How to use the Fix Computer Group tool to rebuild computer groups deleted from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

When a computer group is created in Essentials 2010 using Create a Computer Group in the Computers space, a corresponding group is created in the WSUS database. This can be seen in the WSUS console. Figure 1. Computer groups in the WSUS console.   Deleting these computer groups from the WSUS console will result in the…

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How to use the Maintenance Mode Tool to schedule weekly maintenance modes for computer groups

When a monitored object, such as a computer or distributed application, is taken offline for maintenance, Essentials 2010 detects that no agent heartbeat is being received and, as a result, might generate numerous alerts and notifications. To prevent alerts and notifications, monitored objects can be put into maintenance mode. When a monitored object is in maintenance…

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Resource Kit tool to view Essentials Setup log files

During Essentials installation, Setup creates a number of log files in the %localAppData%\SCE\Logs folder: SetupSCE0.log – Unmanaged bootstrapper log file. SCESetupWizard.log – Managed bootstrapper log file. SCEMSI.log – Essentials Windows Installer log file. To help identify installation issues, the Essentials Resource Kit includes a log parsing tool, SetupLogParser.exe. SetupLogParser can parse both the managed bootstrapper…

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How to update Essentials certificates

Essentials 2010  uses a certificate for signing locally published content. The released version of System Center Essentials 2010 is designed to use an updated type of certificate. Use the UpdatePublisherCert.exe tool to replace the existing certificate with a new certificate. The UpdatePublisherCert.exe tool performs the following tasks: 1.      Save the current policy configuration 2.      Uninstall…

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How do I move from SCE2007 on x86 to SCE2010 on x64

  With the release of System Center Essentials 2010 and the general excitement around some of the new features like virtualization, some customers are asking about our upgrade/migration story from the previous version. SCENARIO You read about the 2010 release and are excited about the virtualization features in the new version. You purchase the 2010…

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