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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

Exchange 2010 RC is now available for download August 18, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in Exchange, Forefront, SCOM.
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Today Microsoft released the release candidate for Exchange 2010. In the text from the Exchange team blog, they writes that this will be upgradeable to RTM.

More information about the Exchange 2010

Download Exchange 2010 from Microsoft

If you download and install it, you can also test the new Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate (this one works with both Exchange 2007 and 2010).

Download Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate


As for monitoring the Exchange 2010, I haven’t seen any public version of the Exchange 2010 management pack.

Update – You can download the Exchange 2010 beta MP from Microsoft Download. Note that this MP install some bits on the RMS.

Download Exchange 2010 Beta MP from Microsoft

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.

MVP renewal – 2010 July 1, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in MVP.
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Today I got my MVP renewal letter that informed me that I was re-awarded as Most Valuable Professional and therefore receiving the Microsoft MVP award for the fourth year in a row for doing a great job in serving the community by helping out on forums and other community events.


Link to my MVP Profile

MDT 2010 Beta 2 is now available to download June 26, 2009

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If you do any kind of operating system deployment, now is the time to start testing the new MDT 2010 beta 2. Some of the new features is:

  • Access deployment shares from anywhere on the network and replicate files and settings across organizational boundaries or sites.
  • Organize and manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages, and task sequences with an improved UI.
  • Automate UI functionality using the Windows PowerShell command line interface.
  • Drag and drop
  • Copy/Past


In the above print screen you can see how you can organize OS, drivers, etc in “folders”

Download MDT 2010 from Microsoft Connect

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


System Center Operations Manager Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) and Desktop Error Monitoring technology (DEM) license question June 9, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in License, SCOM.
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Last week I got a question about the licensing for AEM and I thought this could be important for others to.

  • Just because you don’t use any agent on the computer (AEM or Agentless monitoring) – you still need a license for the clients.
  • If your clients have an MDOP license (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) you are allowed to use AEM without any new license since MDOP include DEM (Desktop Error Monitoring) that is the same feature as AEM.

For more information about this, download and read the Microsoft Licensing Product Use Rights document. Below you can see a “quote”

“You do not need a client management license for your devices licensed to use Desktop Error Monitoring technology (DEM). This applies when DEM is licensed alone or with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2007. This applies only to agentless monitoring of OSEs running a non-server operating system.”

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

New support forum for SCOM May 25, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCOM.
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In the past, SCOM has used the old News groups (NNTP) for there support forums. With the release of SCOM 2007 R2, they have moved it to the new Online Forums (same as we have had for SCE).

Link to the Online Forum