Microsoft System Center team primes the beta pump | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

 

When Microsoft held its business soft-launch for Windows 7 and related enterprise products earlier this week, System Center got next-to-no love.

But that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening on Microsoft’s system-management front. In fact, in the past couple of weeks, the team has delivered relatively quietly more than a few new test builds of a variety of new wares in the works.

Even though Microsoft’s “The New Efficiency” launch focused primarily on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft officials increasingly are playing up the manageability of Microsoft and third-party software and services as one of the biggest diferentiators between Microsoft and competitors in the PC, phone and Web-centric productivity arenas.

Over the past couple of weeks, the System Center team has pushed out and/or mentioned a number of new test builds. Among them:

Microsoft System Center team primes the beta pump | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

Microsoft turning configuration management "on its side" – Network World

 

Microsoft is changing up the next version of its System Center Configuration Manager so instead of managing devices it will manage users and their activities across multiple devices.

"It will focus on… providing them an appropriate profile for information access based on the job function of the user together with the device they are using," says Bob Muglia, the head of Microsoft's server and tools division. While he did not name the version he was talking about, Microsoft is slated to ship the Windows Server-based Configuration Manager 2007 R3 late in the first three months of 2010.

Microsoft turning configuration management "on its side" – Network World

myITforum.com RSS Feeds Updated

There’s a lot of activity for myITforum.com in the background.  We’re making some long needed changes and as we are progressing, there will be minor adjustments to things that you’ll need to be aware of to continue to receive all of the great information that is developed and passed along from the site.

A couple of RSS Feeds have been updated on the site.  If you are currently grabbing a couple older feeds for Articles and Downloads, you’ll want to update your RSS Feed references with the following updates.

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New Downloads feed:  http://www.myitforum.com/absolutenm/rss.aspx?z=107

 

As always, you can find our RSS Feed links on the following reference page:

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MDT/OSD and ConfigMgr/SMS list separation

For the longest time, topics on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Operating System Deployment have been bundled into the ConfigMgr/SMS community email list.  Over time, the popularity of MDT/OSD have grown such that it is now time to separate the topics into two different email discussion lists.  We attempted to separate the lists a year or so ago, but the chatter back-and-forth didn’t warrant it at that time.

Today, we have separated the topics.  If you want to discuss MDT/OSD please sign up for the new list at the following link:

http://www.myitforum.com/lists/#MDT/OSD

Congrats to the MDT team at Microsoft for developing such a useful tool and working long hours to make MDT 2010 such a success and a must-have Microsoft technology.

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog : How to decommission a cluster monitored by System Center Operations Manager 2007

 

Below are the steps necessary to stop monitoring a cluster that will be decommissioned and is currently being monitored with System Center Operations Manager 2007.  If you do not follow this procedure, there is a risk that you may have orphaned virtual servers after the cluster is decommissioned.

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog : How to decommission a cluster monitored by System Center Operations Manager 2007

MDT 2010 New Feature #20: General Purpose ConfigMgr wizard

 

In MDT 2008, we provided unknown computer support for ConfigMgr 2007, since it didn’t provide that capability – you first had to import new computers into the ConfigMgr database before you could install an OS, so MDT helped automate that process.  When ConfigMgr 2007 R2 was released, it included unknown computer functionality, so we have now removed most of that from MDT 2010.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : MDT 2010 New Feature #20: General Purpose ConfigMgr wizard