EBS, SCE, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 (SCE 2007) included with Essential Business Server 2008 now fully supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients, but there are a few manual steps that must be performed before these clients can be managed from the SCE Console.  Because…

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Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Preparation Wizard/IT Environment Health Scanner fail with DNS WMI Provider error

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Vikramjit Singh, Stephen Li, and Mark Stanfill] Updated 10/29/2009 to reflect IT Environment Health Scanner information. If you are preparing to install EBS 2008 in an environment with Windows 2000 DNS servers, you may receive the following error while running the EBS Preparation and Planning Wizards: DnsConfig A…

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How to run the IT Environment Health Scanner in an EBS Environment

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] By default, TMG disallows WMI traffic as part of its security hardening.  However, the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner (direct download) requires WMI to collect data for its analysis.  To work around this limitation, you must temporarily create an exception to allow the Health Scanner to…

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Understanding Essential Business Server Client Licensing

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] We get a fair number of queries about CAL enforcement in Essential Business Server (EBS) support, so I’d like to try to clear up some of the common questions that our partners have.  Because EBS enforces client licensing in a fairly strict manner, it is important…

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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB951847) Fails to install on Windows Essential Business Servers

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill and Chris Puckett] Updated 12/11/2009 – Added msiexec /fp instructions. You may see installation failures of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (KB951847) on the 3 EBS 2008 Standard Edition Servers.  Clients and other servers are not affected.  The behavior is that the update will…

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Top 3 Ways to Get More Out of Exchange with Windows Essential Business Server 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of David Fabritius]   Midsize businesses interested in upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 should consider Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008.  EBS 2008 is an integrated software suite that is designed and priced for midsize businesses and includes Exchange Server 2007 as one of its core components. When you…

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