Upcoming Webcasts

We are presenting two webcasts that include information on Essentials 2010. Join the webcasts to find out more about Essentials 2010, and have a chance to ask questions. Both webcasts will feature Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010. Integrated Virtual and Physical IT Management for Midsize Businesses (Level 100) Wednesday December 9th 11AM PST…


Essentials 2010 troubleshooting guide

If you experience issues while evaluating Essentials 2010 Beta, please go to Forums or Microsoft Connect(if you are in TAP program) and report the issue. Please send the log files for the issue at scedata@microsoft.com. Log file details and locations associated with the feature area are listed below. SETUP Log Name Description Location SetupSCE<#>.log:  …


Essentials 2010 Release Candidate Now Available!

We’re very happy to announce that the Release Candidate of Essentials 2010 is now available. The download package is in 4 self-extracting files which need to be unpacked to the same folder (e.g. c:\Essentials). The total download size is about 5GB. Once you have downloaded the RC and extracted the installation image, double click on…


How to Deploy to Deploy Office 2010 (Beta) using System Center Essentials 2010

Essentials 2010 simplifies software distribution, including easy distribution for common applications such as Microsoft Office. Essentials also provides support for Common targeting filters Changing the properties of existing software packages Adding localized title and description during package creation Many other features The Essentials team and the Office team have partnered to provide you with the…


Virtualize with System Center Essentials 2010 RC and Receive a Free Gift

We hope you’re enjoying evaluating the release candidate of Essentials 2010 and look forward to reviewing your feedback in the Forums. For people in the US we have a free gift – a Zune HD 32 – for the first 20 people who use the virtualization functionality in the release candidate of Essentials 2010 and…


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…


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/


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 – 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…


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…