System Center Pricing and Licensing Update – January 2010 Live Meeting on January 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


Understand the key System Center pricing and licensing changes and how to use them in your conversations with customers to sell today. This session will bring together all of the recent changes we’ve communicated and help you position this news in your accounts. We’ll cover System Center changes in the ECAL, the new Client Management Suite, SMSE & SMSD changes, and upcoming product launches including Service Manager. We’ll also provide a quick recap of the System Center licensing model along with resources for the field to assist you with your customers’ pricing and licensing.

Click here to register for the session

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Microsoft Canada Technology Partner Training : System Center Pricing and Licensing Update – January 2010 Live Meeting on January 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : How It Works: Automatic Client Approval in Configuration Manager 2007


This post is intended to explain how client approval works when a Mixed Mode Configuration Manager 2007 site is configured to automatically approve clients in trusted domains and to offer insight into how to troubleshoot scenarios where this is not working as expected.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : How It Works: Automatic Client Approval in Configuration Manager 2007

SC Config Mgr 2007 SP2 International Client Pack released


International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international-language clients to use with System Center Configuration Manager (SC Config Mgr) 2007 SP2. ICP downloads contain only the Config Mgr client files, not the English-language SC Config Mgr 2007 S2, which is required.
ICP1 contains the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

ICP2 contains all languages from ICP1 plus the following:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

Download details: SC Config Mgr 2007 SP2 ICP1 and ICP2

Extra! New SCCM class in February.

A few seats left for our 3 day lab in February in Atlanta!

This 3 day lab is developed and presented by Kent Agerlund; a SCCM geek who has been working with the product since 1996 (then SMS) and as an instructor and certified trainer since 1992. Kent is taking you thru a dazzling journey of the ins and outs of SCCM 2007 SP2.

The course will take you through the installation and configuration of the main features in ConfigMgr. based on Windows 2008 and Windows 7. After the course you will have a solid understanding off the product and be able to use these features:

·        Inventory Management

·        Asset Intelligence

·        Software distribution

·        Software updates

·        Desired configuration management

·        Image deployment

The Insider’s Guide to Troubleshooting Client Content Download in Configuration Manager 2007


This blog post offers a troubleshooting guide for customers to diagnose some of the frequently encountered issues relating to client content download problems.  It outlines the scenario, then takes you through how to track the various processes involved from when the client downloads policy to when the client installs the software.

  • Step 1: Tracking the Advertisement on the Client

  • Step 2: Tracking the Content Location Request on the Client
  • Step 3: Tracking the Content Location Response on the Management Point
  • Step 4: Identifying the Client Boundary and How this Affects Content Location and Download
  • Step 5: Tracking the Content Download
  • Step 6: Troubleshooting BITS

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Insider's Guide to Troubleshooting Client Content Download in Configuration Manager 2007

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Expired GoDaddy vPro Provisioning Certificate in a SCCM Environment


So what happens when your Remote Provisioning Certificate used to provision vPro systems expires? In this article, I discuss the behaviors you will see in Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the process necessary to renew your certificate from GoDaddy to get your Site server provisioning again.

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Expired GoDaddy vPro Provisioning Certificate in a SCCM Environment

Three new ConfigMgr 2007 MSKB articles published last week

If you are having any of these issues with ConfigMgr 2007, click the link to find out more.

KB977056 – The memory allocation for the Wmiprvse.exe process keeps increasing when you update the membership rules of a collection frequently on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

KB978902 – Error message when you try to use a push operation to install System Center Configuration Manager 2007: "Error 5: Access is denied"

KB977057 – A properties setting of a deployment management object is unexpectedly changed on a computer that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : SMS 2003 Transitions to Extended Support


This week SMS 2003 moves out of mainstream support, and enters what isimage called Extended Support.  This is a natural transition for every Microsoft product.  Information about the SMS 2003 product lifecycle can be found here

SMS 2003 has been an incredibly popular product, and has been considered the most widely deployed management tool in the world.  Many customers who at some time were running a version of SMS have since migrated to Configuration Manager 2007, but we recognize this is not the case for everyone.

