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Microsoft TechDays 2009 December 22, 2008

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, SCE, SCOM.
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Anders Bengtsson (also Ops Mgr MVP) and I will deliver two sessions at TechDays 2009 in Västerås/Sweden. Our sessions are

  • Operations Manager 2007 och System Center Essentials Tips and Tricks
  • Managing Unix/Linux with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform

I out first session we will be showing a lot of tips and tricks from the real world, answers to common questions, and ways to work with the products to get more out of them. In our second session we will be showing how you can monitor non Microsoft boxes with Operations Manager 2007 R2.

You can find more info about the event here.

Microsoft – What were you thinking when you decided the different Vista versions? December 15, 2008

Posted by Björn Axéll in Windows.
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Since I in the past weeks have had a couple of hardware failures on both my laptop and media center machines I wanted to make sure I had good backups of the machines. I’ve used the Vista Complete Backup on my laptop in the past, that time only to test a disk replacement. I really liked the feature so I thought this would be a good “extra” backup of my media center computer (except for file backup).

The problem  – I couldn’t find it under “Backup and Restore Center”. I did a web search and found out it wasn’t included in the Vista version I use (Vista Home Premium). How come a feature like this is removed from any version of Windows. If you do need to remove it, remove it from the enterprise versions, not for the home users that really need a feature like this. So I the took the decision to upgrade to Vista Ultimate, this is where I run into the next problem:-( I use Swedish version of Vista and the Vista Ultimate DVD I had was in English. I couldn’t see any problem with this since Vista is language natural but I was wrong. I couldn’t do an upgrade between languages so I had to download a Swedish version of Vista Ultimate and do the upgrade. The other part I don’t understand is why I need to do a full upgrade when I upgrade between Vista versions – I thought it would be easi to this since Vista is componentized.

Conclusion – I really hope Microsoft reduce the Windows 7 versions to 2, one for the home users and one for the enterprise and to include all type of applications that can help home users to secure there data.

System Center Updates Publisher 4.5 is now released December 15, 2008

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCE, SCUP.
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System Center Updates Publisher  (SCUP) is a stand-alone tool that you can use to create your own update catalogs that can be imported in SCE and SCCM. A new version of System Center Updates Publisher is now available to download from Microsoft. New features in this release is:

  • Synchronization command line tool (SCUPSync.exe) which enables you to import and publish updates without using the Updates Publisher console interface.
  • Ability to publish updates as “metadata only”, which publishes the software update definition without the associated update file.
  • Ability to configure proxy server credentials in the Updates Publisher console


Download System Center Updates Publisher 4.5 from Microsoft