June 2009 - Posts

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog : Known issues with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007
23 June 09 03:31 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


We’ve seen a couple issues with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 that we just released and found that the issues did not impact the operation of the management pack but were generating some non-actionable alerts. As a result, we wanted to make everyone aware of these so they wouldn’t cause any undue concern.

The following are some of the known issues in the Dynamics AX 2009 Management pack.

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog : Known issues with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007

Morro aka Microsoft Security Essentials is available for download on Connect
23 June 09 02:39 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


is now available for download here

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Mid-sized organizations using System Center? You can help with an upcoming article…
22 June 09 06:26 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Our good friend, Greg Shields, author, writer, trainer, etc., etc., is writing an article shortly for TechNet magazine and would love to locate 5-10 companies who are willing to give some input for the article.

Greg wants to hear from myITforum’ers who work in mid-sized organizations (500-2000 people) and use multiple bits of the System Center suite.  He would like to hear how you are using System Center to automate the administration of the environment.

If you are able to help, you can contact Greg directly at:  gshields@concentratedtech.com

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Good or bad news? Acresso looking for sales person…
22 June 09 05:35 PM | rodtrent | with no comments



With the InstallShield apps being volleyed-about between owners like a hot potato the last few years, this may not be such a good position.

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Over 5 hrs of free expert training on the Audit Collection Services
22 June 09 05:26 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Secure Vantage is hosting the training videos for the entire ACS Master Class Series on their web site.

The free online ACS Master Class Series provides IT Administrators with essential guidance and knowledge about planning, deploying, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing ACS. From the novice to the experienced professional, these courses provide the real world guidance you’ve been looking for.

Click here to download the training video series (.ZIP, 209MB).





ACS Overview

15 min

        Rory McCaw

ACS Design & Planning

45 min

        Pete Zerger

ACS Deployment

18 min

        Raymond Chou

ACS Optimization & Tuning

18 min

        Ryan Brennan

ACS Troubleshooting

39 min

        Chance Folmar

ACS Access Hardening

16 min

        Graham Davies

ACS Noise Filtering

22 min

        Jeremiah Beckett

ACS Audit Policy Planning

50 min

        Randy Franklin Smith

ACS DR & Failover

35 min

        Steve Ross

ACS Gateways & Certificates

20 min

        Maarten Goet


Click here to download the training video series (.ZIP, 209MB).

myITforum.com Bronze Partner, Adaptiva, rolls out web-based support forum
22 June 09 05:15 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Adaptiva has rolled-out there own web-based community forum at myITforum.com to help answer questions about the Adaptiva product lines.

Here’s their new forum:  http://www.myitforum.com/forums/Adaptiva_Products/forumid_185/tt.htm

And, here’s the Adaptiva partners forums:  http://www.myitforum.com/forums/forumid_124/tt.htm

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Locations of OpsMgr 2007 cross-platform specific documentation
22 June 09 04:41 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Gwen, Technical Writer for the System Center Cross Platform and Interop Connections at Microsoft,  is getting a lot of questions about cross-platform specific documentation for OpsMgr 2007.  According to Gwen, there really isn’t such a thing.  The cross-platform information is rolled into the Operations Manager 2007 R2 documentation.

But, Gwen contacted us to help get the word out about this, and gave some links that may interest you if you’re looking for this type of information..

The topics marked with * contain Cross platform specific information. This list does not include any of the related SP1 documentation.

System Center Operations Manager 2007



*Getting Started with Operations Manager 2007


(Search for ‘Support for Discovery and Monitoring of UNIX and LINUX based computers’)


*Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Notes


*Supported Configurations:

(Search for ‘Supported Software Requirements for Operations Manager 2007 ‘ and ‘UNIX or Linux Operating Systems’)


*Upgrading from Operations Manager 2007 SP1 to R2

(Search for ‘UNIX’)


Planning Operations Manager 2007 R2



*Overview of Operations Manager 2007

(Search for ‘Cross-Platform Monitoring (UNIX-based or Linux-based Computers)’)


*Identifying Requirements for Operations Manager 2007

(Search for ‘UNIX’)


*Mapping Requirements to a Design for Operations Manager 2007

(Search for ‘UNIX’)


Deploying and Configuring Operations Manager 2007



Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Scenarios


*Single Server, Single Management Group Scenario

(Search on ‘UNIX’)


Operations Manager 2007 Environmental Prerequisites


*Security Considerations

(Search for ‘Monitoring UNIX and Linux computers’ and ‘Planning for UNIX or Linux Run As Profiles’)


*Agent and Agentless Monitoring


Configuring Security for Operations Manager 2007



*About the Operations Manager 2007 Security Guide

(Search on ‘UNIX’)


*Authentication and Data Encryption for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems


*How to Manually Install Certificates for Cross-Platform Support


Appendix B - List of Hash Values for UNIX and Linux Agents



Using Operations Manager 2007 R2



Operations Manager 2007 R2 Operations Administrator's Guide


Start Monitoring


*Deploying Agents in Operations Manager 2007

(Search on ‘UNIX’)


*Deploying UNIX or Linux Agents


*Configuring a Cross Platform Run As Account


*Importing Cross Platform Management Packs


*Using the Discovery Wizard to Discover Systems and Deploy Cross Platform Agents


*Manually Installing Cross Platform Agents


*Discovering Systems after Manual Deployment


*Viewing System Monitors


*Uninstalling Cross Platform Management Packs and Agents


*Appendix A - Cross Platform Operating System Package Dependencies


Authoring in Operations Manager 2007 R2


*Cross Platform Management Pack Authoring Guide for Operations Manager 2007 R2:


Troubleshooting Operations Manager 2007 R2


*Cross Platform Troubleshooting Guide:


Wireshark - network protocol analyzer
22 June 09 02:05 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.


