Month: July 2012

Infographic: The Internet never sleeps

It’s amazing how much data is being posted and consumed on the Internet everyday, and that it simply does not stop when you do.  When you shut your PC down for the day, others are just booting up.  And, with eerie spider fingers a lot of data is posted and shared automatically all the time. If you dig into the data in this Infographic, you too will be amazed at how much data is being accumulated. Compiled By: Domo

Follow the team on Twitter

Not only has Microsoft announced the replacement for Hotmail, but they’ve also posted up a special Twitter account that you can follow to get all the announcements and goodies. Use the following component to Follow and interact with the Microsoft team: + @twitter + @facebook makes for a great inbox. Check out our new people pane #outlookpreview — Outlook (@Outlook) July 31, 2012

Boy, times they are a’changin’–Bill Anderson moves on

This year just feels different, doesn’t it?  There’s something not quite right in the air – or, at least things that have never been there before.  Technology is on the cusp of leaping again and whenever there are so many changes on the horizon, there will always be personnel changes as part of that.  I’ve been dealing with this industry and this community for so long I can’t remember anymore.  It’s always been good.  There have been many sad times, but things always seem to right themselves if you give it enough time. Well, so, today, is another one of those times where its partly sad, but also potentially joyous.  I received a note from Bill Anderson not long ago.  Bill has been a huge supporter of the System Center community since our very beginning and just like with Wally Mead, you re...

Microsoft rolls out Hotmail replacement, calls it Outlook

Microsoft is announcing a replacement email service for the aging and spam-ridden Hotmail web client.  The new interface is clean and very Metro-ish, making way for ease of use on a touch device like the upcoming Microsoft Surface.  It includes unlimited storage and built-in Skype. I’ve been a Hotmail user long before Microsoft acquired the service, so it’s great to see this kind of makeover. is the brand new link (wonder how much MS paid for that domain) and if you have an existing Hotmail account you can login now and start testing it out. Learn all about it here: And, speaking of Hotmail…how many have been around and been users of Hotmail before Microsoft acquired it?  Remember this? What it looks like:   The email...

Antivirus and OpsMgr: exclusion recommendations

Microsoft has just released guidance for the exclusions to use with your Antivirus application when installed and managing an OpsMgr 2007 or 2012 server. Microsoft’s recommendations cover process executables, directories, and file types (by extensions). Get the recommendations here:  Recommendations for antivirus exclusions that relate to Operations Manager

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Test Lab Guide released

Microsoft is starting to roll out the Test Lab Guides (TLG) at a pretty steady pace.  Here’s a couple others that released recently: SCCM 2012 Test Lab Guide released Better late than never: Test Lab Guide for ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 with R3 released   And, now the TLG for Endpoint Protection 2012 has released and is available for download. Download: Test Lab Extension: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Here’s what’s in this one: Hardware and Software Requirements Steps for the Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Test Lab Extension Configure the Software Update Point Role Endpoint Protection Site System Role Installation Creating Antimalware Policy Creating Client Settings Deploying Endpoint Protection Clients Creating the Automatic Deployment Rule

Win a free pass to VMWorld 2012 courtesy of Veeam!

Use the link below to sign-up and be entered to win either a free pass to VMWorld 2012 or a Netgear ReadyNAS Pro4 (your choice). Sign-up link: ALSO… Just by stopping by Veeam’s booth at VMWorld 2012 (booth #1709), you could win the Veeam Dreeam Lab. 2 HP ProLiant Servers with memory upgrades NETGEAR ReadyNAS storage system with SSD storage HP V1410-16G Ethernet switch …and Microsoft, VMware and Veeam subscription for 1 year! Read all about it here:

Last Chance to Request July’s Free SSRS Report!

This is the last day to request July’s free SSRS report Program Metric Dashboard. Send an email to: Info at Enhansoft. Program Metric Dashboard shows the action taken (Create, Edit, Delete) by the System Center Configuration Management team in managing the lifecycle of packages over a series of months. Each of the actions is color-coded for easy reference. Create = Green, Edit = Steel, Delete = Maroon. This report demonstrates the level of effort that has been performed by the System Center Configuration Management team in the full life cycle management of applications deployed for a company. In the full-feature set, this report will drill through to more detailed reports about program actions. Sample Screenshot:

Last Chance to Request July’s Free SSRS Report!

This is the last day to request July’s free SSRS report Program Metric Dashboard. Send an email to: Info at Enhansoft. Program Metric Dashboard shows the action taken (Create, Edit, Delete) by the System Center Configuration Management team in ...

Data Protection Manager 2012 support for Windows Server 2012

I’ve seen this question come up quite a bit in the DPM community, so it deserves a permanent post so folks can find it. Q: When will DPM 2012 support Windows Server 2012? A: Windows 2012 will not be supported by DPM 2012 until DPM 2012 SP1 is released.

Free autographed copy of Mastering ConfigMgr 2012 for a retweet or a follow

Per Santos Martinez, for a follow or a retweet on Twitter, he’s willing to autograph a book for you.  Use the Twitter component below to do your business. Follow @configninja and Re-tweet for a chance to win a extra autographed book of Mastering #sysctr 2012 #ConfigMgr at #sqlsat150 #MSPFE — Santos Martinez (@ConfigNinja) July 31, 2012  

Dell Client Integration Pack for ConfigMgr 2012 now available!

Dell has released the Client Integration Pack for CM2012!  This is not backward compatible with the one for SCCM 2007. Here’s Warren’s announcement: #Dell Client Integration Pack for #ConfigMgr 2012 now available… #sysctr — Warren Byle (@WarrenByle) July 31, 2012   Feel free to reply or reTweet directly from here – and make sure to follow Warren on Twitter.