Links/Resources for System Center Workshop at HECC 2008

Here are some links to some useful resources to help you further evaluate System Center and other associated Management solutions as discussed during my workshop session at HECC 2008: System Center Homepage:  www.microsoft.com/systemcenter MSFT Virtualization Landing Page:  www.microsoft.com/virtualization System Center Learning page (one-stop shop for webcasts, VHD’s, virtual labs, etc.):  http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/learning-resources.aspx App-V Homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/appv/default.mspx MED-V…

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So you went and hosed up SQL Reporting Services by Removing OpsMgr Reporting…

So maybe I am the only one that has done this, but I have been dumb enough to now have done this twice so maybe there is someone else out there that is as ‘smart’ as I am!  In my demo environment, I have an OpsMgr 2007 SP1 RMS on a W03 SP2 server with…

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Looking for training/more information on ACS in OpsMgr?

Technorati Tags: OpsMgr, ACS, Operations Manager, SecureVantage Our good partners, SecureVantage are going to be conducting free online seminars starting 7/10.  To register for these free courses and to receive more information, go here:  http://www.securevantage.com/ACSTraining.aspx SecureVantage also maintains a nice Spaces blog full of useful information regarding ACS and how their solutions can further extend…

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SteadyState 2.5 Now Available (Now Supporting Vista)

Coming off the LABMAN conference from a few weeks ago, I know many in the EDU community rely on disk protection and lock down tools such as Faronic’s DeepFreeze and SteadyState.  At the end of last week, we made SteadyState 2.5 available for free download – big deal here is now we can lock-down and…

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Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 has RTM’d and ready for download!

The ConfigMgr homepage may not be up to date yet but here is the direct download link to download SP1:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5AAE62E8-4B7F-4AF7-BE01-AEFAA4BF059A&displaylang=en   This release (among the usual bug fixes) brings forward these new features: 1. More complete support for management of Windows Vista SP1 (Vista SP1)and Windows Server 2008 (Server 2008). 2. Support for SCCM…

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Announcements from MMS 2008

So I normally do not regurgitate generic technical information that you can find on one of a thousand different blog sites and podcasts unless I feel that there is unique significance to the EDU community.  If you attended MMS 2008 or paid attention to the announcements and press releases announced during the Summit, there were…

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To Package or not to Package – that is the question…

So on a topic that is not by any means new, however one in which I have been getting a lot of recurring discussions around lately from my customers… So there seems to be a lot of different viewpoints on when or whether to re-package software for the purposes of automatic distribution (using ConfigMgr of…

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QMX for Configuration Manager has RTM’d

Finally – the extensions to manage non-windows clients with SMS has now released for ConfigMgr!  For more information go here:  http://www.quest.com/quest-management-xtensions-configuration-manager/.    I know more than a few of my customers in EDU will be interested in this…

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"Data Center Tours" for my EDU customers…

So starting this month, my associates and I on the EDU technology team (Michael Greene – http://blogs.technet.com/offcampus and Steve Straub) are starting to hit the road and meet with various EDU customers to spread the good word about System Center, W08, and Hyper-V.  We have completed one such event in the CT/NY area and plan…

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Protecting your SoftGrid SFT Files from ending up in the wrong hands…

So I don’t know if this is documented anywhere, but a customer of mine was looking for a way to implement tighter security within their SoftGrid environment.  Specifically, they were looking for a way to thwart a user who has access to SoftGrid applications from copying down their SFT files (which contain the bits of…

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