Microsoft has conducted a tremendous amount of research on IT practices in mid-sized businesses. Hundreds of customer visits, focus groups, establishment of customer and partner advisory boards, and more to gather detailed input on how a product can help mid-market customers simplify processes, improve reliability and generally shift their role from "reactive firefighter" to a more strategic...

The Dell Management Pack enables System Center Essentials 2007 to discover and monitor the status of Dell systems and printers on a defined network segment. This improved representation, which includes the receipt of failure and pre-failure alerts, allows Dell customers to assess, respond to, and validate the availability of Dell systems and printers monitored. In addition to improved availability...

Essentials 2007 SP1 supports more SNMP protocols, allows cross platform archectures of managed clients and servers and has improved management pack and reporting functionality. What does this mean to you as an IT Generalist? Improve monitoring and troubleshooting diagnostics for your Windows-based servers, Windows-based clients, applications and network devices New updates of management packs for Microsoft...

Essentials 2007 SP1 management server, console and agent on computers running Windows Server 2008 will be fully supported by CYQ208. Management packs for Windows Server 2008 and it's role will be available as well in the same timeframe. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system and provides significant improvements to the base operating system over...

Essentials 2007 SP1 supported Managment Packs follow these guidelines, simplifying IT management: Rules which generate alerts are directly actionable. No alert is generated that is not directly actionable or does not require user attention. Alerts automatically resolve the problem wherever technically possible. In the event that automatic resolution is not possible, tasks should be provided for assisting...

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Essentials 2007 SP1 supports using a remote SQL Server 2005 instance on a computer with a different architecture (x86 or x64) than the computer running the Essentials 2007 management server Optimized for the Intel Itanium processor, SQL Server (64-bit) takes advantage of advanced memory addressing capabilities for essential resources such as buffer pools, caches, and sort heaps, reducing the need to...

Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a solution designed for IT administrators in midsized organizations that include up to 30 servers and 500 client computers. Administrators can use the System Center Essentials 2007 to secure, update, monitor, and track their IT environment. With System Center Essentials, you can perform the following tasks: Use the inventory feature to collect and examine...

The IntelĀ® Active Management Technology Management Pack for Essentials provides support for Intel AMT Technology version 2.0 and later. The Intel AMT MP gives Essentials 2007 the capability to discover and remotely manage Intel AMT supported systems. This MP extends the Essentials menus to include Intel AMT functionality. TDuring the discovery process, the MP retrieves asset information from the AMT...

How to Create a Simple Log File Event Detection Monitor in Essentials 2007 A simple log file event monitor queries a log file for specific text and sets the health state based on the match. You can specify two pattern matches in the log file: one to set the health state to either warning or error, and the other to set the health state to success. To create the monitor: Log on to the computer with an...

A real improvement of Essentials 2007 SP1 is to the Computer and Device Management Wizard with the ability to now support discovering SNMPv1 devices. The discovery process configures the Essentials 2007 Server as a proxy agent for any SNMP-enabled network devices you discover, and subsequently do the device polling via SNMP GETs. If you have upgraded your existing installation of Essentials 2007, you...

HP Proliant Management Pack v1.1 The HP Server Management Packs for Operations Manager 2007 and Essentials 2007 support the following features: User Defined Custom Data Icons for Console Diagram View Streamlined Base Hardware event rules in the HP Integrity Management Pack Streamlined procedure for HP Server Management Packs for installation Improved management of events by eliminating multiple alerts...

May's TechNet Magazine features a folded poster insert on System Center Essentials SP1. The poster provides a architecture diagram on how Essentials works on each of the key feature areas: Monitoring, Inventory, Software Distribution & Updates. It also includes a section on what is new with Service Pack 1. It's definitively cool poster I'll be hanging in my office!

Reporting in Essentials 2007 provides a very simple method to generate a report. SQL Server 2005 Express as well as other higher editions of Yukon are supported. Reports can contain data from the following sources: WSUS Operations Manager AEM The reporting feature in Essentials 2007 is available immediately after installation without performing any additional steps. There are four reports that are...

Remote Operations Manager 2007 is a partner solution to provide remote managed services to small and midsize customers. ROM 2007 simplifies the monitoring of distributed systems, enabling IT service providers to respond immediately to issues that affect the organization's IT environment. Easy-to-follow configuration documentation and support is available from Microsoft. At the service provider... More Posts Next page »