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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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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How to Install Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 on Windows Essential Business Server 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Stephen Li] Recently Microsoft Exchange 2007 released Service Pack 2. This SP2 enables customers to increase their operational efficiency and it sets the foundation for the transition to Exchange Server 2010. Enhanced auditing, Exchange volume snapshot backup functionality, dynamic active directory schema update and validation, public folder quota…

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Update installation wizard dialog might be hidden by Windows EBS installation wizard

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Stephen Li] Sometimes, you will see that Windows EBS installation wizard appears to hang and some updates are not showing any progress. For example, the Windows EBS installation wizard will show “Installing…” while the “Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition” update has no progress at…

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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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How to Change the SCE Run As and Data Warehouse Accounts in EBS

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mark Stanfill] By default, EBS configures SCE to use the domain administrator account used during setup as the Default Action Account and also as the Data Warehouse account.  These accounts are used to accomplish monitoring activities, such as executing a monitor or running a task.  Using the built-in…

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