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System Center Configuration Manager | Config Mgr 2007 Toolkit V2 is available for download!!!

2 comments avril 30th, 2010

Hi,

A great news, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 is available for download!!!

What’s SCCM Toolkit V2?

Brief Description
The Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 contains 11 downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Configuration Manager 2007.

What’s News:

Overview

The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.

  • Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.
  • Delete Group Class Tool – A tool used to remove inventory group definitions along with history data, tables, views and stored procedures for the group.
  • Desired Configuration Management Migration Tool – A tool used to migrate from the DCM Solution for SMS 2003 to DCM in ConfigMgr 2007.
  • Desired Configuration Management Model Verification Tool – A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for the validation and testing of configuration items and baselines authored externally from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Desired Configuration Management Substitution Variable Tool – A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for authoring desired configuration management configuration items that use chained setting and object discovery.
  • Management Point Troubleshooter Tool – A tool that checks a computer system before and after a management point installation to ensure that the installation meets the requirements for management points.
  • Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.
  • Preload Package Tool – A tool used to manually install compressed copies of package source files on Configuration Manager 2007 sites.
  • Security Configuration Wizard Template for Configuration Manager 2007 – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required. The Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Security Configuration Wizard template supports new site system definitions and enables the required services and ports.
  • Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a Client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.
  • Trace32 – A log viewer that provides a way to easily view and monitor log files created and updated by Configuration Manager 2007 clients and servers.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista; Windows XP Professional Edition
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1
OR
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2
Clic Here for download

How to install and configure System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 | Config Mgr!!! To see the change is here !!!

1 comment avril 27th, 2010

Hi,

It is with great pleasure that I will detail installation and configuration of SCCM R3 with the bonus of screenshots of new features.

Before , lol,  download the Config Mgr R3 Version HERE :-)

Personaly, ma configuration is:

  • Windows 2008 R2 for DC Server
  • Windows 2003 SP3 for the R3 config Mgr 2007 Server (attention you have install the eval version of SCCM/ConfigMgr :-)
  • Sources Updates SCCM2007-SP2-KB977384Beta-X86-ENU.msi (contain in R3 package)
  • ConfigMgr07R3Eval_BETA_ENU_6479.exe (contain in R3 package)

Quick reminder of the contents of the R3:

System Requirements

The Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Supported Configurations Help topic (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164940) contains information about hardware and software requirements and unsupported configurations and is available in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.

The following section provides changes to supported configurations introduced by Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta that are not in the Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Supported Configurations topic.

Changes to Supported Configurations

Note the following changes to supported configurations for Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta:

  • Supported installation paths: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta can be installed on the following versions of Configuration Manager 2007:
    • Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
    • Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 with Configuration Manager 2007 R2
  • Operating systems supported by Power Management: The following operating systems are supported by the power management feature in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta:
    Operating System Edition Service Pack System Architecture
    Windows XP Professional Edition SP2 or SP3 x86
    Windows XP for 64-bit Systems SP2 or SP3 x64
    Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition no service pack, SP1, or SP2 x86 or x64
    Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition

Let’s GO!!

1-Start the Install!!!! :-)

2-Start install of SCCM2007-SP2-KB977384Beta-X86-ENU.msi

3-Clic on Next

4-Accept the licence terms and clic Next

5-Clic on Install

6-You can see that all ConfigMgr services are stop for install the SCCM2007-SP2-KB977384Beta-X86-ENU.msi and four process msiexec start… :-)

7-Install SCCM2007-SP2-KB977384Beta-X86-ENU.msi Finish, cool! lol, clic on Finish

8-Start install of ConfigMgr07R3Eval_BETA_ENU_6479.exe

9-Mshta start …

10-Attention, close all mmc.exe process before install ConfigMgr07R3Eval_BETA_ENU_6479.exe

11-Accept the licence terms and clic Next

13-Clic Next

14-Clic Next

15-Install in progress…

16-YEAAHHHHH install is Finish, clic on…

17-For verify the R3 install, see the site properties in Config Mgr Console.

18-Cool, Here are the new dynamic collection (see the option in second and third copy screen = Dynamically add new ressources)

A-Dynamic Collection Evaluation. Allows you to more rapidly evaluate a collection membership by adding only newly discovered resources.

