store
  • Full Windows PowerShell support with documentation – automate away!
  • Better overall performance and scalability


You can download the SCVMM Beta 2 from Microsoft Connect

Operations Manager 2007 and Virtual host – What do you need? April 19, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCOM.
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Since virtualisation of servers is starting to be common, I thought I would write a couple of lines about how this impact your needs for Operations Manager license.

When you want to monitor servers that is running on a virtual server (doesn’t need to be a Microsoft Virtualisation technology), you only need to pay for one OML (the physical server), although it has to be the enterprise version of the OML.

This is actually not new, the same works for MOM 2005 but a lot of people doesn’t know about it!


Read more about this on Licensing Microsoft Server Products with Virtual Machine Technologies. This document is not updated for Operations Manager 2007, but I have confirmed that the same as for MOM 2005!

New documentation and SDK sample for Operations Manager 2007 April 19, 2007

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There is two new downloads for Operations Manager 2007:

  • Operations Manager 2007 performance and scalability guide
  • OpsMgr 2007 SDK and Samples

At the moment, these are only available on the connect.microsoft.co site.

Update rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 April 18, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in Exchange.
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Until Service Pack 1 is released, Microsoft now released a rollup fix for Exchange 2007.


Download Rollup 1 for Exchange 2007 from Microsoft

Read what’s included in the fix!

Updated information about Licensing for Opsgr2007 as regards to SNMP devices! April 12, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCOM.
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Last week I wrote a article about the new licensing for System Center Operations Manager 2007, but after some research I found new information as regards to what kind of license you need for SNMP devices. If you read the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Licensing Brief, it has the following information:

What about network devices?

An OML is not required to manage network infrastructure devices that are only providing OSI Layer 3 or lower services (e.g. switches, hubs, routers, bridges, modems). If firewall, load balancing, or other workload services are being monitored than an OML is required just as if the device were a server.


A very big “thanks” to Stefan Stranger for notifying me that this could be the case!

System Center & Forefront release event in Sweden! April 11, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCE, SCOM.
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Microsoft Sweden will host a combined release event for System Center and Forefront. Click on the link below to read more about the agenda and to register!

Microsoft Release event for System Center and Forefront

What happened to the Microsoft Optimization Pack? April 7, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in Windows.
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In October 2006 Microsoft announced that they will release a a new tool set for costumers with a Software Assurance. This toolset would include four products that Microsoft got from different acquisitions (Softricity, Winternals, DesktopStandard, and AssetMetrix)! The full package is still not ready yet, but you can download some of them now – the rest will be ready in may!

Read more about this at Microsoft!

System Center Operations Manager Pricing and Licensing April 5, 2007

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Yesterday Microsoft publish the new prices for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Opsmgr2007). The good thing is that the price is a bit lower for Opsmgr2007 if you look at the standard OML and the enterprise OML. Since Opsmgr2007 now also supports to monitor clients, a new OML has been introduces – Client OML and the price for this one is much lower that for a server. The only thing I don’t really like is that you need to by a client OML if you want to monitor switches, printers or other none Microsoft OS. Since Microsoft don’t give me any MP for these, I don’t think they should make money on it. If I want to have a professional monitoring for a switches for example, I need both the Client OML and a MP from Jalasoft or other 3-parties. This makes it a bit expensive to monitor these type of devices!


Opsmgr 2007 Pricing and Licensing

Compared to

MOM 2005 Pricing and Licensing

How to configure Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) April 3, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in How-To, SCOM.
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Operations Manager client monitoring mode enables the administratorsto monitor operating systems and applications for error. Client monitoring configures clients to send error reports to an Operations Manager Management Server insted of Microsoft. With the reporting function client monitoring mode can then generate reports based on these errors. Error reports can be send from the Ops Mgr server to Microsoft. Two good things about AEM are that clients dont need a agent and all client settings are controlled by a group policy.

Windows Error reporting is a feature of Windows XP and Windows 2003 server. If you are running Windows 2000, this is a function included in applications, for example Office.

A great benefit of this are that administrators can get a report about application problems within the organisation. This information can be foundation for software upgrade, software updates and purchase of new software. This information will help administrators to get a overview of software problems within the organisations, and that can help the organization to maintain the productivity instead of fighting with software filled with problems.

EAM Errors.

This is not post a complete step by step guide about configure AEM, if you are having problem with this, please contact me in a news group and I will help you. Here is a general overview how to setup AEM (step by step guide will be uploaded later…)

  1. Enable client monitoring mode on management server in the Administration part of the Console. This will start a wizard where you will input for example a directory to store the client monitoring mode data. You can also replace Microsoft and enter your own organization name, this will be in the dialog box when a application crash at a client. During this wizard a ADM file will be created, including all GPO settings that you need to control clients.
  2. In a GPO, import your ADM file created during step 1, then enable all policies from that ADM file. Some settings will be set to disable even if you set them to enable. You will have to “show GUI” within them to keep them enable, but you dont have to do that, it will work anyway.  

That should do it! Now your management server will recive errors and you can see reports about applications with errors. You can look at this in the console, under monitoring and Agentless Exception Monitoring. There are a number of defaul views

  • Application Error Events, all applications from all machines
  • Application View, state view that lists applications
  • Crash Listener View, management servers listening for failure/errors
  • Error Group View, applications errors by error group
  • System Crash View, computers that have an OS failure

Under Administration/Settings/Error Transmission you can setup everything about forwarding errors to Microsoft. Don´t forget to setup this.

If you want to test your AEM settings there are a couple of good ways, first a KB how to generate blue screens and then BANG.

This post was written in collaboration with Anders Bengtsson, owner of www.contoso.se , thanks for good discussions and tips.