Microsoft Annouces Desktop Optimization Pack

Today (16 Oct 2006),  it was officially announced that Microsoft will combine the recently acquired tools from Softricity, Winternals, and Desktop Standard into a single package that you can purchase for ~$50 per client.  What this package gets you is SoftGrid application virtualization, group policy management/enhancement tools from DesktopStandard, and the remote repair tools from Wintenals.  For this price you could not get even the tools from DesktopStandard, the backend for the SoftGrid used to run about $15,000, that is now free, it also integrates with SMS for reporting and application deployment.

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SMS and MOM Supportability

SMS and MOM Supportability¬†blog from PSS ūüôā
Description about the blog:
This blog has been created by Microsoft Product Support specifically to document top support issues and resolutions for our Manageability Products. We will cover System Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) as well as the relevant add-ons and management packs.
Sarbjit Singh Gill

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Management Pack Development Guide.

Want to write your own MP? Here is the guide.
It is a good idea to read topics you are creating the MP for. So for example you wanted to do some management of security events,  then the following guides are good add on the to MP Guide.
Sarbjit Singh Gill

Extended Security Update Inventory Tool

The SMS Extended Security Update Inventory Tool is a scan tool built for the sole purpose of helping customers determine SMS client computers that may need security updates that are not detectable using the existing SMS Security Update Inventory Tool built on MBSA. Like the SMS Software Update Inventory Tool, it also has the instructions for locating each applicable update, downloading the update from Microsoft, and deploying it using SMS.
Sarbjit Singh Gill

Training / Webcasts

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager and NSI Software Double-Take
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a disk-based backup solution for file servers which leverages the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to provide access to multiple point-in-time snapshots of protected data. NSI Software, Inc. Double-Take provides real-time data protection and replication. It provides disaster recovery and high availability for the data, thus enhancing the value of DPM to customers. This new technical paper describes how Double-Take can be used to protect DPM as well as provide high availability for DPM protected file servers.
TechNet Webcasts: Join the Management Webcast Week
Don’t miss this series that offers in‚Äďdepth examinations of core management products, such as Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Enjoy a sneak preview of some of the new and upcoming products, including System Center 2005 and Windows Update Services (WUS).
Sarbjit Singh Gill

Quest Software to offer application management solutions for Microsoft .Net via agreements with AVIcode

Quest Software has announced its entry into the Microsoft .Net application management marketplace through a series of commercial relationships with AVIcode, a leading provider of .Net application monitoring software. The transactions include agreements for product distribution, joint research and development activities and marketing and sales initiatives, and a Quest equity investment in AVIcode, the terms of which are not being disclosed. Beginning next quarter, Quest will market and distribute its version of AVIcode’s Intercept Studio and .Net Management Pack (Enterprise Edition) for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005.