20-Dynamically add new ressources after clic on collection properties:

21-Tab Energy management

Power Management. Provides a set of tools to allow the site administrator to configure standard Windows power settings across computers

In my next post, in my next post I will detail the prestaged OS deployment …

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Known Issues with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta

This section provides the most up-to-date information about issues with Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta. These issues do not appear in the product documentation, and in some cases may contradict existing product documentation. Whenever possible, these issues will be addressed in later releases.

Configuration Manager Clients Do Not Enter Sleep Mode When a Power Plan is Applied

There are known issues that might prevent a Configuration Manager 2007 R3 client from going into sleep mode even when a power plan has been successfully applied on the client. For example, the following might prevent a client from entering sleep mode:

  • A process on the client computer is busy.
  • External USB devices are connected to the computer which prevents it from entering sleep mode.
  • Generic video drivers are installed on the computer.
  • The computer does not support sleep states, or the ability to sleep is not enabled in the computer BIOS.

Setting the Lid Close Action to Shut Down on Computers Running Windows XP is Not Supported

If you apply a power plan setting the Lid close action to shut down to computers running Windows XP, the computer will not shut down when the lid is closed. This is because Windows XP power management does not support the Lid close action.

Configuration Manager clients do not enter sleep mode when a power plan is applied.

WORKAROUND    None.

The Computer Does Not Wake Up if Wakeup Time is applied in a Power Plan

If WakeUp timers are disabled in the operating system, then power plans that set the Wakeup time value will not wake the computer from sleep.

WORKAROUND    Enable Wakeup timers in the client computer operating system. Use the Power Capabilities report to identify computers that have disabled Wakeup timers.

Wakeup Time Setting in the Power Plan Properties Dialog Box Does Not Wake Laptop Computers

The site administrator can set a wake up time for computers to resume from sleep mode and install critical updates. This setting does not wake laptop computers from sleep mode to avoid waking computers that might be running on battery power.

WORKAROUND    None.

You Cannot Enable Hibernate in a Power Plan When Hybrid Sleep is Enabled.

Hybrid sleep saves open programs to memory before placing the computer in a low power state. When hybrid sleep is enabled in a power plan, you cannot also select hibernate as part of the power plan.

Note
By default, hybrid sleep is disabled on laptop computers to avoid draining the battery.

WORKAROUND    None.

Bye bye

The bêta version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3 is available !

No comments avril 22nd, 2010

Hi,

A great news >>>> System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3 is available!!!!! on Connect!

What’s New in Configuration Manager 2007 R3:

The following features are new and apply only to Configuration Manager 2007 R3:

  • Power Management. Provides a set of tools to allow the site administrator to configure standard Windows power settings across computers
  • Operating System Deployment Enhancements. Prestaged Media is a way to integrate with OEM factory imaging in order to leverage imaging at the OEM to speed up new hardware deployments
  • Dynamic Collection Evaluation. Allows you to more rapidly evaluate a collection membership by adding only newly discovered resources.
  • Delta Discovery. Performs an intermediate discovery cycle adding only new resources to the Configuration Manager 2007 database.
  • Collections. Allows you to search for and add resources to the specified collection.
  • Desired Configuration Management. Allows you to easily create collection of compliant or noncompliant computers in desired configuration management.
  • Supported Clients Per Hierarchy: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 supports up to 300,000 clients per hierarchy when using the default settings for all Configuration Manager 2007 features. This increase in supported clients is the result of improvements to the Active Directory synchronization and Collection Evaluation processes.

About Dynamic Collection Evaluation in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Query-based collections in Configuration Manager 2007 are periodically evaluated, based on a schedule you specify to update their membership from the site database. Even if there are no changes in the collection being evaluated, the entire collection is still processed. The default period between collection evaluations is 1 day. You can decrease this period, but evaluating collections with many members might cause a high load on your site database.

Dynamic collection evaluation in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 allows you to evaluate only resources that have been newly added to a collection. Because this improves the speed at which you can evaluate collections and lessens the processing load on the site database, you can increase the frequency by which you evaluate collections and therefore keep the data shown in the administrator console more up to date.

