February 2010 – Technical Rollup Mail – Manageability






 


 


News


System Center Catalog now on Pinpoint


You may or may not have noticed it yet, but the System Center Catalog has been transitioned over to Microsoft Pinpoint, which should be your first stop to find out about all the different management packs, connectors, extensions and applications available from Microsoft and its partners for System Center.   Through Microsoft Pinpoint you can search for extensions and add-ons for Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Essentials, and the catalog will continue to be updated as new and updated solutions become available.


http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/systemcenter/managementpackcatalog


 


The Manageability Guys


http://blogs.technet.com/manageabilityguys/  


 


Steve Rachui’s Manageability blog – ConfigMgr/OpsMgr


http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/  


 


Configuration Manager & SMS


Modena RC2 Feature Complete released to Microsoft Connect


Modena focuses on “extending” some of the functionality already available in System Center Configuration Manager 2007’s OSD features.  Developed internally at Microsoft as the first solution used to deploy 10,000+ Windows 7 images, the MPSD Engineering team is sharing it as one blueprint for your Windows 7 deployment.  The Modena solution focuses on enabling user-driven upgrades for Windows 7 clients and with this release is feature complete.  You can take Modena for a test-drive today utilizing all the features available by joining our Connect Program and downloading the RC2 bits.


http://blogs.technet.com/osd/archive/2009/12/03/modena-rc2-feature-complete-released-to-microsoft-connect.aspx


 


SMS 2003 enters Extended Support, new website launched


On January 11, 2010, SMS 2003 Mainstream supported concluded.  With the mainstream support cycle ending for SMS 2003, we wanted to collect as much assistance as possible in 1 place for our customers who may be considering a migration to our current platform: http://www.microsoft.com/smserver


http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/


 


TAP nominations for the next version of System Center Configuration Manager are now open


The Technology Adoption Program is designed to provide a consistent experience for Microsoft customers to obtain real-world customer feedback on Microsoft pre-release products.  There are many benefits for our TAP customers, to name a few:


·         Lead the market by adopting critical enabling technologies early


·         Influence and shape the final product by providing early and deep feedback


·         Connect with expertise to obtain a deep understanding of strategic emerging technologies


For all the details and a link to the nominations page see:


http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/01/08/the-next-wave-of-client-management-begins-now.aspx .


 


SCCM and SQL Reporting Services


With the R2 release, SCCM now supports the use of SQL Reporting Services as a reporting solution.  This will be the direction for reporting going forward and offers a good number of exciting possibilities for building impactful custom reports.  In the January edition of Technet magazine I publish an article discussing this feature and showing a sample method for building custom reports – Create a Robust, Integrated Reporting Solution


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee914611.aspx


 


The new OS deployment options included in the upcoming ConfigMgr 2007 R3


Jeff Wettlaufer posted a cool video demonstrating the new “Prestaged Media” deployment option included in the upcoming ConfigMgr 2007 R3 over on the System Center Team blog.  It’s only about 4 to 5 minutes long so if you have a few spare cycles today and you haven’t already seen it you should stop by and check it out:


http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2010/01/20/os-deployment-enhancements-in-configuration-manager-2007-r3.aspx


 


Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 International Client Packs are now available


International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international-language clients to use with System Center Configuration Manager (SC Config Mgr) 2007 SP2. ICP downloads contain only the Config Mgr client files, not the English-language SC Config Mgr 2007 SP2, which is required.


http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2010/01/21/microsoft-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-sp2-international-client-packs-are-now-available.aspx


 


The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog


http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/  


 


The Deployment Guys


http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys  


 


Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings


http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/  


 


Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com


http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/pthomsen/default.aspx  


 


Operations Manager & MOM


The Operations Manager Support Team Blog


http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/  


 


Other


System Center Virtual Machine Manager


http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/  


 


The App-V Blog


http://blogs.technet.com/Softgrid/  


 


 


Documents


Configuration Manager & SMS


The Configuration Manager Service Pack Install Guide


This document was created to help in troubleshooting Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 (SP2) install failures. This document is not entirely specific to Service Pack 2 and can apply to Service Pack 1 installs, upgrades from SMS 2003 to SCCM, and future service pack or Configuration Manager versions that rely on .mof file compilations, SQL SPNS, provider DLLs, etc.


http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2010/01/05/the-configuration-manager-service-pack-install-guide.aspx


 


 


Downloads


Operations Manager & MOM


Distributed File Systems (DFS) 2003 Management Pack


The Distributed File System 2003 Management Pack monitors events placed in the Application event log by DFS and raises alerts to indicate possible service outages or configuration problems that require operator intervention.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=7b4cf0fd-4ed8-48be-96bd-94246b040add  


 


Compute Cluster Server 2003 Management Pack


Monitors events placed in the Application event log by Compute Cluster Server 2003. Highlights events that may indicate possible service outages or configuration problems, so you can quickly take corrective or preventative actions.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=cc0d2e0d-daa0-433c-9d95-7190a76cae13  


 


Host Integration Server 2006 for Ops Mgr 2007


The Host Integration Server 2006 MP for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors the health of computers running Host Integration Server components on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system. Requires the Backward Compatibility MP version 6.0.5000.12 (or higher).


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=64b9e217-b3cd-46d3-970a-a2960ab5a20f  


 


Forefront Server Security for SharePoint 10.x Management Pack


The Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint (with SP1) Management Pack monitors SharePoint Servers for virus and worm activity.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=47ffc540-1858-4d80-adee-e1cdb1a46090  


 


 


Events/Webcasts


Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364#42364


 


Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42363


 


Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42365


 


Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42555


 


Microsoft System Center Overview On-Demand Webcasts


http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42366


 


New KB’s


Configuration Manager & SMS


Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: You receive an error message when you configure a named instance of SQL Server 2005 as the Client Status Reporting database in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (Updated)


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959975/EN-US  


 


Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The memory allocation for the Wmiprvse.exe process keeps increasing when you update the membership rules of a collection frequently on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977056/EN-US  


 


Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A properties setting of a deployment management object is unexpectedly changed on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977057/EN-US  


 


Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The Distribution Manager does not honor the “Number of retries” and “Delay before retrying (minutes)” retry settings on SCCM 2007 SP1 site servers


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978875/EN-US  


 


Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: Error message when you try to use a push operation to install System Center Configuration Manager 2007: “Error 5: Access is denied”


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978902/EN-US  


 


Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: The Windows Update Agent version is not inventoried after the hardware inventory runs on Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 2 or on SMS 2003 Service Pack 3-based clients (Updated)


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940182/EN-US  


 


Operations Manager & MOM


Sys Center Ops Mgr 2007 SP1: A computer may be listed in the Agent Managed pane of the Operations console in System Center Operations Manager 2007 with the same name as the gateway server that was just installed (Updated)


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978357/EN-US  


 


Other


Sys Center Essentials 2007 SP1: A push installation of  the Operations Manager 2007 agent on a computer that is running Terminal Services fails


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978360/EN-US  


 


Sys Ctr Mobile Dvc Mgr 2008 EN: A hotfix rollup package is available for System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976623/EN-US  


 

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