Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for November 2009

 

The Configuration Manager documentation library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680651.aspx) has been updated on the Web and the latest content on the Web has Updated: November 1, 2009 at the top of the topic.

This month's updates contain the latest supported configurations, as previously blogged here: Configuration Manager Support Announcements for November 2009.  It also has some updates to existing documentation.  The additional support statements include Windows Storage Server 2003 and Windows Storage Server 2008 for distribution points, and support for running desired configuration management on Server Core with .Net Framework 2.0 installed. 

In addition to our support statements for BranchCache and DirectAccess with Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, we've added links to the official Windows Server documentation for these cross-technology dependencies:

We do value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible.  Although we can't promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement.  So, keep that feedback coming, and feel free to contact us about anything related to the documentation by using our usual address of SMSDocs@Microsoft.com

What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for November 2009

The following information lists the topics that contain significant changes since the August 2009 update.

Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Supported Configurations

– Updated to include the latest support statements.

Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Supported Configurations

– Updated to include the latest support statements.

Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Supported Configurations

– Updated to include the latest support statements.

Prerequisites for Out of Band Management

– Updated with the latest WinRM support version information.

Configuration Manager Site to Site Communications

– Updated to remove the following requirement:  "The Domain Admins group from the trusted Domain are added to the local administrators group on the Configuration Manager 2007 primary site servers spanning the trust." Customers brought to our attention that this requirement was not necessary.  We asked the product group to retest, and they confirmed that this requirement was not needed when there is a forest trust.

Predefined Maintenance Tasks

– Updated with missing information about the new tasks:

  • Delete Aged Delete Detection Data
  • Evaluate Provisioned AMT Computer Certificates
  • Reset AMT Computer Passwords

This information has also been added to Predefined Maintenance Task Planning.

How to Configure Hardlinks for User State Migration

– Updated to correct the procedure title.

Glossary term for fallback status point

– Modified to indicate that the fallback status point is not just for error conditions but is also useful in tracking successful client deployments.

How to Configure Network Discovery

– Corrected our favorite typo of the month – replacing "typology" with "topography".

The Configuration Manager Writing Team

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for November 2009

Energy Cost will drive IT Energy Efficiency – 1E Blog

 

I saw a great quote this morning, from John Stanley of the Uptime Institute. ”Dirty electricity is already expensive, it only looks cheap.” He was referring to energy that comes from coal, which looks like becoming even more expensive given the Cap and Trade legislation that's in the pipeline. All across the world, governments are boosting their efforts to increase output from renewable sources, and as the costs come down for renewables, governments are looking to make  so called 'dirty energy' more expensive as part of their drive to lower carbon emissions.

This is already having an effect in the IT sector, specifically in the data center world.

Energy Cost will drive IT Energy Efficiency – 1E Blog

The Official MDOP Blog : MDOP 2009 R2 for Windows 7 is now available!

 

Just in time for Windows 7, today we are announcing the availability of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2! If you are an MDOP customer, you can download MDOP 2009 R2 through Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS).  For others who wish to evaluate MDOP products, the MDOP software is available at MSDN and TechNet (in accordance with your MSDN or TechNet agreements, except for AIS).

We're seeing great adoption of MDOP products world-wide, so today I thought I'd share what we're hearing from some of our customers and partners. We also have MED-V and AIS updates at the end – so read all the way through!

With Windows 7 right around the corner, you might ask why should I be thinking about MDOP?

The Official MDOP Blog : MDOP 2009 R2 for Windows 7 is now available!

Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings : New version of the MDT Wizard Editor is available

 

For those of you who customize the MDT wizards, you may want to check out the new version of the MDT Wizard Editor at http://mdtwizardeditor.codeplex.com.  The latest version 2.0, uploaded today, includes a few fixes (e.g. properly encoding XML file entries in CDATA sections), adds support for MDT 2010, and includes a few new features.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : New version of the MDT Wizard Editor is available

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

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