The industry has moved at a pace unparalleled by most.  Technology has accelerated in capability, adoption, depth, breadth, and complexity.  From a management perspective, the landscape configuration management technology embraces has grown from basic inventory and software distribution to new areas like OS deployment, Virtualization, Asset/ Performance and Workflow management, data protection, NAP and model based configuration management.  In addition to capabilities, new working styles, scenarios, users (Gen ‘Y’) and security models have become daily routine for Administrators. 

The management landscape has changed, there is no debating it.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is in the 4th release since SMS 2003.  With a 5th (R3) entering beta soon, and with the mainstream support cycle ending for SMS 2003, we wanted to collect as much assistance as possible in 1 place for our customers who may be considering a migration to our current platform.

Today we are excited to launch a new collection of web resources for you.  A URL many SMS Admins know, has been redesigned after months of collaboration to now provide you with rich content in a few categories:

  • Overview – Here you will find collateral about ConfigMgr, why upgrade content, and overview material
  • Multimedia – This section organizes for you all known webcasts, videos and podcasts about planning, deployment, migration and more
  • Community – This area is a highlight list of our friends and partners in the industry.  Blogs, Forums and Related Communities that will help you get additional perspective and discussions
  • Training – 26 Online labs are here for you, on demand, free of charge. 
  • Technical Documentation – This area contains all of the online technical documentation for planning, deployment, migration and upgrading from SMS 2003 to Configuration Manager 2007
  • Trial Software – This section provides you with access to the current product lineup in evaluation format, Virtual machines or trial install software, whatever your preference, they are all available

We hope you find value in the site, and the content is helpful in your efforts to embrace System Center Configuration Manager 2007.  If you have any feedback we would love to hear from you.

Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : SMS 2003 Transitions to Extended Support

Understanding Today’s News from Microsoft and HP


By now, you have likely seen the news that Microsoft and HP are expanding their 25 year partnership. Over the next three years, the companies will invest $250 million to help customers and partners substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing today’s IT environments, and building next generation cloud applications.

Customers will see this investment spent in three key efforts:

· Joint engineering roadmap and set of technology offerings.

· Joint sales and marketing to help educate customers and arm the channel.

· Joint professional services to aid customers in getting the most out of their investments.

As part of its joint engineering roadmap and joint offerings, Microsoft and HP will collaborate on: 

1. Virtualization:

· Microsoft is now a preferred provider of virtualization solutions for HP, which will make it easier for a broader set of customers to deploy virtualization solutions that can improve server utilization by as much as 10x and reduce provisioning ties from months to minutes. 

· Microsoft and HP will deliver ‘Smart Bundles’ for small and medium businesses. These are a combination of hardware and software, including HP server, storage and networking solutions, coupled with Windows Server Hyper-V and HP Insight software, delivered in a single, cost-effective package. 

2. Management:

· HP now has the rights to resell and ship System Center as part of HP’s solutions.  This solution will be tuned, integrated and ready for customers.

· And coming soon, HP’s Insight Software and Business Technology Optimization solutions will begin to integrate and interoperate with Microsoft’s System Center suite of products.  This means that customers with heterogeneous computing environments will be able to more easily and more cost-effectively manage hardware and software from Microsoft and non-Microsoft operating systems and applications. 

3. Business Applications :

· The companies will deliver a set of pre-packaged and pre-configured data management and email solutions (‘machines’) that will deliver data warehousing, business intelligence, online transaction processing (OLTP) and messaging solutions.

4. The Cloud:

· HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP offering services, and Microsoft continuing to include HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure. 

Microsoft and HP detailed plans to increase opportunities for its 32,000 HP and Microsoft Frontline channel partners through extensive joint sales and marketing programs.  

