…quick update on an improvement in DPM Client Protection after installing the hotfix rollup package from March 2011. With this hotfix rollup, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) now supports protecting up to 3000 client computers.
System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 now supports protecting up to 3000 client computers - Ctrl P - The Data Protection Manager Blog! - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
The MyDeploy™ 3.0 Admin Edition is a web-based deployment portal that extends the deployment activities of SCCM in one user-friendly interface, providing immediate return on investment and support for an agile service model responsive to the needs of your business.
The MyDeploy™ 3.0 Admin EditionWinWorkers | WinWorkers
We’ve been talking-up the “Ask Wally” event on July 13, 2011, which is going to be a monumental webcast, but we’re not the only ones.
As you surf around, reading through technical posts for the next couple weeks, take special notice of the webcast promotions. Here’s an example from today on WindowsITPro:
Just received this from the folks at Microsoft and they’ve asked myITforum.com to help spread the word. This message is targeted directly at those *still* using SMS 2003 in their environment. As you know, Microsoft is investing heavily in “the cloud” from all angles. If you are using SMS 2003 now, its assumed you might be a smaller shop that would benefit from Windows Intune instead of ConfigMgr 2012 when the time comes to migrate.
Here’s the full communication. Make sure to take special note of the email and website links so you can communicate with Microsoft if you are interested in taking advantage of this extraordinary offer.
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We are from the Windows Intune team product team. We are looking for customers using SMS 2003 with interest in moving to cloud management. Have never heard of Windows Intune? Take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsintune/pc-management.aspx for more details. Now, this information is on our Intune release that just occurred in March. There will be another release of Intune toward the end of this calendar year with a richer feature set that will be more broadly applicable to many medium enterprises that have a need for client management and want to leverage a cloud offering to reduce the overall cost to deliver it. And, as part of that release, we are working on a tool that would help customers using existing MS management tools like WSUS, SMS 2003, or ConfigMgr 2007 to easily migrate their environment into Windows Intune. We are looking for customers who can work with the product team over the next few months to deeply engage trying out the tool and supplying feedback as part of our TAP program.
We will be happy to assist such customers by providing a product group contact for feedback, discussions and consultations.
If you are a customer using existing MS management tools that may benefit from the capabilities of Intune as well as a relationship with the Intune product team, please contact us. When you do, please tell us a bit about yourself including total number of clients you manage, a bit more about your environment, and some things in Intune that you would benefit from.
Please respond to our alias or fill out our survey if you are an interested customer or know of a potentially interested customer.
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You’ve probably seen XenApp Connector for SCCM in XenApp 6. Now we’re taking it one step further – Along with the Citrix XenApp Tech Preview release, we’re pleased to announce the availability of the next version of the XenApp Connector for Microsoft SCCM 2007, as a Tech Preview release
Got SCCM 2007? Take a look at this XenApp Connector Tech Preview! | Citrix Blogs
Welcome to the SCCM GURU Webcast Series
Each month, we will showcase an SCCM GURU who will discuss the hottest topics in Configuration Management. We are kicking off this webcast series with Wally Mead, Microsoft SCCM Guru
Episode 1: "Ask Wally"
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11am Pacific
For this webcast, we are asking the SCCM community to send in questions to Wally that he will address on this webcast so don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect directly with one of the most highly respected and knowledgeable people on SCCM in the industry!
Wally Mead has been with Microsoft for 19 years, and working with Systems Management Server since SMS 1.0 was in development. He started in the training group developing and delivering training courses on SMS 1.0 through 2.0, then moved to the SMS product group to assist TAP customers in the SMS 2003 and Configuration Manager TAP programs. He still works with customers through hands-on labs, presentations, and demonstrations at industry events, as well as working with customers in TAP programs, and monitoring the System Center Configuration Manager TechNet forums.
SCCM GURU WEBCAST
Thursday, July 13, 2011
11:00 am-12:00 pm Pacific
Wally Mead, Microsoft SCCM Guru
Click here to submit a question to Wally to address in the webcast.
Managing hardware drivers is still one of the biggest pain points for deploying operating systems. Companies like Dell do a great job providing the right drivers, however, it can still be difficult to locate and store them. Answering this short survey will help us help you.
The MMS 2011 DVD production company did a great job on the DVD set. You can pop in any of the 3 disks from the set, and the following menu is available:
The menu is laid out logically and gives you access to the content across the 3 disks, i.e., if you click a session that does not exist on the currently inserted disk, it will prompt you for the right disk number.
Incidentally, if “AutoPlay” is turned or “AutoRun” is turned-off on your computer, you can just double-click the Index.html file on the disk and open the menu in your Internet browser:
After testing the different browsers with the MMS 2011 DVD set, it works right-off-the-bat with Internet Explorer (8 and 9), Opera (tested on 11.10), and Chrome (tested with 12.0.742.100).
However, Firefox has issues. It keeps asking for Silverlight when trying to watch any video, gives the option to download and install Silverlight, but then bombs on the installation with a message of:
This is on a Windows 7 computer.
If you experience technical issues with your MMS 2011 DVD set – or think you’ve waited simply long enough for it to show, you can use the following email address:
Please keep in mind – don’t use this address lightly. Only use it for real issues.
Late Friday, our email logs began showing that Trend has added the myITforum.com server to their email blacklist. We’ve had several folks complain about not receiving emails.
We’re working to get this fixed, but in the interim, you can add the myITforum.com server IP (22.214.171.124) to the whitelist of the senders address to get email flowing again for you.
If you’re not sure you are using Trend, you’ll need to have a chat with your email folks.
Every piece of email sent from myITforum.com is completely opt-in. If you are having trouble unsubscribing from something you signed-up for, please contact us offline to fix the issue for you.
Download this new whitepaper and learn about the 6 key concepts that you should consider when monitoring vSphere with OpsMgr, including:
- Monitoring with the “virtualization stack” in mind
- Sorting the actionable alerts from alert “noise”
- Understanding override behavior and best practices
I’ve heard from a number of folks who had already received their MMS DVDs, so I was getting a bit worried that I’d have to contact the conference email address to check on status. But, my MMS 2011 DVD set arrived on Saturday!
Here it is in all it’s glory!
I’ve yet to pop it into the DVD player due to being so busy with Father’s Day festivities this weekend, but I fully plan to do so today.
BTW: If you couldn’t attend MMS 2011 this year but still want to enjoy the sessions, Microsoft is selling the DVD set to non-attendees at the following link:
And, if you’d like to attain additional sets (those that attended the event), you can get those here:
Microsoft posted today that the Opalis blog will be gathering dust from here on out and that you should head on over to the System Center Orchestrator (new name for Opalis) blog to keep apprised of new information.
Last Opalis blog post:
New System Center Orchestrator blog:
The System Center Orchestrator Beta product provides the capability of automation of workflows (Runbooks) across other System Center and 3rd party products. These runbooks are created in the Runbook Designer, deployed via the Deployment Manager and run and monitored locally or remotely via the Orchestrator Console.
Feature Bullet Summary:
- Management Server
- Orchestrator Console
- Runbook Designer
- Deployment Manager
- Web service for reporting
The Viewfinity Local Admin Discovery is a free tool that allows you to discover user accounts and groups that are members of the local “Administrators” built-in user group on computers in your Windows domain.