Microsoft user research study requesting participants!

Microsoft User Research is inviting IT professionals in the contiguous US to participate in a user research study.  We are looking to learn from those who perform IT services for their company; such as routine server maintenance tasks, various levels of troubleshooting, daily server, network or desktop management, and the planning and implementation of technology.  We…

Essentials 2007 SP1 Released!

The entire System Center Essentials team is proud to announce that System Center Essentials 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is released and available!  SP1 incorporates the following the improvements and major changes in functionality:• Support for managing workgroup-joined computers • Support for monitoring SNMPv1 network devices • Support for using multiple auto-approval rules in update management…


Vista SP1 will be distributed via Microsoft Update Catalog

[Correction:  The Vista SP1 package will be availabe via the Microsoft Update Catalog – I’ll provide a link to the KB article detailing how to import Vista SP1 into Essentials once the article is live!]  Windows Vista SP1 will be released as an update on Microsoft Update (MU) Catalog. The patch is very large and there is a…


Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS in February

Hi Folks, IE 7 will be distributed via WSUS in February as an update rollup package.  If you chose the default settings when configuring Updating Management in Essentials 2007, this package will not be automatically downloaded and distributed to computers in your company.  If you wish to have it distributed automatically, check out this KB article.  Its…


Where to find information on System Center Essentials

I’ve been asked recently what documentation and other information is available for System Center Essentials 2007. Accordingly, I have pulled together a short list of some good places to look for information. Of course, there are the Migration and Operations Guides: Migration Guide: Operations Guide:  The online Help that is installed with Essentials…


Essentials team at TechEd IT Forum

Members of Essentials product team are attending the IT Forum in Barcelona this week (12-16 Nov 2007).  Be sure to stop by the Essentials booth in the pavilion or attend one of the sessions to chat with Dustin, David or Yi. Dustin

System Center Essentials 2007 Post Release Hotfix Rollup Available!

To provide an easy experience for applying the latest hotfixes for Essentials 2007, we’ve released a hotfix rollup that applies the hotfixes directly to the Essentials 2007 RTM media.  The hotfix rollup then starts Essentials setup, giving you an updated Essentials installation as soon as setup finishes.   The hotfix rollup contains these important post-release…

Essentials 2007 Migration and Operations Guides available!

We’ve released two new guides to help you migrate to and use Essentials 2007.  Check them out! Migration Guide Operations Guide   


Check out the Essentials forums on TechNet

If you haven’t already check out the Essentials forum on TechNet – you are missing out.  The forum is a great way to get your questions on Essentials answered by the Essentials product team and MVP.  

Essentials team at TechEd 2007!

The Essentials team is at TechEd 2007!  Come visit our booth at the yellow Technical Learning Session – or catch one of our breakouts or chalk talks!