July 2008 – Technical Rollup Mail – Manageability






The Deployment Guys



App-V Release Candidate Availability

A new release candidate for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is now available!!  Along with building new features, the team has been working hard to bring the product into compliance with Microsoft shipping standards.  TAP customers will be expanding their deployments to thousands of production users with this release to help validate the product’s full feature set, as well as performance and scalability.  Major highlights include:

·        HTTP streaming. We now support streaming virtual applications from an IIS server (v6 or v7). This will provide dramatic performance and scalability improvements for customers with large App-V deployments.

·        Re-designed Sequencer.  Simplifies the process and reduces the complexity of creating virtual application packages. There is now a single wizard for creating a new package and advanced settings have been put into an optional screen.

·        Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) for MSI packages allows the flexibility to control virtual application interaction. Administrators wanting to consolidate virtual environments, and enable faster, easier administration, can use the product’s Dynamic Suite Composition, which sequences and manages packages for middleware applications separately from the main application.

·        Seamless integration with SCCM 2007 R2. Allows customers to easily deploy virtual applications through the SCCM 2007 R2 infrastructure and scale their deployments.

·        Client cache improvements. The maximum size of the client cache has been increased to 1 TB.

·        Improved Manageability. Integration and support for VSS writer, MOM Pack, ADM template

·        Accessibility. The product is now Section 508 compliant, bringing App-V in line with other Microsoft products.


With this release we will also deliver:

·        The Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Planning and Deployment Guide

·        Upgrading to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 FAQ


The RC Candidate is available publicly via Microsoft Connect – http://connect.microsoft.com

For more information please visit http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/softgrid/default.mspx  

App-V Blog (Full Announcement) – http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/default.aspx


Microsoft Hyper-V RTM Announcement

With Hyper-V and server virtualization, customers are one step closer to a comprehensive desktop to datacenter virtualization solution. Customers are better able to reduce operating costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize infrastructure and improve server availability with Hyper-V, a feature of Windows Server 2008.  New customers and partners can download Hyper-V at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-V and existing customers who have deployed Windows Server 2008 can receive Hyper-V from Windows Update beginning July 8.



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Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Beta available

the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool, a Solution Accelerator, provides a way to automate the process of updating virtual machines. The beta of the tool is available as a free download on Microsoft® Connect



Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions and Interop Betas now available

The Cross Platform Extensions Beta extends the monitoring and management capabilities of Operations Manager 2007.Visit System Center Operations Manager for more info and downloads






SMS and Configuration Manager

Update for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (KB954474)

This software updates is necessary to enable System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to synchronize the WSUS offline scan catalog (wsusscn2.cab).



Win Server 2008 Security Configuration Wizard and SC Config Mgr 2007 SP1

Use the Configuration Manager Security Configuration Wizard template to add the Microsoft® Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 site systems to the Windows Server 2008 Security Configuration Wizard (SCW).



Update for SMS 2003 SP3 and R2 to Support Update Packages for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

This update adds support for update packages for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 using the Custom Updates Publishing Tool.



System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008

System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 is a system that enables Windows powered mobile devices to become managed and authenticated members of the IT infrastructure of an organization.



SCAP Conversion Tool for DCM

The SCAP Conversion Tool for DCM converts Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) files into DCM Configuration Packs and indicates gaps in a log file that can result from the conversion process. Use the Configuration Packs in combination with the desired configuration management (DCM) feature in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to monitor compliance with the SCAP baseline.



Security Compliance Management

The toolkit provides best practices from Microsoft about how to plan, deploy, monitor, and remediate a security baseline. The toolkit includes 12 Configuration Packs that you can use with the desired configuration management (DCM) feature in Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to monitor Windows Vista®, Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows Server® 2003 SP2.



Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Update

Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Update upgrades a Configuration Manager 2007 RTM installation.



MOM and Operations Manager

Active Directory Management Pack for MOM 2005

The Microsoft Windows Active Directory Management Pack provides forest-wide monitoring of your Active Directory service and its required subsystems.



Exchange 2007 MP for SC Ops Mgr 2007

This management pack includes scripts and rules to effectively monitor Exchange 2007 and report on performance, availability, and reliability of its server roles.



Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 MP for MOM 2005

The Microsoft Dynamic CRM 4.0 Management Pack enables you to administer the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server application in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.



Cross Platform Extensions Setup Guide

This Setup Guide contains the release notes, system requirements, and installation and configuration information for the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions beta. Guidelines on how to use the solution are also included.



Message Queuing MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Message Queuing Management Pack provides monitoring for Microsoft Message Queuing Services (MSMQ) version 3.0.





Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts



Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts



Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts



New On-Demand virtual Labs

TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Desired Configuration Management in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 

First available: Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Duration:  90 Minutes 

After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a configuration item for compliance, import pre-created configuration items, create baselines for assignment, assign baselines to collections, and verify compliance for the assigned baselines.



TechNet Virtual Lab: Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007

First available:  Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) 

Duration:  90 Minutes 

After completing this lab, you will be better able to use the Configuration Manager Console to verify the site configuration, use the Configuration Manager Console to identify new features of the Configuration Manager including software distribution and maintenance windows, software updates and WSUS integration, operating system deployment of Windows Vista, desired configuration management, and other miscellaneous Configuration Manager features.



TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Custom Application Updates using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007

First available:  Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) 

Duration:  90 Minutes 

After completing this lab, you will be better able to install the System Center Updates Publisher, create a catalog for a custom update, import a catalog for a synthetic application, publish custom catalog information to Configuration Manager for scanning, perform a scan for custom updates, analyze required updates, and distribute an update using Configuration Manager.




New KB’s


SMS and Configuration Manager

List of fixes that are included in System Center Configuration Manager Service Pack 1



The installation fails when you use the unattended mode to try to install System Center Configuration Manager 2007 International Client Pack



Error message when you try to install the SMS 2003 Advanced Client package from hotfix 941214 on a 64-bit version of Windows Vista: “Windows requires a digitally signed driver – file: prepdrvAMD64.sys”



Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows XP SP3 are not listed as supported platforms for software distribution, update management, or desired configuration management in Systems Management Server 2003



System Center Configuration Manager 2007 blocked from deploying security updates



The “Get Programs” dialog box displays a blank program list if you open this dialog box shortly after you start a Windows Vista-based computer that has Configuration Manager 2007 Agent installed



The Active Directory System Discovery process and the Active Directory System Group Discovery process run slower than expected in a Configuration Manager 2007 site



MOM and Operations Manager

Some data partition tables that exceed the data retention period are not groomed from the Audit Collection Services database in Operations Manager 2007



When you try to install a System Center Operations Manager 2007 agent on a workgroup computer without using a  gateway server, Operations Manager 2007  cannot see  the workgroup computer



Problems occur on a management server  that is running System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 when certain management packs are installed



The Root Management Server (RMS) of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 becomes unstable or unusable if a management pack is imported



Modifications that you try to make to a Web application that was created before you upgrade Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 are not saved



Some computer properties for a cluster node may not be collected by the discovery process in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1




Description of the hotfix rollup package for Data Protection Manager 2007, dated April 24, 2008



A delete operation that you perform on a Group Policy setting is not applied to mobile devices that are managed by System Center Mobile Device Manager 2007