Week of October 28: GA of Windows Server/System Center (and getting started) and new RDP clients for iOS, Android, and OSX

Greetings, all, It’s been a little while since I was able to publish one of these roundups. Not because of any lack of great content from the MVPs, I’m afraid, but in getting ready for the MVP Summit later this month it suddenly became November. Please check out the links below (arranged by MVP expertise)…


Copying User Roles Between Environments in Service Manager 2012

If you’ve ever created user roles in a test or pre-production Service Manager environment and wanted to copy them to a production environment, you’ll have noticed there is no ability to export from one environment to another. Likewise, if you support multiple business units in your environment and therefore need multiple user roles that are…

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Automating Backups of Custom Management Packs in Service Manager 2012

During a disaster recover scenario, it would be nice to know that all of your custom data is backed up as much as possible. While there are a few things within Service Manager that do not get saved to management packs, most items do. If you have custom management packs in Service Manager, you can…

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Week of March 18: New blogs from Windows Server/System Center MVPs

Hi, all, Christa Anderson, community lead from the Partner and Customer Ecosystem here with this week’s roundup of MVP blogs related to Windows Server and System Center. Here’s an example of the content in the MVP blogs linked below. If you’re still using Windows Server 2008R2 and/or Windows 7, be sure to check out this…


Week of March 11: New blogs from Windows Server and System Center MVPs

Greetings, all, Christa Anderson here with another MVP blog roundup. This week, MVPs have created lots of new resources. For example, for those interested in Remote Desktop Services, there’s the latest edition of the “VDI Smackdown” (a vendor-neutral analysis of VDI offerings), an evaluation of Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012, and a new TechNet…


Extending the Service Request Form and Exposing the Request Offering Field in System Center 2012: Service Manager

In Service Manager the portal is used to submit new incidents and service requests. Once an end-user submits a new service request through the portal, there is no way out-of-the-box to change the request offering if the end-user chose the wrong offering. This is a fairly common scenario that our tier 1 teams see as…

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Sending mail to users in the “Configuration Items: Computers, Services and People” field in System Center 2012 SP1 – Service Manager

The latest revisions to the Exchange Connector creates configuration items for the users on the To or Cc lines of an e-mail, then adds a relationship to those objects via the “Configuration Items: Computers, Services and People” field on the service request and incident request. Recently one of our partners asked us to create an…

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Week of February 25: New from Windows Server/System Center MVPs

Hi, all,  We took a week off for MVP Summit but we’re now back with this week’s installment of blogs from our Windows Server/System Center MVPs. Several MVPs posted technical how-to articles for high availability for various workloads, as well as book recommendations (Spanish and English) and pointers to new KB articles, hotfixes, and rollups. Some…

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Week of Feburary 11: New from Windows Server/System Center MVPs!

Hi, all, Christa Anderson here with this week’s roundup of MVP blogs and articles. It’s a good time to learn more about Hyper-V, both on its own and in combination with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, especially around virtualized networking. Read about using (and installing) SCOM, MVP top picks for Config Manager 2012 SP1 and how to…

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