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:

SqlMonitoring Tool


The SqlMonitoring tool makes it possible to monitor SQL 2000, 2005, 2008 environments and send alerts to a central database (SQL 2008). A client can be used to view the alerts en perform actions on them. This tool is a good alternative if you do not have the budget or infrastructure for tools like SCOM.

SqlMonitoring Tool – Home

Microsoft Press – Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Free E-Book Offer

Learn about major new features in SQL Server 2008 including security, administration, and performance.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008:
Chapter 1: Security and Administration
Chapter 2: Performance
Chapter 3: Type System
Chapter 4: Programmability
Chapter 5: Storage
Chapter 6: Enhancements for High Availability
Chapter 7: Business Intelligence Enhancements

Microsoft Press – Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Free E-Book Offer

Breaking down the SQL 2008 support for ConfigMgr 2007

Upgrading ConfigMgr 2007 RTM

Upgrading to SQL 2008 for ConfigMgr 2007 RTM version is now supported by Microsoft, but a clean installation is not.  BEFORE the upgrade you must first apply the following Hotfix:  955229

Installing or Upgrading ConfigMgr 2007 SP1

A clean installation (and upgrade) of SQL 2008 onto a ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 box is supported, BUT you must first apply the following Hotfix: 955262

SQL Server PowerShell Extensions

The primary goal of SQL Server PowerShell Extensions (SQLPSX) is to provide intuitive functions around the SMO objects which are backward compatible with SQL 2000. A secondary goal is to provide an application which reports flatten/effective security settings for logins, users, roles, and permissions.


Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running on a virtual machine in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment

Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Microsoft supports and provides technical help to customers who run SQL Server 2008 on a virtual machine in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment except for certain configurations that are documented in the Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2008 section of the SQL Server 2008 Online Book.


Microsoft SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 is not fully supported on a virtual machine in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment.


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Update: All Level 5 Guides Open for "Limited Event" – Wednesday August 13, 2008

Sent From: Brian S. Tucker
Subject: All Level 5 Guides Open for "Limited Event" – Wednesday August 13, 2008

After speaking to the other Level 5 Guide owners, they have all agreed to open their guides during the times I specified in my post yesterday. Our "Open House" day is to let you experience some of the content that we have available. I don't know of any other site that charges any fee and opens the doors to all the videos for even 5 minutes. I encourage as many people as possible to join our Open House and experience a portion of each of the guides. Search out the videos you are interested in now so you know which ones to focus on during the hours the Level 5 section will be open to all registered users. If you are not a registered user, please register clicking on this link to join. Please use your real email address as we sometimes send out important messages related to the site.

You will have the ability to view as many of the 82 Level 5 videos as you can during the Open House. Below are the following topics that you can choose from:

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Operations Manager (MVP)

Windows Server 2008

WSUS 3.0 SP1

SQL 2008 (MVP)

Word 2007 – Office Professional 2007

Note: We are always looking to hire independent contractors to make Level 5 videos! If you have a specialty we have not covered, please email me and we can discuss the requirements. By default, each guide owner gets 50% of each subscription…..

We are also pleased to announce that we have achieved another Microsoft Partner competency today for Security Solutions! We are moving at the speed of light and making our mark! Join the ride with us…..if only for a day on August 13th, 2008.