New RSS feed for just Community Articles

As we continue to migrate to the new, ground-breaking WYSIWYG article system, we’ve added a new RSS feed just for the new article formats, so you can stay on top of the latest and greatest articles. columnists are experts in their areas.  We have over 200 columnists producing some serious content continually – all original material instead of centralized links to information on other web sites.  The articles comprise the knowledge and expertise of people just like you who simply want to share solutions to common and uncommon problems in every area of systems management.  This is just one more reason why has been so successful for the last 10 years as the only resource for System Center and Systems Management support. is powered by you! – not just a couple people.  It takes everyone’s involvement to support the ever-growing list of management applications.

As we progress with the new article system, look for new RSS feeds where you can grab content by keyword or even specific areas for all products under the System Center umbrella.  And, it really doesn’t stop there. columnists write about things that affect your daily professional lives in areas of security, scripting, database administration, Active Directory/GPO, Exchange, etc., etc. – because systems management should not stop with System Center.  Just because it doesn’t fall under the System Center umbrella at Microsoft doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be managed.


Here’s the new catch-all RSS feed for all submitted articles:

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:

Adaptiva Client Health for ConfigMgr/SMS: Beta Test Invitation

Extensible health check and remediation framework that will help ensure 100% success of your computer management services


AdaptivaTM, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is inviting participation in the beta test for its Configuration Manager 2007 and SMS 2003 client health product.

 Adaptiva Client HealthTM performs scheduled and instant health checks, on either a PC or on collections, helping you to maximize the success of your computer management services. Proactively identify issues, remedy them and view detailed reports. Extend health checks and remediation mechanisms to ensure an available and updated desktop environment.

Key Features and Benefits:

·         Independent Monitoring Framework: No use of ConfigMgr/SMS client side infrastructure as the purpose is to detect defective client side infrastructure.

·          Tests End-to-End Functionality: Test end-to-end functionality rather than construe the lack of known errors to imply health. E.g. A hardware inventory ping proves that hardware inventory is sent from the client and received at the server.

·         Extensible and Exportable: Extend the client health framework as per your needs. Custom scripts are treated as in-built ones. Scripts can be exported and shared.

·         26 scheduled or instant health checks with auto remediation:

o   ConfigMgr/SMS agent checks

o   Operating system checks: WMI, BITS, WSUS

o   System performance checks

o   Security checks

·         Health check failure based collections, machines removed on successful remediation

·         Integrated wake-on-LAN

·         Detailed reports: Per PC and collection,  per health check, instant health check success, remediation success


Sign up now: Client Health Beta Test


About Adaptiva

Adaptiva, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, extends Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager and Systems Management Server to provide PC power and configuration management solutions. Our solutions help organizations reduce the impact of desktop computing on the environment, improve manageability of distributed Windows environments and increase end-user productivity. Adaptiva is trusted by over 80 customers in 11 countries. Learn more at