Wireshark has a rich feature set which includes the following:

  • Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time
  • Live capture and offline analysis
  • Standard three-pane packet browser
  • Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
  • Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility
  • The most powerful display filters in the industry
  • Rich VoIP analysis
  • Read/write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), Pcap NG, Catapult DCT2000, Cisco Secure IDS iplog, Microsoft Network Monitor, Network General Sniffer® (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer® Pro, and NetXray®, Network Instruments Observer, NetScreen snoop, Novell LANalyzer, RADCOM WAN/LAN Analyzer, Shomiti/Finisar Surveyor, Tektronix K12xx, Visual Networks Visual UpTime, WildPackets EtherPeek/TokenPeek/AiroPeek, and many others
  • Capture files compressed with gzip can be decompressed on the fly
  • Live data can be read from Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP/HDLC, ATM, Bluetooth, USB, Token Ring, Frame Relay, FDDI, and others (depending on your platfrom)
  • Decryption support for many protocols, including IPsec, ISAKMP, Kerberos, SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, WEP, and WPA/WPA2
  • Coloring rules can be applied to the packet list for quick, intuitive analysis
  • Output can be exported to XML, PostScript®, CSV, or plain text



Wireshark: About

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Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V version 1) Planning, Deployment and Operations Guide - myITforum.com
20 June 09 02:30 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V version 1) Planning, Deployment and Operations Guide - myITforum.com

Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 - myITforum.com
20 June 09 02:27 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 - myITforum.com

Mindre.net | Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar
20 June 09 02:23 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


I've created a sidebar gadget so I can see what the Hyper-V server is doing from my workstation.
The gadget can list multiple servers at once and also support vmconnect when double clicking on a VM.

PS: The gadget uses WMI to connect to the server so the user might need to follow John Howard's guide remote WMI access (Step 5) on both the client and the Hyper-V server.

Mindre.net | Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar

Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 public beta now available
18 June 09 06:39 PM | rodtrent | with no comments



Feed: The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog
Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:07 PM
Author: jchornbe
Subject: Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 public beta now available

Yesterday the Configuration Manager product team announced the release of the public beta for Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and it’s available for download for all customers.  Service Pack 2 for Configuration Manager 2007 delivers new platform support for Windows 7 client, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.  In addition, Service Pack 2 delivers continued innovation with Intel vPro technology, support for Branch Cache enabled environments, and continued development for 64 bit architectures. 

For more information and a download link see http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/06/17/announcement-configuration-manager-2007-service-pack-2-public-beta.aspx.

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer

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There’s awards for overcharging at events? Apparently. MMS 2009 staging company wins an award.
18 June 09 06:37 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Its work in staging the Microsoft Management Summit won the award for Best Overall Staging for a Corporate Event with a technology budget over $200,000.

Freeman Wins Three InfoComm/LSA Awards - Exhibitor News Network (ENN)

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Win7’s Windows Mobility Center is cool…
18 June 09 05:13 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Just happened on this little feature for Win7 laptops, by accidentally hitting the keyboard’s START-X combination.


If you use a laptop, you can quickly access settings (for example, speaker volume, wireless network connection status, and display brightness) in Windows Mobility Center. Because all these settings are in one location, you save time and don’t need to remember where each setting is located. This is especially helpful when you need to quickly adjust laptop settings in different places—such as traveling from your desk to a meeting, or going from home to the airport.

Mobility Center displays the most commonly used laptop settings, such as brightness, volume, battery status, and wireless network status. Different tiles are displayed depending on your system, and some tiles are added by your laptop manufacturer.

Here are some of the settings you might find in Mobility Center. Remember that not all settings are available on all laptops.

  • Brightness. Move the slider to temporarily adjust the brightness of your display. To adjust the display brightness settings for your power plan, click the icon to open Power Options.

  • Volume. Move the slider to adjust the speaker volume of your laptop, or select the Mute check box.

  • Battery Status. View how much charge remains on your battery or select a power plan from the list.

  • Wireless Network. View the status of your wireless network connection or turn your wireless network adapter on or off.

  • Screen Rotation. Change the orientation of your Tablet PC screen from portrait to landscape, or vice versa.

  • External Display. Connect an additional monitor to your laptop, or customize the display settings.

  • Sync Center. View the status of an in-progress file sync, start a new sync, set up a sync partnership, or change your settings in Sync Center.

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Iris Browser for Windows Mobile 5 & 6
18 June 09 05:03 PM | rodtrent | with no comments


Iris Browser™ for Windows Mobile® 5 & 6 is now available for free download! Simply register with us by providing your name and contact information and download the CAB to your PC or directly to your phone.

The browser has been tested on a variety of Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, including Classic and Professional (Smartphone, PocketPC) editions, and we recommend 400MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM at this time, though it is known to work well on 200MHz processors and 64MB devices.

Torch Mobile » Download

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