Announcing the System Center Essentials Technology Adoption Program

This announcement is to alert you that the next version of System Center Essentials Technology Adoption Program (TAP) is now accepting nominations.Do you want to be part of making the next generation of the System Center Essentials product great?  If you are a responsible for managing the IT assets and services for a midsized business…

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Using the Remote Assistance task with Vista and Server 2008 computers

(thanks to Essentials team member Stephanie for this article!)  If you’ve tried to use the Remote Assistance task in the Essentials Computer space to connect to a Vista or Windows Server 2008 computer, you’ve found that the task to initiate a Remote Assistance session does not work.  The task does not work because of a change in how…

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Want to receive emailed reports from Essentials?

Check out this blog post from Essentials MVP Bjorn Axell on how to use SQL Server Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition reporting services to scheduled Essentials reports to be delivered via subscriptions.  http://advisec.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/would-you-like-to-be-able-to-schedule-reports-in-sce/


Moving from WSUS to System Center Essentials? Be sure to clean up your Group Policy settings!

If you used WSUS to keep your computers secure before upgrading to System Center Essentials, you probably used Group Policy to configure the Windows Update agent settings on the computers in your environment to connect to your WSUS server.  System Center Essentials, which includes WSUS technology, uses the same Group Policy settings to configure managed computers…

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Microsoft Updates and Windows Server Updates Services

System Center Essentials is built on top of Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) technologies.  This allows Essentials to take advantage of the standardized Microsoft software updates technologies, content on Microsoft Update (MU), and deliver additional value by building on top of the WSUS platform. However, it also means that System Center Essentials is sometimes affected by…

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Essentials Team at TechEd US 2008!

We’ll be at TechEd again this year with our demo packed sessions!  We’ll also have a booth on the expo floor that you can drop by anytime to ask questions of the Essentials product team. IT Conference MGT60-TLC Ask about Simplifying IT Management with Microsoft System Center Essentials Session Day/Time: 6/11/2008 12:00PM-12:45PMRoom: Blue Theater 1  …


Caching Microsoft Update content in System Center Essentials

A question came up in the Technet forums around content caching, and what variables exist to adjust it.   The footprint of cached content on the wSUS/SCE server take into consideration four variants: Products (XP/2K3 as examples) Classifications (Seciruty / Critical / Service packs) Languages (EN, DE, JA, etc..) Choosing to utilize Express files ( I will…


Determining which packages are "Needed" across your managed environment

Over the past six months, many within the System Center Essentials community provided feedback on the inability of SCE to show which updates and software are needed by managed systems.  Workarounds exist today for Microsoft Update content, but when it comes to locally-published content, or driver content obtained from a partner catalog the question remains…


System Center Essentials team at MMS 2008!

If you’re attending the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by the Essentials booth on expo floor, or catch us at one of the many sessions we are hosting this week.   SU32 Ask the Experts Panel Wednesday, April 30 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM, Titian 2201B  Speaker(s): Rod Trent…


"Performance Module could not find a performance counter" temporary workaround

If you are receiving alerts “Performance Module could not find a performance counter” in the Essentials Console, please perform thefollowing steps to disable the rule via override. 1.       Navigate to the Authoring Space in the Console. 2.       Select “Rules” under “Management Pack Objects”. 3.       Type “Performance Data Source Module” in the “Look for:” box and click…

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