Microsoft Support Model Changing for System Center Products

I just got back from a week long vacation and I’m still trying to get caught up, so if you’re wondering what happened to all the posts you’re used to seeing around here then that’s why it’s been pretty dead lately.  It may continue to be slow for another couple days but there was one…

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Reminder: User feedback study for the next version of ConfigMgr starts soon

Remember when I mentioned that Microsoft User Research was conducting a study focusing on design ideas for the next version of System Center Configuration Manager from March 11 to March 16, 2009?  Well it’s starting soon and we still have a couple spots open if you’re in the U.S. and want to provide feedback on…

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Automating IIS 7 Installation to Support Configuration Manager 2007

Over on Jeff Gilbert’s myITforum blog he has a great article on automating the IIS 7 installation task to support Configuration Manager 2007.  He walks through how he developed the script and includes plenty of screen shots and code samples.  If you’re looking for a way to speed up the installation of IIS to support…


Interview with Ken Pan, Principal Product Unit Manager for Configuration Manager

Ken Pan is the driving force behind the System Center Configuration Manager team. As the Principal Product Unit Manager, he is responsible for all engineering and product development functions associated with the product. In December 2008, on one of his frequent trips to the Configuration Manager R&D team in Shanghai, we took the opportunity to…

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Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 beta coming May 2009

Just an FYI that the Configuration Manager Team blog posted an announcement concerning the Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 beta that’s scheduled for May 2009.  Included are some of the new features so if you haven’t seen it you’ll want to check it out: Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is planned for…

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ConfigMgr 2007: AMT/vPRO – Useful Links for Initial Planning and Deployment

Out of band management feature support in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 provides powerful management control for computers that have the Intel vPro chip set and Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) firmware versions 3.2.1 or later. Out of band management allows an administrator to connect to a computer’s management controller when the computer is turned…

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Tips and Tricks: Using Internet-Only Client Management on the Intranet

Carol Bailey had another great post over on the System Center Configuration Manager team blog yesterday.  This time she’s discussing tips and tricks for using Internet-only client management on the Intranet.  I have the intro and a link below: When you read the product documentation for using Internet-based client management in Configuration Manager 2007, you…

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The versions of SQL Server supported by Configuration Manager 2007

If you’re looking for details on which versions of SQL Server are supported for ConfigMgr 2007 then the System Center Configuration Manager team comes through again.  Yesterday they published a post that not only discusses the various versions but the hotfixes required depending on what you choose to use.  I have their intro and a…

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