October 2008 - Technical Rollup Mail - Manageability




The Deployment Guys


Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 IPD Guide - Now Available for Download


Now released to Connect, this guide leads the administrator through the process of planning a Configuration Manager infrastructure. The guide addresses the following fundamental decisions and tasks: identifying which Configuration Manager features will be needed; designing the components, layout, security, and connectivity of the Configuration Manager infrastructure. Following this guide will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while considering the user experience, security, manageability, performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 RTM and SP1

The .NET Framework 2.0 is a dependency for the Admin Console and the Desired Configuration Manager (DCM) feature of the client.  Typically the .NET Framework is a side-by-side (SxS) installation so compatibility is not a concern.  However, the .NET Framework 3.5 install performs an upgrade to the .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0 behind the scenes, this is now fully supported.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is now supported for Configuration Manager 2007 RTM and SP1

Support will be provided for client management, site server roles, and the administrator console running within a Hyper-V environment. There are no hotfixes required for the release to support configuration scenario. This applies to customers running Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V RTM installed.

System Center Configuration Manager platform support update

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (RTM and SP1) now supports the use of SQL Server 2008 as a site database.  In order to upgrade a site-server database to SQL 2008 there are 2 hot fixes required:

· ConfigMgr 2007 RTM customers must apply hot fix KB955229

· ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 customers must apply hot fix KB955262

The following are requirements when performing a clean install on a SQL Server 2008 database:

· A clean install of ConfigMgr 2007 RTM on a SQL Server 2008 database is not supported.  You must first install SQL Server 2005, upgrade to SQL Server 2008 and then apply hot fix KB955229

· A clean install of ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 on a SQL Server 2008 database is supported, but should apply hot fix KB955262

System Center Configuration Manager R2 Availability

With the release of Configuration Manager R2, customers with an SA gain access to some incredibly powerful capabilities. To date this is the strongest release of Configuration Manager, with platform support now for Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008, as well as a collection of new capabilities.  Application Virtualization, SQL Reporting Services, Client Status Reporting and Forefront Client Reporting all are now available to SA customers.  Configuration Manager R2 RTM'd (Release to Manfacturing) on August 28th, with evaluation bits and content releasing to the public. As with other System Center (and Microsoft) releases, this is not the date that the product is widely available. We use this RTM date as an announcement for when Engineering has signed off the quality of the product as acceptable for release to the public.


Operations Manager

System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Documentation

This download contains documentation for System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1.



Configuration Manager

BDD and MDT Archive

Business Desktop Deployment is a previous version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). For customers still using a version of BDD (BDD 2007, BDD 2.5) or a previous version of MDT, the downloads are available below.


SC Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 ICPs

International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international-language clients to use with System Center Configuration Manager (SC Config Mgr) 2007 SP1. ICP downloads contain only the Config Mgr client files, not the English-language SC Config Mgr 2007 SP1, which is required.


Operations Manager

Office Communications Server 2007 MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Management Pack for SCOM 2007 monitors the health of computers running Office Communications Server 2007 on Windows Server 2003.


UNIX Interoperability Management Pack for MOM 2005

The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 UNIX Interoperability Management Pack monitors the performance and availability of the Windows Server 2008 version of Subsystem for UNIX based Applications component and Identity Management for UNIX component.


BizTalk Server MP for OpsMgr 2007

The BizTalk Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 provides monitoring for BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006 R2.


Windows 2008 Message Queuing MP for MOM 2005

The Message Queuing MP monitors core Message Queuing components in the Windows Server 2008 operating system.



Manageability Webcast Home

A list of all archived and upcoming Manageability Webcasts is available at:


Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

New KB's

Configuration Manager

The SMS_EXECUTIVE service process restarts unexpectedly when a limit is set for the maximum transfer rate between two sites in System Center Configuration Manager 2007


The "Delete Aged Configuration Management Data" site maintenance task may take a long time to finish in System Center Configuration Manager 2007


The SMS_Executive service process may crash when the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Hierarchy Manager handles the site control (.ct2) file from child sites that are running the RTM version of Configuration Manager 2007


Operations Manager

The e-mail notifications may contain garbled subject lines if you enable the "Generate subject line with no encoding" option in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1


The connection settings for connectors in tiered management groups are configured incorrectly after the OpsMgr SDK Service restarts in a System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 environment


Error message when you try to run a Service Level Dashboard report after you install Service Level Dashboard Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007: "EXECUTE permission is denied on SL_Dashboard_DashboardGroupGet"


Health Service problems occur when an active Root Management Server is targeted as an agent from other Management Groups


A Run As account that is configured for proxy authentication in a Web application monitor is not used in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1


Mobile Device Manager

Attempts to validate Windows Mobile device certificates and to authenticate System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 fail