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Updated Management Pack – Windows Server Internet Information Services 7 February 10, 2010

Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCE, SCOM.
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This week a updated version of the Windows Server Internet Information Services 7 was released:

  • 2/8/2010 – Updated IIS managment pack to support monitoring Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2, version 6.0.7600.0
  • Download from Microsoft or use the Operations Manager R2 console to download/Import

    Note that if you are running Operations Manager 2007 Sp1 you need to install the “Service Pack 1 Update”  K971541 before importing the MP. Since this update is not supported for SCE, I’m not sure if the MP will be supported. I will update this post when I get more information

    Two new System Center beta products available to test October 3, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in DPM, SCE.
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    This week Microsoft released two new beta product from the System Center product suite:

    System Center Essentials 2010

    Read more about the new features

    Download the beta version

    System Center Data Protection Manager

    Read more about the new features

    Download the beta version

    Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and R2 is now supported on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 September 18, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCE, SCOM.
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    Today Microsoft published a technote that state that both Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and R2 is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

    Note that there is some known issues if you upgrade your servers to Windows Server 2008 R2, these will be fixed in updates that will be available in the future. Doing a clean install should work fine.

    Also note that System Center Essentials is still not supported on Windows Server 2008 R2.

    PS! Microsoft also release an updated MP for Windows Server Operating, we can now monitor Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 Server

    Read the technote from Microsoft

    SCE 2007 now supports WSUS 3.0 SP2 September 18, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in SCE, WSUS.
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    A couple of weeks ago the WSUS team released there SP2 for WSUS 3.0. Now the SCE team has announced that SCE 2007 SP1 support to upgrade to WSUS 3.0 Sp2.

    Read the announcement on the SCE team blog

    Want to learn more about creating Management Packs? July 9, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCE, SCOM.
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    Yesterday Microsoft added some more content that will help everyone that want to learn more about how to create a Management Pack. If you open the TechNet site and click on the Management Pack University link you will have 14 videos that describe different aspects related to building Management Packs.

    New Management Pack – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 June 12, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCE, SCOM.
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    Today Microsoft released there first MP for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

    Feature Summary
    The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack provides the following capabilities.

    • View the state of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 AOS instances
    • View information about AOS instances such as version and configuration information
    • View users connected to AOS instances
    • View Event Log Messages for AOS instances
    • View batch jobs and batch task information
    • Start and stop AOS instances
    • Receive alerts when AOS instances stop running

    Download Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 from Microsoft


    PS! If you are running System Center Operations Manager R2 you can download and import directly from the console


    Ever wanted to have a report to get a list of updates that are not approved – Missing Updates MP is now available to download May 25, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in How-To, SCE.
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    If you have been working with System Center Essentials, you know that there is no report/view to see updates needed but not approved. As of today, the only way you have been able to get this list is to:

    1. Use the powershell script that the SCE team has build(more information about this script can be found here) to get a list of updates needed for partners updates (for example Dell, HP or Adobe)
    2. For Windows Updates, you have been able to use the WSUS console


    Since all of the information we need do exist in the databases I thought a standard SQL report would be easier so I build one and I have added it as a Management pack that you can import (see link below)

    1. Import the MP from the Administration space 
    2. When the import is complete is can take a couple of minutes and before the report is visible in the console (you might need to do a refresh F5)
    3. The report is target to the Windows Computer Class so whenever you select a Windows computer (in the computer space or in the monitoring space) you will have the option to run the “Missing Updates” report from the Action menu on right side
    4. You can also run the report directly from the Reporting space
    5. When you have selected the report you have the option to select one or more computers and also select from what category you want to run against (Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, Hp etc)
    6. After you click run you will get a list of the updates the computer(s) need(s).

    If you have any feedback on this MP, please send me a mail bjorn.axell@advisec.com or add it as a comment to the blog post

    Download Missing Updates MP

    I want to thank Ravi K. from the SCE team and to Mattias Lind – http://blog.mssqlserver.se/ for helping out with the SQL query

    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

    Renaming groups in System Center Essentials 2007 May 4, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in SCE.
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    Have you ever created a group and after some time wanted to change the name of it? This is something I did at a customer and then I found out that the change wasn’t reflected in the WSUS console. To understand why this happens, you need to know how SCE handles groups. SCE is basically a mix of OpsMgr 2007 and WSUS 3.0 groups. Both of these products has its own way of grouping computers, and System Center Essentials combines them into a so-called “SCE DeploymentGroup”. When you create a group in SCE, the following happens:

    1. A corresponding WSUS computer group is created in the SUSDB database (using the WSUS APIs)
    2. An instance of a DeploymentSettings type is created in the Opsmgr db
    3. A relationship is added between the OpsMgr group and the DeploymentSettings instance.

    Now, when you rename a group (from the authoring space in the console) – it will write the new name to the Opsmgr db but the WSUS APIs doesn’t support rename of there groups so the name will not change in the SUS db. The membership of the groups between SCE and WSUS will continue to stay in sync since these are linked based on a GUID rather than the name.

    Some side effects that can appear confusing:

    • The name of the groups will be different if you open the WSUS and the SCE console side-by-side
    • You won’t be able to create a group with the same name as the original group – the error displayed is “group already exists”
    • Hardware and Software reports will show the original group name and not the updated group name

    Note"! The above explain the behavior for a group that you have created from scratch. If you create a group based on an existing MP’s (that exist in a sealed MP), this groups can not be renamed nor can it be deleted after you created/link it(except if you edit the MIcrosoft SystemCenter Essentials Default User MP)

    I want to thank Richard R. from the SCE product team for helping me validating this behavior

    Updated Management Pack for System Center Network Device Monitoring March 27, 2009

    Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCE.
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    This week Microsoft released an updated version of the System Center Network Device Monitoring Library Management Pack. Note that this MP is only for System Center Essentials 2007 (even that you can move it to SCOM with some extra hacks)

    Download from Microsoft