Attend a session at Converrgence 2008 on how to simplify IT management with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007. As you know, System Center Essentials 2007 is a unified management solution designed for midsize businesses with 50 to 500 PCs. In this interactive session, you will have an opportunity to ask experts questions and better understand how to more proactively manage your IT environment...

Dustin Jones at the System Center Essentials Team Blog posted a heads up. http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenteressentials/archive/2008/01/28/internet-explorer-7-to-be-distributed-via-wsus-in-february.aspx IE 7 will be distributed via WSUS in February as an update rollup package. If you chose the default settings when configuring Updating Management in Essentials 2007, this package will not automatically...

As noted on the System Center Essentials Team Blog http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenteressentials/archive/2008/01/28/vista-sp1-will-be-distributed-via-microsoft-update.aspx there is an issue with Vista SP1 updates that affects Essentials 2007. Windows Vista SP1 will be released as an update on Microsoft Update (MU). The patch is very large and there is a bug in Windows Server 2003 in the WinVerifyTrust...

Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine is publishing a series of QuickTips by Greg Shield on various aspects of Essentials 2007. The first article is a discussion of how to effectively manage your network by understanding your environment and anticipating potential issues instead of spending all of your time fighting fires. http://mcpmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=2448 The second article...

Mark you calendar for Monday's February 2008 webcast of Essentials 2007. Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a new management solution in the Microsoft System Center family of IT systems management products, specifically designed for mid-sized businesses. This session begins by describing some of the mid-market challenges IT administrators may face and discusses how System Center Essentials...

Don Hite has a method for adding a PowerShell Command Shell console to an Essentials 2007 installation. "OpsMgr 2007 unlike its counterpart SCE 2007 comes with a PowerShell Command Shell console built in by default. However if you have PowerShell for Windows 2003 server installed on your SCE Management Server you can access the PowerShell (.Net) binaries by loading them into your PowerShell profile...

Register now for the April 4th, 2008 session on the Overview and Introduction to Windows Essential Business Server. Windows Essential Business Server is an integrated server infrastructure solution that includes Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Security for Exchange, System Center Essentials, the next version of ISA Server and SQL Server 2008. The product is designed for the 1.2...

Unified Experience Unified Reporting Unified reporting based on the SQL 2005™ reporting engine is provided to help you easily run, review, save, print or email information about the status of your IT environment. Essentials 2007 provides you with more than 30 preconfigured reports upon installation to cover your reporting needs. These reports cover things like: asset inventory, status of your IT environment...

If you can't make it to Orlando to meet with Essentials 2007 experts in April, then you have another opportunity in June. TechEd US 2008 will take place from June 10-13, 2008 at, you guessed it, Orlando! For more information, go to http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2008/itpro/about/default.mspx Save $200 if you register before April 4, 2008. You also have a chance to go to the TechEd 2008 Developers...

Convergence is the premier Microsoft Dynamics event. It brings customers, partners, team members and industry experts together in an environment created to discuss solutions, address business needs and establish a true community that can be leveraged throughout the year. The date and location for this event is March 11-14, 2008, West Building, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. I'd...

SYMPTOMS: System Center Essentials 2007 relies on both Microsoft Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) and functionality from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to deploy software updates. Use Microsoft System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 3.0 to import software update catalogs. On the command line of the imported catalog is a /qn switch for Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) updates or for...

SYMPTOMS: On your computer that is running Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 you have a registry entry name that contains a backslash character (\). For example, you have a registry entry named: EMEA/Nordic Use Registry Probe to monitor the registry key value. RESULT: In this case, you will find that the Monitoring pane of the Operations Console displays "false" under the RegAttributeName...

SYMPTOMS: Generate a report in Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007, RESULT: you may observe any of the following: • The reporting console stops responding when you click Find on the Edit menu to search for specific text in the report. • The reporting console stops responding if you create a report in XML Paper Specification (XPS) format. • The contents of a report you created in XPS format are...

SYMPTOMS: Create a Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 report. View the report by clicking Print Preview on the File menu. RESULT: the background color of the report may be black. You cannot read the report details. EXPECT: the background color of the report should be white. CAUSE: This problem occurs because of an issue in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services together with Microsoft SQL...

I had an interesting time getting an entry posted on Wikpedia for Essentials 2007. Check out the document history at http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Essentials_2007&action=history Who knew there was an army of self appointed scrutinizers watching the site like a hawk. I didn't realize that adding an entry to the existing reference section for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Center... More Posts Next page »