Technical details on Desired Configuration Monitoring

If you are currently using the free Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) solution for SMS 2003 or are evaluating this functionality, there is a great blog on MSDN which digs into the technical details of this software. In case you are unfamiliar with DCM, this solution will allow you to automate the validation of configuration management…

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A good "How To" on setting up a virtual development and test environment

Need sound operational and technical assistance to setup a production emulated development and test environment?  Need this environment to support change and release management? If the answers are yes, then I highly recommend you examine the WSSRA (Windows Server System Reference Architecture) Virtual Environments for Development and Test solution or WSSRA-VE for short.  This is part of the overall…

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Free Add-On Monitoring Solution Available for SMS 2003 to Support Configuration Management

From the Desired Configuration Monitoring user guide… “Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) enables you to author desired configuration manifests, and to monitor and report on compliance of your computers against a desired configuration. DCM thereby strengthens the Microsoft systems management platform by checking for undesired configuration changes across multiple configuration sources.DCM uses the Microsoft Exchange Server…

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How Microsoft IT does Change and Configuration Mgmt

A new download is available here on how Microsoft within its own IT group performs the change and configuration mgmt processes.  This paper contains an overview describing how Microsoft IT takes advantage of Microsoft solutions to deploy software and services in the enterprise.  It is short two page paper (they filled them up with as…

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