Important: Dynamic collection evaluation does not replace the existing method of collection evaluation; it only evaluates newly added resources

The following resources can be evaluated by dynamic collection evaluation:

  • Resources that have been initially discovered.
  • Resources that have been provisioned with operating system deployment.
  • Resources that have been scanned for initial hardware inventory.
  • Resources that have been upgraded to a newer version of the Configuration Manager 2007 client.

About Delta Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Delta Discovery in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 enhances the discovery capabilities of the product by discovering only new or changed resources in Active Directory instead of performing a full discovery cycle. The interval by which delta discovery searches for new resources can be configured by the user to a short interval as discovering new resources only does not affect the performance of the site server as much as a full cycle. Delta discovery can detect the following new resource types:

  • Computer objects
  • User objects
  • Security group objects
  • System group objects

Important: Delta discovery is not a replacement for other Configuration Manager 2007 discovery methods. Because it only finds new or modified resources in Active Directory, it must be used in conjunction with a discovery method that performs a full synchronization with Active Directory

Note: Delta discovery only reads Active Directory attribute changes which are replicated. Non-replicated attributes which are changed such as the memberof attribute are not collected by delta discovery unless a change to a replicated attribute is made at the same time.  Delta discovery is not enabled by default in Configuration Manager 2007 R3. When enabled, it will run, by default every 5 minutes

About Prestaged Media in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Prestaged media for Configuration Manager 2007 R3 operating system deployment contains bootable media and image files that are copied to the hard drive of a computer. Prestaged media works in conjunction with your existing task sequences to provide a complete operating system deployment. The media can be accessed locally by a task sequence to install a new operating system instead of downloading them across the network. This allows operating system deployment where the computer cannot otherwise be provisioned completely. It can also reduce network traffic when deploying operating systems while still taking advantage of task sequences.

Prestaged media is generally copied to the hard drive of a new computer as a part of the computer manufacturing process or at an enterprise staging center before the computer is sent to the end user. The prestaged media consists of a .wim file that can be prestaged on a “bare metal” computer. When the computer boots for the first time after the prestaged media has been loaded, the computer will boot to WinPE and connect to the site management point to check for available task sequences.

When creating prestaged media, ensure the boot image you are using has the appropriate network and mass storage drivers need for the system to complete the provisioning process.

About Simplified Resource Management

Allows Administrators to search for and add resources to the specified collection using right click tool.

About Power Management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 power management feature provides a set of tools and resources that can help apply power settings to client computers in the enterprise and monitor the power usage of computers. Click the associated link in the following section for detailed information about planning, configuring, managing, monitoring and troubleshooting power management.

Overview of Power Management

Power Management in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 addresses the need that many organizations have to monitor and reduce the power consumption of their computers. The feature leverages the power management features built in to Windows to apply relevant and consistent settings to computers in the organization. Different power settings can be applied during and outside of working hours. For example, it might be acceptable to apply a more restrictive power plan during non-peak hours. In cases where computers must always remain switched on, you can prevent power management settings from being applied.

There are three major components to power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3:

1.       Monitoring and Planning: Power Management extends the hardware inventory of Configuration Manager 2007 to collect information about computer usage and power settings for computers in the site. A number of reports are provided to allow you to analyze this data and determine optimal power management settings for computers.

2.       Enforcement: Power management allows you to create power plans which can be applied to collections of computers in your site. These power plans configure Windows power management settings on computers. You can use the built in Windows power plans, Balanced, High Performance and Power Saver or you can configure your own custom power plans. Different power plans can be configured for peak and non-peak working hours.

3.       Compliance: After applying power plans to computers in your organization, you can run reports to validate that power settings were correctly applied and to calculate power savings across collections of computers.

About Reports for Power Management

Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 contains a number of reports to help you to analyze power consumption and computer power settings in your organization. These reports require SQL Reporting Services which was introduced in Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Power Management Plan Settings for Power Management

Power plans in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 contain Windows power management settings which can be configured and applied to collections of computers in your Configuration Manager 2007 R3 site.

Important: Depending on the version of Windows you are using, some settings might not be configurable on the destination client computer. For more information about the settings supported by your version of Windows, see your Windows documentation

Prerequisites for Power Management

Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 has both external dependencies and dependencies within the product.

