Service Manager Beta-1 Now Available on Microsoft Connect

Source: Rod Trent on Twitter and Techlog System Center Service Manager Beta 1 has shipped! You can download the Beta from Connect:


New Xbox Experience

Today I installed the New Xbox Experience on my Xbox 360 and created a new Avatar. NXE the New Xbox Experience, that among other things offers ‘Avatars’.  Avatars are caricatures of you as a gamer (or what you would like to be seen as) — which not only appear on your console, but can be your…


Breaking news! OpsMgr 2007 R2 Public Beta on Microsoft Connect

I already knew that OpsMgr 2007 R2 Beta R2 was due to come on Connect soon, but now it’s there! New Features Import Management Packs directly from the MP Catalog New Process Monitoring MP Template Improved Windows Service MP Template New feature to support custom queries in OLE DB MP Template Support for non-Windows Discovery…


Video about EMC on Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007

I just stumbled on this video from Marie-Pierre Belanger about EMC Smarts and OpsMgr 2007 integrated solution. Benefits: Fills in network blindspot Discover Manage non-Microsoft Applications Extend Microsoft deployment managing other technology beyond basic IP Key Technology ingredients: Rich Discovery Cross-domain behavior model (eCIM) Root cause Analysis (code book technology)


System Center upgraded

Source: System Center Forum System Center Forum had upgraded their website yesterday and it looks great. They are running on WordPress. Not sure if they were already running on WordPress but you can see on here what’s new. One of the new features they are offering is MPNotifier RSS feed. Curious how this one differs…


Monitoring Exchange 2007 With System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Part 1) on

Source: Rui Silva has written an configuration guide for monitoring Exchange Server 2007 with System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 on This is part 1 of this 4-part series. On part 2 they will cover how to enable certificate based authentication for the agent running on the Edge server, since this server is…


Windows Server 2008 Evaluation Virtual Hard Drive Images (for Hyper-V)

Source: John Baker’s BritBlog I’m currently building a new demo environment on Hyper-V for the next Public Beta of OpsMgr 2007 R2 and was looking for a fast way to install some new Windows Server 2008 machines. And today I stumbled upon this article from John Baker. “Are you working with Hyper-V?  Want to save…


Getting Social. Using Twitter

Did you ever heard about Twitter? Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? More and more people in the System Center world are using Twitter as a means to communicate with each other….


It’s official. MMS 2009 site is live!

Source: Rod Trent on Twitter “Come join us at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 and learn about the latest IT Management Solutions from Microsoft The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) is the premier event of the year for IT Professionals, offering deep technical information and training on the latest IT management solutions from Microsoft. In this…


Un-trusted domain and DMZ monitoring Guide update

Source: Wally’s weblog My good friend and former colleague has updated his Un-trusted domain and DMZ monitoring Guide. “The previous guide was for Server 2003 and un-trusted domain or workgroup servers with a standalone CA. I’ve added the scenarios for Server 2008 with an Enterprise Root CA for both un-trusted domains and DMZ servers. One…