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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Introduction to Virtualization in System Center Essentials 2010

So, you got your copy of System Center Essentials 2010 installed, you’ve run through your initial configuration, and now want to try out this virtualization thing. This post will guide you through creating and configuring your first virtual machine, and is designed for someone not at all familiar with virtualization. Upcoming entries will target customers…


Updates Management Maintenance in Essentials 2010

Update Management Maintenance is a new feature in System Center Essentials 2010. Together with Automatic Selection of the product categories, Update Management Maintenance feature provides IT generalists with a seamless low cost update management solution (See below for the details on how it works better with Automatic Selection feature) What is Update Management Maintenance? With…

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Creating a Dynamic Group Based on Installed Software

At the Dynamics Convergence 2010 conference I mentioned to several people that it is possible to create a dynamic group based on whether a piece of software is installed or not but I never went into the details of how to do it. This posting describes how to create a group for a particular piece…

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Overwhelmed by Alerts?

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by and asked us questions at the Microsoft Management Summit and the Dynamics Convergence conferences during the last 2 weeks. In this post I’m going to talk about one area that we received feedback on at the conferences. Some people told us they wanted to see even…

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SC Essentials 2010 is Released to Manufacturing

YES! It is finally here! We are very excited to announce the RTM of SCE 2010. You can read the official announcement at System Center Nexus, as well as the commentary from longtime SCE product manager, David Mills, at the Because Its’ Everybody’s Business site. Our original SCE 2007 brought many enterprise management technologies to…