Microsoft Extends Support for SMS 2003

Support for Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Systems Management Server 2003 R2 will transition from Mainstream Support to Extended Support on January 12, 2010. This update follows the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for Business and Developer products. The Microsoft policy provides a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support or two years of Mainstream Support after the successor product ships, whichever is longer.

SMS 2003 and SMS 2003 R2 were originally scheduled to transition to Extended Support on April 14, 2009. However, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 was recently released as the successor product for SMS 2003. Therefore, Mainstream Support for SMS 2003 and SMS 2003 R2 has been updated to end on January 12, 2010. Extended Support will end on January 13, 2015.

Organizations that are currently running Systems Management Server 2003 should note the dates when Mainstream Support and Extended Support end. Customers who are interested in migrating to System Center Configuration Server 2007 can contact a Sales Account Manager or a Technical Account Manager.

The goal of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle is to provide predictable and consistent product support timelines for all Microsoft products and customers, worldwide. For information about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, visit the following Web site:

Sunbelt Vipre users struck by false positives, downing computers…

If you're running Sunbelt's Vipre product, you'll want to monitor the support forums for more information.  Information from several sources are indicating today as Black Monday, having to run system repair for get Vista and XP machines working again.  The majority of the issues are affecting Lenovo computers, due to the way Lenovo installs additional utilities that aren't necessarily needed to function correctly.  Vipre is recognizing utility executables as virus-infected files or malware and deleting them from the file system.


Support forum:

Changing Passwords with Operations Manager



Posted on: Friday, July 03, 2009 10:25 AM
Author: Anders Bengtsson
Subject: Changing Passwords with Operations Manager

Yesterday when I was going to do some tests in one of my labs I could not remember the password. Fortunately the Operations Manager R2 RMS machine was unlocked so I could use it. I then created a rule that ran a modification of the following script on each machine, and swish! I could logon again

Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
strComputer = WshNetwork.ComputerName
strComputer = "."
Set objUser = GetObject("WinNT://" & strComputer & "/Administrator,user")
objUser.SetPassword "NewPasswordHere"

With that in mind it is funny how some organization look at security and accounts. It is not unusual that a consultant or co-worker get Administrator permissions or Author permissions in Operations Manager, but they would never get full exchange administrator or domain administrator permissions in the environment.

Some interesting link regarding the subject, Ops Mgr security guide and Ops Mgr Security Hardening Guide.

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On its way! System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed

Kerrie Meyler tells us that the book (all 1,224 pages) has gone to the printer and the book should be available for shipping in August 2009.

Read Kerrie’s note:


Jump out an grab a copy so that it ships straight away after it’s available:

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed
By Kerrie Meyler, Byron Holt, Greg Ramsey

Managing and maintaining desktop computing infrastructure is more challenging than ever before. Microsoft's new System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the major upgrade to Microsoft's long-time SMS product, promises IT organizations unprecedented security, convenience, and completeness when it comes to managing their PCs. However, reviewers have noted, SCCM 2007 adopters need extensive up-front knowledge to take full advantage of this product. This is the first book to offer comprehensive, independent, real-world coverage of SCCM 2007 through its entire lifecycle: from planning and deployment to day-to-day administration and troubleshooting. The authors introduce a powerful methodology designed to help implementers carefully define the solutions they need to solve, and optimize their SCCM 2007 deployments to successfully solve those problems. The authors don't just cover SCCM 2007's features: they present crucial information on the other products and technologies its features and components rely upon. This book's coverage ranges from network and architecture design to Active Directory integration and software packaging; testing and stabilization to software and OS distribution; reporting to security.

IBM Releases Deployment and System Packs for System Center Configuration Manager 2007

The IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is used to configure IBM hardware components, prior to deploying Windows using Microsoft SCCM. This kit extends Configuration Manager 2007, providing a convenient integrated user interface that will be familiar to SCCM administrators. The Deployment Pack completes the end-to-end deployment scenario in environments where IBM-specific configuration steps are required, including RAID, RSA2, BMC, and BIOS.


IBM System Packs for SCCM provides firmware and driver updates for Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manger.