How to Maintain and Reduce the Amount of Data Stored in the Systems Center Essentials Databases

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters] System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) is a unified management solution that is included with the Essential Business Server package. The application is installed on the Management Server and is designed to give the network administrator the ability to proactively manage IT environments through the use of…

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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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EBS Admin Console Crashes with System.Xml.XmlException: '', hexadecimal value 0x01, is an invalid character.

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby and Mark Stanfill] Symptoms The EBS Administration Console may crash if illegal characters are  present in devices reported back to WSUS and SCE.  The symptoms are that the console will fail to launch, and C:\Program Files\Windows Essential Business Server\logs\AdminConsole.log will have a line similar to “System.Xml.XmlException:…

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EBS Console and SCE Management Console Crash Due to Application Pool Settings

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] The EBS Administration Console may crash if the IIS application pool default is configured to allow 32-bit applications.  The SCE console will also crash with a distinct error: System.InvalidOperationException: Client found response content type of ‘text/html; charset=utf-8’, but expected ‘text/xml’. [followed by HTML output]        (Click…

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EBS TechEd Online Tech Talk - New Windows Infrastructure Solution for Midsized Companies

A new TechEd tech talk interview, a 10 minute product overview on Windows Essential Business Server 2008, is now live — New Windows Infrastructure Solution for Midsized Companies.  Interviewed is Eric Watson, Principal Group Program Manager for EBS. Microsoft has just released a new product suite for midsized companies (under 300 PCs). Essential Business Server is a suite of server…

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Essential Business Server Hotfix KB 957755 Now Available

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] EBS Hotfix KB 957755 is now available and being offered to all EBS Management Servers through Microsoft Update.  This hotfix resolves an issue where the SCE Administration Console shows an error when you click on the Reporting node after installing the SQL 2005 948109 hotfix.  Details…

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Virtualized Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) to be featured in a Microsoft System Center Tools presentation at TechEd

John Joyner, a Microsoft MVP for Operations Manager and Senior Architect at ClearPointe, will be including Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) in the following presentation at Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2009:   VIR306 Using Microsoft System Center Tools to Deliver Virtualization Management for Hosting and Service Providers on 5/14, room 502A, 2:45 PM to…

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Tech·Ed - Cutting Costs with Essential Business Server featured at Tech·Ed 2009, May 11-15

A Cutting Costs with Windows Essential Business Server 2008 session will be featured at Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2009, May 11-15 in Los Angeles.  Eric Watson, Group Program Manager on the EBS team, will be presenting.    You’ll hear updated details on how EBS 2008 can assist you in cutting costs by maximizing user productivity, reducing…

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The Change IP Wizard does not update System Center Essentials Group Policy Objects in Windows Essential Business Server

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] When the Management server is configured in Windows Essential Business Server 2008, 2 group policies are configured as part of the System Center Essentials (SCE) deployment. These policies allow the Management server to deploy the SCE agent and access SCE Managed Computers in your domain. One…

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