System Center Essentials Team Blog

News and support on Microsoft SCE

Deploying KB2607070 on Win7 SP1 SCE managed clients

An update has been released to resolve issues where System Center Essentials updating Windows 7 SP1-...

Author: Mangesh Sonar [MSFT] Date: 09/12/2011

As many of you probably already know, for a long time the Script Repository (a special-purpose...

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 08/18/2011

The System Center Blog Aggregator app is now available on Android

A few weeks back I announced the System Center Blog Aggregator app for Windows Phone 7 and today I...

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 05/10/2011

Free 3 day Office 365 Jump Start Training Event

I know this isn’t System Center Essentials specific but I thought you might want to know about a...

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 05/03/2011

A quick note on SCE 2010 support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE 2010) is certified to work with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1....

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 04/18/2011

SCE Quick Fix: Designating a host that is in workgroup fails with error 2912 in System Center Essentials

This is a repost of an article written by Milan Jajal that I put over on the Configuration Manager...

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 03/01/2011

SCE 2007 Quick Fix: The admin console crashes when selecting a computer in the computers list

I ran into an interesting issue the other day and thought I would post it here in case anyone else...

Author: J.C. Hornbeck Date: 02/28/2011

How to install SCE 2007 SP1 which is blocked with expired WSUS 3.0 SP1 warning

The installation of SCE 2007 SP1 blocks with a warning “WSUS Valid Date”. This happens...

Author: Mangesh Sonar [MSFT] Date: 02/02/2011

How to use the Fix Computer Group tool to rebuild computer groups deleted from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

When a computer group is created in Essentials 2010 using Create a Computer Group in the Computers...

Author: M. Umair Aftab Date: 08/31/2010

How to use the Maintenance Mode Tool to schedule weekly maintenance modes for computer groups

When a monitored object, such as a computer or distributed application, is taken offline for...

Author: GPAM Date: 08/23/2010

Resource Kit tool to view Essentials Setup log files

During Essentials installation, Setup creates a number of log files in the %localAppData%\SCE\Logs...

Author: Aaron Gaskill Date: 08/13/2010

How to update Essentials certificates

Essentials 2010 uses a certificate for signing locally published content. The released version of...

Author: GPAM Date: 08/05/2010

How do I move from SCE2007 on x86 to SCE2010 on x64

  With the release of System Center Essentials 2010 and the general excitement around some of...

Author: Aaron Gaskill Date: 08/02/2010

Introduction to Virtualization in System Center Essentials 2010

So, you got your copy of System Center Essentials 2010 installed, you’ve run through your initial...

Author: Eugene Polonsky Date: 05/28/2010

Updates Management Maintenance in Essentials 2010

Update Management Maintenance is a new feature in System Center Essentials 2010. Together with...

Author: ravichin Date: 05/13/2010

Creating a Dynamic Group Based on Installed Software

At the Dynamics Convergence 2010 conference I mentioned to several people that it is possible to...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 05/11/2010

Overwhelmed by Alerts?

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by and asked us questions at the Microsoft Management Summit...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 04/30/2010

SC Essentials 2010 is Released to Manufacturing

YES! It is finally here! We are very excited to announce the RTM of SCE 2010. You can read the...

Author: Jason Buffington Date: 04/19/2010

How does Essentials 2010 stack up compared to other System Center products?

Check out Willemjan van Laarhoven's blog article comparing System Center Essentials 2010 with other...

Author: dustinj Date: 03/31/2010

Troubleshooting ‘Unknown’ software and update status, ‘Not yet contacted’ and lack of hardware and software inventory

Sorry about the long title, but I wanted to help you find this article if you’re searching for...

Author: dustinj Date: 03/29/2010

Which management packs should I be using to monitor my computers and applications?

If you've used Essentials 2007, you noticed that it monitored Windows, Exchange, SQL and Active...

Author: dustinj Date: 03/18/2010

Automatic Selection of Product Categories in System Center Essentials 2010

How to enable Auto-select for Microsoft Update (MU) subscriptions in System Center Essentials 2010...

Author: Anshu Agrawal Date: 03/18/2010

Essentials 2010 – UI Tips and Tricks

Thank you to everyone who has been using the Essentials 2010 Beta and RC. Many of you may have...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 03/09/2010

ZD Net UK review of System Center Essentials 2010

The nice folks at ZD Net in the UK just posted their review of SCE 2010, based on the Release...

