Deploying KB2607070 on Win7 SP1 SCE managed clients

An update has been released to resolve issues where System Center Essentials updating Windows 7 SP1- based computers with locally published content may fail with error 0x80070570. Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607070 for more details and download. This hotfix is expected to be installed individually on all Win7 SP1 machines which are managed by SCE server. However, you…


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…


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 – Improving Default Monitoring

The monitoring capability within Essentials comes from Management Packs, and the majority Management Packs that work with Operations Manager also work with Essentials. This is great, because it means there is a wealth of deep monitoring that is available for Essentials. During the Beta and RC period we’ve had lots of great feedback (please keep…

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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 Podcast on Virtualization

Recently, the folks at TechNet Edge sat down with David Mills and Edwin Yuen for a brief discussion of Microsoft’s IT management and virtualization solution for midsize businesses. With the release of public betas for System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010, customers will have the capability to easily manage, backup and restore…