Configuration Manager 2007 Dependencies

The following table describes the dependencies within Configuration Manager 2007 for using power management.

Dependency More Information
The site server must be running Configuration Manager 2007 R3. Power management requires Configuration Manager 2007 R3.
Client computers in your site must be running the Configuration Manager 2007 R3 client software. For information about upgrading the Configuration Manager 2007 client software, see Planning and Deploying Clients for Configuration Manager 2007.
The Configuration Manager 2007 hardware inventory client agent must be enabled for the site in which you are using power management. Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 uses information collected by hardware inventory. To use power management, you must first enable hardware inventory for the site.
The site must be enabled for power management. Before you can use power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3, you must enable the power management client agent.
SQL Reporting Services integration must be installed and configured. The provided reports for power management require SQL Reporting Services to run. SQL reporting services integration was introduced in Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and is also included with Configuration Manager 2007 R3. For information about installing and configuring SQL Reporting Services, see SQL Reporting Services in Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

Dependencies External to Configuration Manager 2007

The following table describes the dependencies within Configuration Manager 2007 for using power management.

Dependency More Information
The site must have access to an installation of Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Power management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 uses SQL Reporting Services to display reports. SQL reporting services must be installed and configured for Configuration Manager 2007 before you can display these reports. For more information, see SQL Reporting Services in Configuration Manager 2007 R2.

How to Enable or Disable the Power Management Client Agent

Enabling the power management client agent in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 makes it possible for client computers in this site to apply power management plans configured in the Configuration Manager console.

The power management client agent is not enabled by default when you install Configuration Manager 2007 R3.

Important: The power management feature in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 uses data from hardware inventory on client computers to work, therefore, enabling the power management client agent will also enable the hardware inventory client agent on computers in your site. If you disable the hardware inventory client agent for your site, the power management client agent will also be disabled.  Disabling the power management client agent prevents computers in your site from applying power plans created in the Configuration Manager console.

System Center Service Manager (SCSM) 2010 is available in RTM !

No comments avril 21st, 2010

Hi,

System Center Service Manager (SCSM) 2010 is available in RTM !

Overview

Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 is a flexible platform for automating and adapting IT Service Management best practices to your organization’s requirements. It provides built-in processes based on industry best practices for incident and problem resolution, change control, and compliance management. Through the power of its integrated platform, Service Manager automatically connects knowledge and information from System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, and Active Directory Domain Services.

Service Manager delivers IT services that are:

  • Integrated. Service Manager seamlessly integrates and unifies knowledge, process, and activities across the Microsoft platform.
  • Efficient and Responsive. Service Manager reduces support costs while improving responsiveness to end users and reducing the time to resolution in the datacenter.
  • Business Aligned. Service Manager optimizes resources to align to the business goals, support compliance, and quickly adapt to the ever-changing business requirements.

This software is intended for evaluation purposes only. You must accept the license terms before you are authorized to use the software. There is no product support for this trial software. You are welcome to participate in the forums to share your trial experiences with others and to ask for advice.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Windows PowerShell v1.0

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration, and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance is dependent upon not only the clock frequency of the processor, but the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Disk space requirements for the system partition are approximate.

For a complete listing of requirements for all components of Service Manager, please go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff460997.aspx.

For Download source it’s HERE

For download documentation it’s HERE

What’s New with Configuration Manager R3 and vNext >> A New Video!

No comments avril 21st, 2010

Hi,

A new video on the R3 version of SCCM and SCCM vNext news! Keynote Demos> MMS!

What’s ??

Jeff Wettlaufer was busy getting ready for keynote demos at MMS, but he took time to talk with me about some of the Configuration Manager announcements at MMS, as well as talk a little about the event.
There are two major Configuration Manager announcements at MMS. The first is the announcement of SCCM 2007 R3, which brings power management and desired state management to SCCM. The second is the announcement of System Center vNext, which allows  for user-centric software distribution, mobile device management and other, new features.

For see the vide, clic Here

http://edge.technet.com/Media/Whats-New-with-Configuration-Manager-R3-and-vNext/

Thanks a lot to Jeff Wettlaufer Technical Product Manager configuration Manager