Author: Jason Buffington Date: 03/04/2010

Essentials 2010 – Improving Default Monitoring

The monitoring capability within Essentials comes from Management Packs, and the majority Management...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 02/24/2010

Using BranchCache with System Center Essentials

Configure System Center Essentials to use BranchCache operating in Distributed Cache mode: Document...

Author: Anshu Agrawal Date: 02/22/2010

You want different update deployment settings for servers and clients?

We've heard it from you! You've been using WSUS for years and you have been using different Windows...

Author: dustinj Date: 02/17/2010

New SCE 2010 Training for Microsoft Partners

As we move from the Release Candidate to the final SCE product, we want to make sure that Microsoft...

Author: Jason Buffington Date: 02/16/2010

Troubleshooting agent deployment in System Center Essentials 2010

Essentials 2010 uses up to three agents to manage computers: Windows Update agent - built into the...

Author: dustinj Date: 02/02/2010

Virtualize with System Center Essentials 2010 RC and Receive a Free Gift

We hope you’re enjoying evaluating the release candidate of Essentials 2010 and look forward to...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 01/25/2010

How to Deploy to Deploy Office 2010 (Beta) using System Center Essentials 2010

Essentials 2010 simplifies software distribution, including easy distribution for common...

Author: ravichin Date: 01/21/2010

Essentials 2010 Release Candidate Now Available!

We’re very happy to announce that the Release Candidate of Essentials 2010 is now available. The...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 01/19/2010

Essentials 2010 troubleshooting guide

If you experience issues while evaluating Essentials 2010 Beta, please go to Forums or Microsoft...

Author: ravichin Date: 12/04/2009

Upcoming Webcasts

We are presenting two webcasts that include information on Essentials 2010. Join the webcasts to...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 11/30/2009

Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in System Center Essentials 2007 SP1

This table indicates the current support for the indicated operating systems by System Center...

Author: ravichin Date: 11/06/2009

Remote Console Connection & Certificates

I saw this question from a customer on a forum I read quite often: I've been meaning to check out...

Author: Date: 11/05/2009

SCE 2010 Podcast on Virtualization

Recently, the folks at TechNet Edge sat down with David Mills and Edwin Yuen for a brief discussion...

Author: Jason Buffington Date: 11/03/2009

Using Essentials 2010 Beta? Let us know your feedback.

If you are using the Beta of System Center Essentials 2010, thank you! We value your opinion! Your...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 10/30/2009

Get what you want in the next version of Essentials!

Are you interested in getting Microsoft to build an IT management tool specifically engineered to...

Author: dustinj Date: 10/13/2009

SCE 2010 Public Beta is HERE!

Do you know what time it is? Yes, it’s THAT time…time for you to check out the next full release of...

Author: David Mills Date: 09/29/2009

Essentials 2007 SP1 Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2/SQL Server 2008

Essentials 2007 SP1 Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2 System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 supports WSUS 3.0 SP1...

Author: ravichin Date: 09/17/2009

System Center Essentials 2007 SP1 with SQL Server 2005 Express and Windows Server 2008 x64

We’ve seen reports of people unsuccessfully attempting to install Essentials 2007 SP1 on Windows...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 09/14/2009

Using psExec to Open a Remote Command Window

System Center Essentials provides several ways to remotely manage computers, including: Computer...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 09/01/2009

Sign up now for the System Center Essentials 2010 Beta!

We're getting close to releasing the public beta of System Center Essentials 2010! Why should you be...

Author: dustinj Date: 08/24/2009

System Center 2007 and Virtualization

At the Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd this year we announced  System Center Essentials...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 05/21/2009

An Edge-ier Video on System Center Essentials 2010

David Mills and I hooked up with the TechNet Edge folks at TechEd 2009 and shot another video on...

Author: dustinj Date: 05/18/2009

What's new for Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010?

Check out this video that we shot at TechEd 2009 for details on the next release of System Center...

Author: dustinj Date: 05/14/2009

Why are my Performance Graphs Empty in Essentials?

Have you wondered why some of the performance views and dashboards in the Monitoring Space don’t...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 12/03/2008

Fix to enable Remote Assistance task on Vista and Windows Server 2008

As Dustin mentioned in the previous post, we recently released an update to the...

Author: Richard Rundle Date: 10/22/2008

Management Packs for System Center Essentials

A management pack is a definition file (either with an .xml or .mp extension) that contains...

Author: dustinj Date: 09/29/2008

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