Microsoft has released a VHD downloadable version of System Center Essentials 2007 that will allow you to evaluate the product in a sandbox environment. This is particularly useful if you cannot install the application in a live production environment and you want to be able to explore the features of the application. System Center Essentials 2007 is a new management solution specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses who often face IT challenges similar to those of larger enterprises—troubleshooting user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems. SCE 2007 VHD Downloadhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=27342759-e9d6-4073-918c-e9dff77d0206&DisplayLang=en Related…

Still unconfirmed rumors, but my sources inside Microsoft has told me that the RTM version is delayed to November 2007.The official RTM date is still Q3 2007. When I have more documented information I’ll update this post. Update #1 (17-08-2007):SCCM will be released Nov 1th. and the World Wilde launch will be announced at IT Forum in Barcelona Nov 11th.But the RTM version might be avalible for TAP, Early Adapters and on MSDN earlier.   Update #2 (19-08-2007)There’s no such delay for "RTM" — Release To Manufacturing.  But "General Availability" will be later than RTM, and that may be the cause of…

There are a couple of new virtual labs up for us play with!!! TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft SoftGrid Virtual Application Advanced Sequencing In this lab, you will walk-through performing a Virtual File System (VFS) installation of an application as well as a sequencing of a web-based plug-in. Before working on this lab, you should be familiar with the basic concepts of the SoftGrid environment. NoteBy registering for this Virtual Lab – you will receive a one-time follow up call from a Microsoft representative to inform you of special discounts and offers related to products and services presented in the Virtual Lab.

Just a place-holder, but you can now sign-up to receive notifications about MMS 2008 through email, remember the date easily, and watch as the web site evolves. The URL is a little different this year.  There’s a dash in the URL… http://www.mms-2008.com/

Active Directory Explorer (AD Explorer) is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object’s schema, and execute sophisticated searches that you can save and re-execute. AD Explorer also includes the ability to save snapshots of an AD database for off-line viewing and comparisons. When you load a saved snapshot, you can navigate and explorer it as you would a live database. If you have two snapshots of an AD database…

Configuration Manager 2007 RC1 (Build 5831) is now available for download! Download:https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/Downloads.aspx?SiteID=16 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is now supported for site server and site system roles, and is correctly detected as part of setup prerequisite checking. SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is now required for the SQL database server role. Windows Server Update Services 3.0 RTM is now required for the Software Update Point site system role. More info when I have complete the download and started the test of his new build.

This week Microsoft released the latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) on http://licensing.microsoft.com, including the SoftGrid 4.2 Client and Sequencer which add Vista compatibility. The CD image also contains the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit, Asset Inventory Service, Advanced Group Policy Management and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring.  For more information on these other products see this MDOP overview page. The SoftGrid versions in the MDOP package include: The SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS) version 4.1.1.302 The SoftGrid Client version 4.2.0.302 The SoftGrid Sequencer version 4.2.0.303 Note that there is no 4.2 version of the SoftGrid Virtual…

The Windows BitLocker Design and Deployment guides describe the various aspects of planning for deploying Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption for Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate computers in an enterprise environment. The document is organized in two guides, and you should carefully consider each guide before you deploy BitLocker Drive Encryption.Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Design GuideThis guide provides a systematic approach when planning for BitLocker deployment and highlights the main decision points. This guide is intended for use by an infrastructure specialist or system architect. It assumes that you have a good understanding of how BitLocker and TPM work…

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