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System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is now available to download May 22, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, SCOM.
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For all of you that have been waiting for SCOM R2 RTM release – you can now download the trial version from Microsoft. I’m not sure when it will be available for download from the VL site or the Technet/MSDN site but I guess it will be in a couple of days.

Download from Microsoft

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What’s New in Microsoft System Center Essentails 2010? May 15, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, SCE.
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Are you using System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE)? Then you probably wonder what will be included in the next version. The SCE team has recorded a short video where they discuss and demo System Center Essentials 2010.

New features is:

  • Virtualization – Full manageability of virtual machines. You will also be able to to a P2V directly from the console
  • Better targeting of software
  • Grouping of tasks
  • Client and servers are now managed separately, this will give you the option have different patch option/configuration

I will publish more information when it become public available.

Check out this video from TechEd 2009

Link to the SCE team blog post

Visio Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2" Beta released May 3, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, SCOM.
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Have you ever wanted to create your own diagram views? Now you can download the Visio Add-in and add real time data to any Vision object.

Read more about the Vision Add-in from the System Center Operations Manager team blog

Download the Vision Add-in from Microsoft Connect

Note that this only works for Opsmgr 2007 R2 so it will not work for SCE or Opsmgr RTM SP1

Are you a Vista or Windows Server 2008 user, SP2 is now available for download May 3, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, Windows.
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If you are running Vista or Windows Server 2008, you should now start to download the Service Pack 2  – As of now it is only available on MSDN and TechNet

New cool System Center products and features was showcased at MMS 2009 May 3, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, SCCM, SCODM.
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This week was an important week for everyone that is working with System Center Products. Last night I was looking at one of the keynotes (click to view “MMS Day 2 Keynote”) that Brad Anderson presented and during the keynote a couple of cool demos was shown. There were especially two of them that made me happy:

  1. I must admit that I have never been a big fan of SCCM but the SCCM vNext looks really cool. The new way you can “target” application will really make life easier for the user. Below you  see a print screen of the product where you can configure how the application should be applied to “me” as a user depending on how and what I logon to. They also moved to the new “System Center Console” instead of the MMC:(To view this demo, go directly to 01:33:20)
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UPDATE – Bill Anderson talks about the SCCM vNext

  1. The second thing I wanted to write about is the new product System Center Online Desktop manager (SCODM). This looks like a “System Center Essentials” in the cloud product. In the first release it will be able to manage (To view this demo, go directly to 01:13:50)
    1. Update management (Windows Update)
    2. Host Protection (Forefront Client Protection)
    3. Remote Assistance
    4. Asset Management
    5. Desktop Monitoring
    6. Desktop Configuration

This product will be updated every 6 month and feature that were mention during the keynote was Software Deployment

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The above print screen show you an overview of your hole environment as regards to updates, malware and policy setting

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The above print screen show you an overview of the update status in your environment

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The above print screen show you an overview of the malware status in your environment

UPDATE – Windows 7 RC1 Released (Now it is) April 18, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press, Windows.
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Today Microsoft has remove the information, someone was a bit to fast to publish it on the partner site:-)

Quote from the partner site:

We are pleased to announce that Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available. Windows 7 RC is the prerelease version of Windows 7. Since this is not the final release, your PC will gather and send information to Microsoft engineers to help them check the fixes and changes made based on testing of Windows 7 Beta. Test-drive Windows 7 RC today to see for yourself—and to show your colleagues and customers—how Windows 7 delivers improved management, security, reliability, and performance. Download Windows 7 RCPartners: If you have a subscription to MSDN or TechNet, you can download Windows 7 RC now. Otherwise, you can download Windows 7 RC starting May 5, 2009.

Apparently Windows 7 RC is not available yet. As of now (21:30 Swedish time) I’m still seeing the old beta version.

If you have an MSDN or Technet subscription you can now download Windows 7 RC

Exchange 14 = Exchange 2010 and is now available for public beta test April 15, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Exchange, Press.
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Today Microsoft released the first public version of Exchange 2010.

Download Exchange 2010 Beta 1 from Microsoft

Read more about the new features in Exchange 2010

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.

Barcelona – Here we come October 7, 2008

Posted by Björn Axéll in Press.
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This year, the hole company will be at Microsoft Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 IT Professionals in Barcelona. If you want to meet us, just give me a call +46730447203 (Björn Axéll)

System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 release plans September 14, 2007

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Source: System Center Operations Manager team

The Operations Manager team is making good progress on readying the first Service Pack for the OpsMgr 2007 product. The high level themes of this service pack are:

· Address critical customer initiated issues including roll-up of all hotfixes

· Make the product easier to support

· Make the product easier to use

· Make the product easier to deploy

The first opportunity for our customers to utilize SP1 will be coming up in early November when the Release Candidate version of SP1 will be made available. This Release Candidate (RC) has undergone extensive testing for quality, stability and performance. We will be making this RC publically available and encourage customers to make use of it for all their environments, except for production environments where pre-release code is not appropriate.

The reasons the product team is making the RC of the Service Pack generally available are:

· To give customers evaluating OpsMgr 2007 advance access to the SP to aid in their evaluation and proof of concept deployments

· To give current OpsMgr 2007 customers that may have hotfixes in their environment an opportunity to test the Service Pack and provide feedback on it

· Ultimately to make sure that the final RTM release of the Service Pack is of the highest possible quality.

Release Candidate details:

· This will be publicly available release. In early November 2007, a link from our home page on www.microsoft.com/opsmgr will help customers find the SP once it is posted.

· This release will be supported. Support options include:

o Newsgroups – there will be a dedicated SP1 newsgroup

o Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS) – you can use your standard support options to get support on this edition

o While CSS support is fully available, the product team is not pledging to provide Hotfixes on the RC, rather hotfix candidates would be incorporated into the final RTM version.

o Support for the RC will end 30 days after the RTM version is released.

· This release is fully upgradable to the final RTM version of the Service Pack.

Final RTM details:

· To provide for sufficient time to get feedback on the Release Candidate the final (RTM) release of the Service Pack 1 release is targeted for mid-February 2008.

· This version of the Service Pack will be able to be applied to upgrade the originally released RTM version of Operations Manager 2007 and it will also upgrade Operations Manager 2007 running the Release Candidate of SP1.

More details on what is fixed and enhanced in SP1 will accompany the Release Candidate version along with instructions on how to upgrade your deployment.