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How to Deploy to Deploy Office 2010 (Beta) using System Center Essentials 2010

 

Essentials 2010 simplifies software distribution, including easy distribution for common applications such as Microsoft Office. Essentials also provides support for

  • Common targeting filters

  • Changing the properties of existing software packages

  • Adding localized title and description during package creation

  • Many other features

The Essentials team and the Office team have partnered to provide you with the simplest possible deployment experience

System Center Essentials Team Blog : How to Deploy to Deploy Office 2010 (Beta) using System Center Essentials 2010

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Upcoming webinar for Microsoft System Center Service Providers

 

Intel® vPro™ Technology Alliance Program: Briefing for Microsoft System Center Service Providers

Join us for a Webinar on January 26

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/358925115

Join us to learn more about the new "Intel vPro Technology Alliance". This exciting program is for manageability service providers.  By integrating the innovative security, manageability and cost-saving features of Intel vPro technology in your service offerings, can help your business offer new value added services and create additional business opportunities with new and existing accounts.

Title:
Intel® vPro™ Technology Alliance Program: Briefing for Microsoft System Center Service Providers

Date:
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Upcoming webinar for Microsoft System Center Service Providers

Sharing the myITforum love in both the old and NEW article system…

The myITforum.com community creates a LOT of content, and you know that.  But, we’ve now made it EASIER to share myITforum.com information across many various mechanisms, such as Email and social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Across all article pages (new and old) now, you’ll see a “Share” button.  When hover over it a dropdown box will appear giving you the option of using your favorite sharing method.

AddThis

Oh, and did you hear me say something about old and NEW article system?  Sure you did.  You can find the new “Share” button on one of Chris Nackers’ recent articles on both article versions.

OLD version

NEW version

And, P.S. – would you like the ability to search the ENTIRE web site in one interface?  Shhhh…this is secret!

Try the Article search:

http://www.myitforum.com/absolutenm/default.aspx

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 

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Customization to some hardware inventory classes not preserved when patching the Configuration Manager client

 

Recently a customer reported that when applying a hotfix (.MSP file) that updates the Configuration Manager client software, some customized hardware inventory data was later missing for the targeted clients. The customer was looking specifically at information previously added to the Win32Reg_AddRemovePrograms class. 

Here is what happened:
The client installation process, which in this context also includes installing a patch, triggers local compilation of a few buit-in MOF files that are needed for some core client functions. 

The end result is that if you have customized hardware inventory to extend Win32Reg_AddRemovePrograms, or one of the other classes in the following list, your customizations will not be preserved when you apply a patch to the Configuration Manager client:

CCM_InstalledComponent;
CCM_SystemDevices;
CCM_RecentlyUsedApps;
CCM_System;

SMS_AMTObject;
SMS_LogicalDisk;
SMS_Processor;

Win32_WindowsUpdateAgentVersion;

Win32Reg_AddRemovePrograms;
Win32Reg_SMSAdvancedClientSSLConfiguration;
Win32Reg_SMSGuestVirtualMachine;

To recover and have these classes reported properly again requires an update to the hardware inventory policy data on the site server.  This can be forced by just making a change to the sms_def.mof (such as adding, then removing a space) and saving it to force Inventory Data Loader to update policy based on the mof.  This is a site wide change, though a small one.  To minimize repetition of this, and therefore unnecessary traffic, wait to do this until all Configuration Manager clients have been updated.

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Customization to some hardware inventory classes not preserved when patching the Configuration Manager client

1E Release Shopping version 3.1!

 

1E

London & New York, Thursday 3rd December 2009 - 1E, a leading provider of software and services which reduce organizations’ IT costs and environmental footprint, today announced version 3.1 of its web-based self-service application provisioning tool, Shopping, which automates and simplifies the request, approval, license management and delivery cycle of software distribution.

There is a growing trend for organizations to delegate aspects of IT decision making to a regional business unit – or branch office – in order to increase agility and lower management overheads. With Shopping 3.1, branch administrators are empowered to make local decisions, such as which applications are available and who can approve them. Central IT retains overall governance and control and no changes are required to the existing systems management infrastructure.

Shopping 3.1 is packed with new features that empower branch office administrators, giving them greater control over the distribution process; reducing the costs associated with each request through automation; and minimizing the time taken to deliver an application to an individual end-user or department, while allowing them to focus on more strategic tasks. The solution also dramatically increases end-user satisfaction and productivity, as standard applications can be delivered in minutes from the initial request.

With Shopping 3.1, a regional or branch office administrator can now:

- choose which applications are published in their branch or site

- add approvers to their branch

- configure approval for the published applications

- view branch management reports

Shopping 3.1 is fully-integrated with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Active Directory and offers increased platform support for

Windows®7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 and enhanced scalability and performance.

"Managing IT centrally can often be time-consuming, expensive and difficult. With Shopping 3.1, branch office administrators spend less time fulfilling end-user requests, while individual end-users have greater control over and faster, automated, license-controlled access to the applications they need to get their jobs done," says Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E. "All 1E solutions are designed to offer a return on investment in under 12 months, creating attractive opportunities for branch offices and centralized organizations alike."

Shopping has proven it is scalable and reliable in a live environment. At Syngenta, Shopping handled over 147,000 requests and saved over 50,000 man hours of IT support time. Mario Kunz, Global Client Services Lead at Syngenta, who has been using Shopping for the past six years, says: "The application is doing 100 per cent of what it was designed to do, and enabling our users to get the software they need to work effectively."

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Pricing & Availability

Shopping 3.1 is available immediately. Please visit www.1e.com or call +44 (0)20 8326 3880 or US/Canada Toll Free +1 866 592 4214 for more information.

Webinar for Existing & Prospective Customers

Existing 1E customers and prospective customers are invited to find out more about Shopping 3.1 on Thursday 3rd December and Tuesday 9th December at 16.00 GMT. To register your interest for this session, please go to www.1e.com and click on the link to the webinars on the top right of our home page.

About 1E

1E helps its clients reduce IT costs and environmental footprint. Our expertise in providing leading-edge automation solutions, which reduce complexity, management costs and power consumption, has earned us the trust and confidence of over 12 million licensed users across 1,100 businesses in 42 countries worldwide. Customers include AT&T, Allstate Insurance, CSC, Blue Cross, British Airways, Dell Inc., DWP, HSBC, ING Investment Management, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Nestlé, Reed Elsevier, SABMiller, Syngenta, the US Air Force on behalf of the Pentagon and Verizon Wireless. For further information, please visit www.1e.com

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Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Renaming AMT-Based Computers and Domain Changes in SCCM environment

 

I have been asked by several customers about the following scenario: I have a vPro system that was provisioned by my SCCM environment and I want to change the system name post this provisioning process.  How does the MEBx information get updated after the OS name change to keep the system in sync?

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Renaming AMT-Based Computers and Domain Changes in SCCM environment