These plans include a 10x increase of investment by both companies to help partners modernize their customers’ environments through a combination of software and hardware packages and services.  Just a few of the benefits partners will receive include:

· Simplified sales cycles resulting from Smart Bundles and all-inclusive packages will increase time-to-revenue and create add-on application and service sales opportunities.

· Flexible financing options through HP Financial Services, will enable resellers to make technology solutions more accessible and easy to acquire.

· Support from dedicated field resources will help with pre-sales initiatives and partner training.

· Jointly funded worldwide marketing campaigns, lead generation programs and sales tools, available at

Finally, Microsoft and HP detailed plans to provide an integrated portfolio of joint professional services. Through more than 11,000 Microsoft-certified HP professionals worldwide, HP Services organizations, in partnership with Microsoft Services, will support the integrated hardware and software solutions from simple implementations to the most critical enterprise infrastructure. Just some of the service offerings include:

· Strategy workshops, ROI and business value services.

· Architecture, design, pilot, global implementation, support for server virtualization and management solutions, client virtualization, data management, and cloud computing.

· Per-seat fixed price Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade/migration services.

· Assistance for customers who seek to run their technology on-premises, outsourced or via the cloud.

To sum it up, this agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end integrated technology stack across hardware and software — from infrastructure to application. Through this long term partnership, Microsoft and HP are helping customers reduce costs and get the most of their investments today, as they prepare for a future of business computing in the cloud.

Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog : Understanding Today’s News from Microsoft and HP

News and Perspectives from Microsoft : HP, Microsoft and the Future of IT


Posted by Brad Anderson
Corporate Vice President, Management And Services Division

Today Microsoft and HP announced some great news for customers and partners of our infrastructure software and server applications: a $250 million engineering, sales and services partnership to advance cloud computing and help customers better use IT for business success. You can read the press release and watch videos of executives commenting on the agreement here.

This is a broad, far-reaching agreement with a range of components, building on our 25-year partnership with HP and ongoing efforts to deliver what we call Dynamic IT. As one of the main architects of the agreement, I wanted to provide some insights about what it means for customers and partners.

This is clearly a big commitment on our part. Overall, our intent is to deliver no less than a next-generation computing platform. The goal is to lead the adoption of cloud computing while helping companies realize immediate business benefits through IT. With this partnership the two companies are working toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture and IT operations.

Together HP and Microsoft will deliver a deeply integrated IT stack for business applications. We are driving architectural innovation that connects IT infrastructure to applications for better performance, reliability and availability of the industry’s top business applications with push-button simplicity – all at a lower cost of ownership than ever before.

For example, pre-integrated hardware, software and application solutions, based on HP Converged Infrastructure and optimized for Microsoft Exchange 2010, will help customers boost employee productivity and protect sensitive information at a lower cost per mailbox.

Key to this deal is integrating virtualization and systems management across heterogeneous datacenter and cloud environments. Seamless management for both physical and virtualized systems will provide automatic provisioning, power management and self-tuning, which together will help customers streamline the deployment of new business capabilities across their companies.

For example, we’re integrating HP’s Insight Software and Business Technology Optimization software portfolio with Microsoft’s System Center suite. That will enable customers to uniformly manage virtualized IT services in mixed datacenter environments, which will dramatically simplify management for administrators and increases their contribution to the business.

We’re excited about our joint engineering roadmap and commitment to innovation for both today and the future. I feel strongly that this partnership will give customers the confidence to deploy new business solutions using IT they already have in place, and take advantage of the new world of private and public cloud resources. Case in point: HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP offering services and Microsoft continuing to invest in HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure.

The partnership also entails big investments in HP Technology Services and Microsoft Services to provide design, implementation and support for our joint technologies. And we are increasing our joint investment in our HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partner network by 10 times, empowering partners to help customers implement and manage the solutions.

This is a big day for Microsoft and HP. More importantly, it represents the beginning of a new period of opportunity and possibilities for customers and partners worldwide.

The Microsoft Blog – News and Perspectives from Microsoft : HP, Microsoft and the Future of IT