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…

1

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…

3

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…


Essentials 2010 – Improving Default Monitoring

The monitoring capability within Essentials comes from Management Packs, and the majority Management Packs that work with Operations Manager also work with Essentials. This is great, because it means there is a wealth of deep monitoring that is available for Essentials. During the Beta and RC period we’ve had lots of great feedback (please keep…

5

Using BranchCache with System Center Essentials

Configure System Center Essentials to use BranchCache operating in Distributed Cache mode: Document Owner: Anshu Agrawal Why BranchCache Integration? BranchCache is a new feature in both the Windows 7 client operating system and the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system that significantly improves end user experience at branch locations or remote offices. BranchCache enables peer…


You want different update deployment settings for servers and clients?

We’ve heard it from you!  You’ve been using WSUS for years and you have been using different Windows Update settings for your clients and servers.  Maybe you want your clients to automatically download and install approved updates, but your servers should only download and notify the administrator.  Now you can with System Center Essentials 2010…

3

New SCE 2010 Training for Microsoft Partners

As we move from the Release Candidate to the final SCE product, we want to make sure that Microsoft Partners are ready to help our customers with the latest in systems management from Microsoft.  SCE 2010 is one of two System Center products that will be released next quarter, so we are running a “Partner…