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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

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

Ny System Center kurs hos Cornerstone – T954-Operations Manager and Configuration Manager:Best practices for real world scenarios May 6, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCOM.
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Min vän Anders Bengtsson (http://contoso.se) kommer ihop med sin kollega Jörgen Nilsson köra en helt nyskriven kurs som blandar SCOM och SCCM. Om du jobbar med dessa rekommenderar jag dig läsa mer om innehållet på Cornerstones hemsida.

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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

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

Updated and new Management Packs April 30, 2009

Posted by Björn Axéll in MP, SCOM.
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This month Microsoft released new and updated management packs:

Download from Microsoft – Windows Server 2008 Network Load Balancing for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6573.0)

Download from Microsoft – Message Queuing Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6587.0)

Download from Microsoft – Microsoft Windows Server Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6568.0)

Download from Microsoft – Windows Server 2008 Application Server Management Pack for System Center Opsmgr 2007 (Version 6.0.6587.0)

Download from Microsoft – Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6542.0)

Download from Microsoft – Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6542.0)

Download from Microsoft – Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 (Version 6.0.6569.0)

Download from Microsoft – Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (Version 6.0.6907.21)

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