The last day of 2009 is an awesome time to prepare for MMS 2010

The Microsoft Management Summit is the best conference on Earth (I’ve not checked the one’s on Mars yet, so I can’t speak to that).  MMS has always been the best place to catch up on System Center products, attend labs, and develop friendships and networking contacts to help you manage your environment.  The cool thing is – myITforum has been part of MMS since the very beginning.  If you want to learn about that, drop out to the MMS Wiki and read all about it and even grab the RSS feed:

http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/MMS.ashx

During my talks at MMS, I ask the same question each year: “How many people are familiar with myITforum?”

In the early days, even with smaller attendance numbers, the majority of people did not know about myITforum.  These days, even with the larger attendance numbers (i.e., 3,000 or 4,000 people), the majority of people know about myITforum and use its services daily.

With our long history with MMS, its should be no surprise that we also provide many services in conjunction with MMS.  So, this post is kind of a reminder for all of you that:

  1. myITforum is the place to go for MMS 2010 information, and
  2. Its time to start thinking about getting approval to attend MMS 2010, if you haven’t already.

We have a couple docs to help you justify your attendance for MMS 2010.  You basically just grab these docs, tailor them to your own needs, and send them off to your manager for approval.  These docs are a sure-fire way to be able to attend MMS, meet the myITforum folks (System Center community), and become part of a System Center tradition.

Here’s the docs:

Henry Wilson's MMS 2010 Cost Justification Document

MMS 2010 Request to Management

An update is available that lets you add Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported platforms for Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

 

On a computer that is running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you have the following features:

  • Software distribution
  • Software update management
  • Desired configuration management
However, the following products are not listed as supported platforms for these features:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

An update is available that lets you add Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported platforms for Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1

Looking for the Configuration Packs for ConfigMgr 2007?

If you are looking for the Configuration Packs for ConfigMgr 2007, Microsoft has moved them to their new Pinpoint search management facility.  There’s currently no defined way of finding them except to use Pinpoint’s search engine.  However, here is the search URL for quick access:

http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/SearchResults.aspx?qs=configuration%20pack&fl=&fpf=700004&fst=1 

How to Prevent the Home Page from Downloading the TechCenter Page on Microsoft.com

 

When the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 console is running on a server with a connection to the Internet, the top node in the console automatically connects to the Microsoft TechNet site to display the System Center Configuration Manager TechCenter. In Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, you can modify the registry to prevent the console from contacting the Internet to display the TechCenter page.

 

The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later.

To prevent the System Center Configuration Manager console from downloading the TechCenter home page

  1. In a registry editor, locate the key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\ConfigMgr\AdminUI.

  2. Create a new DWORD value DisableHomePage.

    You do not need to set any data for the DisableHomePage value; if the value exists, the console will not attempt to connect to the TechCenter home page.

How to Prevent the Home Page from Downloading the TechCenter Page on Microsoft.com