Troubleshooting ‘Unknown’ software and update status, ‘Not yet contacted’ and lack of hardware and software inventory

Sorry about the long title, but I wanted to help you find this article if you’re searching for assistance with a common environment issue that affects your ability to manage computers with System Center Essentials Essentials. If while looking at computers in the Computers workspace in the Essentials console, if you notice a managed computer…

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Which management packs should I be using to monitor my computers and applications?

If you’ve used Essentials 2007, you noticed that it monitored Windows, Exchange, SQL and Active Directory ‘out of the box.’  Essentials is able to do this because it come pre-loaded with management packs that encapsulate knowledge for how to monitor these applications. If you wanted to monitor additional applications, you needed to import a new…

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Automatic Selection of Product Categories in System Center Essentials 2010

How to enable Auto-select for Microsoft Update (MU) subscriptions in System Center Essentials 2010 What is Auto-select? Auto-select is a new feature in Essentials 2010 which improves the experience and performance of managing Microsoft update content. Essentials uses information collected about the software currently in the IT environment to automatically synchronize and download only the…


Essentials 2010 – UI Tips and Tricks

Thank you to everyone who has been using the Essentials 2010 Beta and RC. Many of you may have already discovered some of the User Interface enhancements we’ve made. In this post I’d like to share 9 tips and tricks when using the Essentials console.   Minimize tiles on Overview pages to focus on what…


ZD Net UK review of System Center Essentials 2010

The nice folks at ZD Net in the UK just posted their review of SCE 2010, based on the Release Candidate.   Click here to read the whole review, but their bottom line was: Virtualisation is definitely the big draw for SCE 2010, but there are enhancements to the other tools as well — not least…