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The festive season is around the corner and soon you will be getting ready for 2008.  Be sure to secure the dates for next year’s TechEd EMEA events in your new diaries:   TechEd Developers: 03-07 November 2008 TechEd IT Forum:    10-14 November 2008 TechEd- ITForum Tags: TechEd- ITForum ,TechEd- ITForum

The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December of 2007. You can get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1. Service Pack 1 will install even if a publicly available update has already been installed on your computer. SP1 also includes stability improvements developed…

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) site servers installed prior to December 1, 2007 will fail to process advertisement status summary data, also referred to as offer status summary data. Status (.SVF) files will being to accumulate under the inboxesoffersum.box folder on the site server. By default in a new installation this path will be Program FilesMicrosoft Configuration ManagerinboxesOfferSum.Box. For Site Servers upgraded from SMS 2003, the path will likely be SMSInboxesoffersum.box. Site servers installed after December 1 may not process any status messages, as the offersum.box folder does not get created, which blocks the status message system. This occurs…

Attached is a set of Visio stencils that Cameron Fuller put together based upon both the original SMS 2003 stencils and using the new OpsMgr look and feel. The following exist within the stencils: Primary Site Server Secondary Site Server SQL Server Configuration Manager Database Management Point Software Update Point Device Management Point Server Locator Point State Migration Point Software Update Point Reporting Point Protected Distribution Point Branch Distribution Point Distribution Point System Health Validation Point Proxy Management Point PXE Service Point An example of these stencils in use is shown here: The Config Manager stencil is available for download…

Active Directory Certificate Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48545 Active Directory Domain Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48547 Active Directory Federation Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48542 Active Directory Rights Management Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48554 Application Serverhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48544 Availability and Scalabilityhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90922 DNS Serverhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48548 File Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48550 Group Policyhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90923 Network Policy and Access Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48552 Performance and Reliabilityhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90924 Print Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48553 Security and Protectionhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90925 Server Managerhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48541 Streaming Media Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48551 Terminal Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=48555 Web Serverhttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48558 Windows Deployment Serviceshttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48559

The intent of this whitepaper is to provide a framework for the evaluation of System Center Configuration Manager 2007. System Center Configuration Manager—previously known as Systems Management Server—represents a tremendous advancement over its well-regarded predecessor, now providing the control necessary to more effectively manage change in today’s dynamic IT infrastructures. Manage the full deployment and update lifecycle with streamlined, policy-based automation; with enhanced insight into, and control over, assets and systems compliance; and with optimization for Windows—particularly Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista—and extensibility to customized administration experiences and third-party applications. This whitepaper isn’t published yet on Microsoft Download, but…

Tune into this session to hear Jeff Wettlaufer and Michael Kelley discuss deployment of System Center Configuration Manager 2007. With over 45,000 customers currently using Systems Management Server 2003, the goal of this session is to help existing customers move to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 successfully. Included is an overview SCCM 2007 server roles, security modes and an introduction to managing Internet Based Clients with a focus on the core areas of setup and deployment. Participants:Jeff Wettlaufer and Michael Kelley Link: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/tnradio/archive/nov132007.mspx

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