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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 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...

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...

In an earlier post I identified a number of partner management packs for use with Essentials 2007. There are loads of additional custom MPs that don't show up in the standard Microsoft catalogue that can be used either as is or with slight modifications customized for your specific needs. Here is a summary of what is currently available: You can start with the Microsoft catalogue and see what is...

Scenario: You are running the management server role and the agent components on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 computers in a Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 environment. Enable the User Account Control feature on these computers. Result: You are unable to obtain elevated user rights for workflows that need these rights. Additionally, the following event is logged in the Operations Manager...

The Essentials 2007 catalog home page is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/scp/essntls07.aspx?SCPProdID=4 . This catalog will help you find software related to Essentials 2007 that will extends the management and communication capabilities of your installation across your infrastructure.

Looking to produce an Essentials 2007 report of ONLY one attribute of systems the 'All Clients' group? For instance, you want to find out the OS versions currently deployed in your environment or how much physical memory is currently installed on each system. Default behavior is to provide a complete hardware inventory. There is no default report in the Reporting space that provides only one...

The Monitoring pane in the Essentials 2007 console provides users a method to find relevant monitoring data to take appropriate actions to maintaind a healthy network. The Monitoring pane displays various aspects of monitoring data that Essentials 2007 collects. Each object in the Monitoring pane is either a view type or a folder that contains a collection of views. The Find, Search, and Scope buttons...

At this year's MS Convergence 2008, learn more about Essentials 2007 unified IT management solution in this session designed for midsize businesses with 50 to 500 PCs. This session is an overview of Essentials 2007 features, architecture and configuration. Understand how Essentials 2007 helps enable IT professionals in midsize organizations to proactively monitor, update and troubleshoot their...

No, Essentials 2007 is not a lite version of System Center Operations manager (SCOM.) Lately, it feels like I've been answering that question frequently. Essentials 2007 uses the same basic engine as SCOM, but includes the features of WSUS 3.0. Unlike WSUS 3.0 on it's own, Essentials 2007 also provides support for pushing out and managing software updates for non-Microsoft products. Essentials...

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...

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...

Extend the capabilities of Microsoft System Center Essentials to network devices, UNIX servers and non-Microsoft applications like VMware VirtualCenter and MySQL. Xian Io is a comprehensive network monitoring solution, designed to monitor performance, availability and reliability on the most common SNMP-based network devices. Xian Io extends the management infrastructure of System Center Essentials...

I've read a few posts lately from readers who wanted the pricing details for Essentials 2007. Here it is, straight from the source: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/essentials/howtobuy/default.mspx As I mentioned in an earlier post New evaluation version of System Center Essentials 2007 available , interested administrators can download a full featured 30 day trial of the basic package which...

The Microsoft Partner Program has a variety of online resources in the Partner Readiness Training section of their website. While many are targeted primarily to a sales and marketing audience, there are still resources that TechNet Webcast: Deploying Office 2007 w/System Center Essentials 2007 TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with System Center 2007 (Level 200) TechNet Webcast: Importing Third-Party... More Posts Next page »