Event ID: 1032369053 Language(s): English.Product(s): System Center.Audience(s): IT Professionals.Duration: 90 MinutesStart Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Event OverviewMicrosoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 shipped recently, but we are not done yet! This year, we will also release a service pack and an R2. In this session, we cover the changes we are making in the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) timeframe, in addition to the following System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 release. We briefly introduce System Center Configuration Manager, but our focus is on the new elements to…

What’s New in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 introduces a new feature for out of band management. Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 provides significant enhancements to the Asset Intelligence feature introduced in Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and included in Configuration Manager 2007. The length of the evaluation period has changed in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 to be more consistent with other Microsoft products. In Configuration Manager 2007, the evaluation period is 120 days. In Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, the evaluation period is 180 days. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Connector and the System Center…

With Windows Server 2008, the installation process for servers has substantially changed for the first time since Windows NT 4.0. Since the underlying technologies for deploying Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista are now the same, wouldn’t it be great if you could use the same tools and leverage the same knowledge to deploy both? System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment now provide that integrated toolset. In this paper, learn how to use System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment to automate the deployment of Windows Server 2008 – through native integration with these new deployment processes and tools.…

Microsoft has released a number of whitepapers on Windows Server 2008 clustering: Microsoft High Availability Strategy White Paper Overview of Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Quick Migration with Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Architecture Overview WS2008 Failover Clustering Datasheet WS2008 Multi Site Clustering Download

Microsoft has now opend for registrations to TechEd 2008 in Orlando. This year the event is split in a TechEd Developer and a TechEd IT Pro event, like it has been in Europe (Barcelona) for some time. The Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 IT Professionals Conference is June 10-13, 2008, with Pre-conference seminar on June 9th.Register by Friday, April 4, 2008, to receive the discounted rate of just $1,795—that’s $200 off the regular rate of $1,995.Registrer at msteched.com. Hope to see you there…

Just a quick heads up on a new KB article (946202) that we recently published.  If you use WSUS to manages updates in your organization then depending on how you have it configured, you may need to take some action to ensure you end up with the version of Internet Explorer you really want: ====== Overview On February 12, 2008 Microsoft will release the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability update to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) marked as an Update Rollup package. Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update is a complete installation package that will upgrade…

Remember back in the SMS 2003 days we had nice tools that enabled right-click on computers/collections to ping/force policy refresh etc. You will find that now extending the SCCM console is easier. It all comes down to an XML file placed in a proper folder. We can soon expect many extensions (also those from SMS) to be ported to SCCM console. As an example a ping extension for computers from SCCM console. Create a file called e.g. PingWorkstation.xml: <ActionDescription Class="Group" DisplayName="SMS Tools" MnemonicDisplayName="SMS Tools" Description="SMS tools for agent" SqmDataPoint="53"><ActionGroups><ActionDescription Class="Executable" DisplayName="Ping Workstation" MnemonicDisplayName="Ping Workstation" Description="Will ping a workstation"><Executable><FilePath>cmd.exe</FilePath><Parameters> /k Ping…

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=944542The "wake on LAN" feature does not work as expected if a site server uses a non-daylight saving time zone in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 12/18/2007 Sys Center Config Manager 2007 AL EN-US http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=945211You cannot install the client software for the System Center Online Asset Inventory Service 12/13/2007 Asset Inventory Services EN EN-US http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=945213Error message when the System Center Online Asset inventory is not being processed: "HRESULT 0x80092004" 12/13/2007 Asset Inventory Services EN EN-US http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=945898The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Offer Status Summarizer does not process advertisement status summary data 12/8/2007 Sys Center Config Manager 2007 AL EN-US http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=945536Client…

As scheduled I passed the "TS: Upgrading your MCSE from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008" test Today (exam number 70-649). The test is 55 questions with a passing score on 700 out of 1000. My score was 1000 :-D. This upgrade test gives me the following Windows Server 2008 exams: 70-640 TS: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 70-642 TS: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure. 70-643 TS: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications. I have to say that the questions are very easy when you consider its a upgrade test. Lots of the questions could be part of…

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