System Center Essentials

Interesting Analysis on Patching and Attacks

October 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Microsoft produces a document called the Security Intelligence Report on a regular basis.  Some of it hit the news today so I decided to take a peek.  The report doesn’t restrict itself to exploits of Microsoft products and is based on data that they gather from a number of sources. [...]

Great Big Hyper-V Survey 2011 Is Now Closed

September 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

I closed the Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2011 this morning at 10:05 (Dublin time, 11:05 CET, 5:05 EST).  Thank you to all who completed the survey.  Myself, Damian Flynn (another Hyper-V MVP), and Hans Vredevoort (Failover Clustering MVP) will be sharing the results on this Wednesday (7th [...]

Cannot Install Office 2010 to Windows 7 Using SCE 2010

September 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

Microsoft released KB2607070 to resolve a software deployment issue with SCE 2010 managed Windows 7 SP1 PCs.  I first noticed this with Office 2010, and it appears to have affected the distribution of other software packages. An update has been released to resolve issues where System Center [...]

Veeam ESX Monitoring for SCOM

June 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

At yesterday’s VMware event, I wandered over to the Veeam stand to get myself a demo of their nworks Management Pack for VMware.  This allows OpsMgr (System Center Operations Manager 2007) to natively monitor ESX(i) without installing an agent on the host, with or without vSphere.  They [...]

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Resource Kit

June 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

OK, it’s only 2 years too late and OpsMgr 2012 is around the corner, but it’s out and let’s just enjoy that.  Microsoft has just released a resource kit including tools for OpsMgr 2007 R2.  Best of all, it includes the ability to schedule maintenance mode for a group!  [...]

System Center Update Catalogs for Third Party Products

June 2, 2011 // 2 Comments

Ever notice how many problems are caused by drivers or firmware?  Ever notice how often Adobe releases a new version of Reader or Flash to solve a security issue, and how many legacy versions are running on your network – thus making your Windows Updates process pretty irrelevant?  Ever [...]
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