New download: Compatibility Pack for SMS 2003 SP3 that adds Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported clients

We recognize that Windows 7 is an opportunity for organizations to reduce their costs, improve security, and improve productivity. Windows 7 helps achieve these goals. However, organizations do not maximize the return on investment of Windows 7 without modern infrastructure to support it. We want organizations to benefit from the latest platform’s features. To achieve… Read more

Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector for SCCM now available for download

The Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector (ACT Connector) assists administrators with collecting the necessary computer and application compatibility information to help plan for a Windows deployment. The ACT Connector provides the following functionality: Inventories installed software applications and creates reports that will assist with determining which applications are Windows compatible. Retrieves device driver compatibility for installed… Read more

Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010

I know this isn’t necessarily Configuration Manager specific but I figured that some of you may still have some old Windows 2000 or Windows XP SP2 systems running out there and would appreciate the heads up.  As the title says, Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional are reaching End of Support… Read more

How to properly set up a Task Sequence to deploy Windows 7 images captured via an SCCM 2007 Capture CD

When a Task Sequence is created via the "Create New Task Sequence Wizard", the Task Sequence may fail if the Windows OS being deployed is Windows 7 and the reference Windows 7 WIM image being deployed was manually created and then captured using the SCCM 2007 Capture CD. The Task Sequence Error dialog may show… Read more

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments, this tool provides a quick and complete inventory of the current IT environment… Read more

9/30 – TechNet Webcast: Automating Windows 7 Deployments Using System Center Configuration Manager

We focus on automating Windows 7 operating system deployments using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager in this webcast. First, we cover how to automate hardware and software inventory using Asset Intelligence to determine what applications and hardware are needed for deploying Windows 7. Next, we examine deploying Windows 7 packages, and we discuss how to… Read more

Clarifying Windows OS Support and Configuration Manager 2007

Over on the System Center blog Jeff Wettlaufer just posted a great piece that clears up some of the apparent confusion that exists surrounding our recent announcements concerning Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 support.  Specifically, we’ve had some questions about what SP2 offers given we have stated in the past… Read more

Configuration Manager Support Announcements for September 2009

Window 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are now supported on ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 now supports the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems for client installation.  Configuration Manager consoles or site system roles, other than branch distribution point, will not be supported on these platforms. The… Read more

A new update is available that enables you to add Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported platforms for Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

If you’re using ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 and have already moved to Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 you’ve probably noticed that they’re not listed as supported platforms.  Well that all changes today as we just released a new update that enables you to add them.  This update is not required to support a client…. Read more

New ConfigMgr 2007 KB: Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 to add support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients

We published a new KB article last week that describes an update rollup package that enables Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to support clients that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7: KB974236 – Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 to add support for Windows… Read more