April 2013 – Technical Rollup Mail – System Centre




OpsVault — Operate and Optimize IT


Microsoft Premier Support UK - Site Home - TechNet Blogs



System Center Team Blog – Site Home – Technet Blogs


Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr - Site Home - MSDN Blogs


MSDN Blogs


TechNet Blogs


Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Configuration Manager & SMS

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


The Deployment Guys - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


System Center Configuration Manager Solutions - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - Configuration Manager - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Operations Manager & MOM

The System Center Operations Manager Support Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Kevin Holman's System Center Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Jonathan Almquist on Operations Manager - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Jimmy Harper's Operations Manager Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Emre's OpsMgr Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


MPAuthor - Site Home - TechNet Blogs



System Center: Orchestrator Engineering Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs



System Center: Virtual Machine Manager Engineering Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


System Center: Data Protection Manager Engineering Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs


System Center: Service Manager Engineering Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs


The Microsoft Application Virtualization Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


The Out Of Band Management Support Team blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


Microsoft Virtual Academy – free training:



Operations Manager & MOM


Tweets from the Ops manager team


Notification of new Management Pack Releases as they happen.


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System Center Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance:

This Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) Appliance provides capabilities to discover, monitor, and manage your SQL Server 2012 PDW appliances. The management pack simplifies the monitoring process for PDW. This version of management packs has also added monitoring for the new components that are added in PDW 2012. In addition to health monitoring capabilities, this monitoring pack includes a custom diagram view to visualize appliance health. The custom view has detailed knowledge about the health states for the hardware and software components. The custom view enables near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.


System Center Advisor Connector for Operations Manager Preview

The System Center Advisor Connector for Operations Manager preview enables Operations Manager users to receive ongoing assessment of configuration for their windows computers. After installing the connector and selecting computers to be analyzed, Operations Managers users will be able to receive Advisor alerts in the Operations Manager console.


Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager - Clients for Additional Operating Systems

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 supports the management of Apple Mac clients. The client for Mac computers allows you to discover, collect inventory, manage settings, and deploy applications and patches using your Configuration Manager environment. Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 also supports the management of UNIX and Linux servers. The clients for UNIX and Linux extends the scope of your Configuration Manager environment to collect inventory, deploy software, and run reports about UNIX and Linux servers in your enterprise. The client operates as a workgroup client that is managed by Configuration Manager.


System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool

The System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool provides administrative users with information that they can use to determine if the computers that are managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.


System Center Management Pack for Windows Server DNS

The System Center Management Pack for Windows Server DNS monitors DNS health, availability, configuration, security, and zone-transfer issues on DNS servers running the Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 operating systems. Note This Management Pack is intended to completely replace the functionality of the previous DNS Management Pack, and as such it is not backwards compatible with them. The old and new management packs can live side-by-side, so you can uninstall the old MP’s if/when you are comfortable with the new Management Pack.


System Center Monitoring Pack for Java EE : These monitoring packs monitor JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) application servers. Monitoring packs are available for IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic, Red Hat JBoss and Apache Tomcat.


System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Sizing Helper The Operations Manager 2012 Sizing Helper is an interactive document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of Operations Manager 2012. It helps you plan the correct amount of infrastructure needed for a new OpsMgr 2012 deployment, removing the uncertainties in making IT hardware purchases and optimizes cost. A typical recommendation will include the recommended hardware specification for each server role, topology diagram and storage requirement.


System Center 2012 Management Pack for Message Queuing

Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ) is a server application that enables applications to communicate across heterogeneous networks and systems that may be temporarily offline or otherwise inaccessible. Instead of an application communicating with a service on another computer, it sends its information to Message Queuing, which sends the information to a Message Queuing service on the target computer where it is made available to the other application. Message Queuing provides guaranteed delivery, efficient routing, security, and priority based messaging.


The following System Center 2012 SP1 – Service Manager add-ons and extensions are available for download: IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Process Management Pack This Microsoft System Center solution assists medium and large organizations in managing and automating their IT GRC responsibilities; improving IT GRC program management efficiency while reducing costs; simplifying and consolidating IT GRC workloads; and increasing executive, audit, and management visibility into their GRC programs. The IT GRC Process Management Pack —combined with the IT Compliance Management Series—helps customers understand and bind complex business objectives to their Microsoft infrastructure in an operationally efficient manner. System Center Cloud Services Process Pack System Center Cloud Services Process Pack (CSPP) is Microsoft’s Infrastructure as a Service solution built on the System Center platform. With the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack, enterprises can realize the benefits of Infrastructure as a Service while simultaneously leveraging their existing investments in the Service Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager, and Operations Manager platforms. CSPP is an extension pack built on top of System Center. This release is compatible only with System Center 2012 and 2012 SP1. This release does not contain a new feature set from prior releases. If you are installing the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack on System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Service Manager, then you must install the chargeback feature before you install the process pack. For more information, see Installing and Configuring Chargeback Reports in System Center 2012 SP1 - Service Manager. System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool



None This Month

New KB's

Unfortunately at the time of writing, the data which details which KB articles where new in the past month is not available. This will be included in next month’s posting.

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