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…

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Troubleshooting agent deployment in System Center Essentials 2010

Essentials 2010 uses up to three agents to manage computers: Windows Update agent – built into the Windows operating system, configured via Group Policy – provides update distribution, software distribution and hardware & software inventory Operations Manager agent – deployed to managed computer using ‘Push Install’ capability from Essentials server – provides rich model-based monitoring and…

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SCE 2010 Public Beta is HERE!

Do you know what time it is? Yes, it’s THAT time…time for you to check out the next full release of System Center Essentials – SCE 2010! For those of you who were with us for the release of System Center Essentials 2007 a little over two years ago, you know that this is Microsoft’s…

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System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 with SQL Server 2005 Express and Windows Server 2008 x64

We’ve seen reports of people unsuccessfully attempting to install Essentials 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 x64 and wanting to use SQL Server 2005 Express as the database. We have published KB 975344 to provide more information on supported configurations involving Windows Server 2008 x64. We recommend the following options for customers wanting to use…

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Using psExec to Open a Remote Command Window

System Center Essentials provides several ways to remotely manage computers, including: Computer Management MMC Remote Desktop Remote Assistance Tasks to show current information, such as process usage Sometimes though what is wanted is just a remote command window without the overhead of opening a full remote desktop session. The PsExec tool which is one of…

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System Center 2007 and Virtualization

At the Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd this year we announced  System Center Essentials 2010, the next version of Essentials. We also started to talk about the new features, in particular how we’ve placed virtualization capabilities in Essentials, providing a single location for monitoring and managing virtual computers. You don’t need to wait for Essentials…

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Why are my Performance Graphs Empty in Essentials?

Have you wondered why some of the performance views and dashboards in the Monitoring Space don’t have any data to display, yet others do? You can see an example of this by going to the Monitoring Space, expanding the Microsoft Windows Server folder and then expanding the Performance sub Folder.   The "Disk Capacity", "Memory Utilization…

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Fix to enable Remote Assistance task on Vista and Windows Server 2008

As Dustin mentioned in the previous post, we recently released an update to the Microsoft.SystemCenter.Essentials.2007.mp. We have also released KB956890 which provides additional details. This update resolves an issue where the Remote Assistance task fails to execute if the System Center Essentials console is running on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. Without the fix,…

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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…

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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…

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