Microsoft System Center Advisor Public Preview Available

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Microsoft releases next generation enterprise IT solutions for hybrid Cloud

At TechEd North America 2013, Microsoft Corp. introduced a portfolio of new solutions to help businesses thrive in the era of cloud computing and connected devices. In the keynote address, Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson and fellow executives showcased how new offerings across client, datacenter infrastructure, public cloud and application development help deliver the most comprehensive, connected enterprise platform.


“The products and services introduced today illustrate how Microsoft is the company that businesses can bet on as they embrace cloud computing, deliver critical applications, and empower employee productivity in new and exciting ways,” Anderson said. “Only Microsoft connects the dots for the enterprise from ‘client to cloud.’”

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Microsoft Management Summit 2013 lift-off! #sysctr #mms2013

This week Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 officially launched and brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

Keynote, Cloud Optimize Your Business with Microsoft Management Solutions

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group, took the stage this morning to kick-off the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. Anderson’s keynote to more than 5,000 attendees highlighted the company’s Cloud OS strategy and how IT professionals can use Microsoft technologies to transform their datacenters.

The keynote, which included live demos, will be available on Channel 9 for on-demand viewing. Anderson also posted to the Official Microsoft Blog today.


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The eagle has landed….System Center 2012 SP1 available for download on TechNet and MSDN

A colleague of mine (thanks Tom!) notified that System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is available for download on TechNet and MSDN.


The following links take you to the What’s New topics for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

  • System Center 2012 – App Controller SP1
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Operations Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Orchestrator SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Service Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager SP1


    System Center 2012 Update Rollup 2 available for download #sysctr

    Recently Microsoft has released an update rollup package for their System Center 2012 product suite. The update package contains updates for the following System Center 2012 products:

    • App Controller
    • Data Protection Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Orchestrator
    • Service Manager
    • Virtual Machine Manager

    For an overview of all solved issues go to

    The update packages for App Controller, Orchestrator, and Virtual Machine Manager are available from Microsoft Update. Additionally, the update packages for Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Service Manager are available from the following Microsoft Download Center websites:

    Data Protection Manager


    Operations Manager


    UNIX and Linux Management Pack update for Operations Manager


    Service Manager



    Cumulative Update 5 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (KB 2495674) #sysctr

    Cumulative Update 5 contains a number of fixes for Operations Manager 2007 R2 and adds support for Red Hat 6. A number of fixes require manual steps to install. See Knowledgebase article KB 2495674. You can download Cumulative Update 5 here (948 MB).


    The KB2495674 article apparently is not online yet but can be found here:


    For instructions on how to install a CU package in general (blog is written for CU4 but best practices can be followed for installation of CU5 as well) you can check this :


    Operations Manager Management Packs for MBAM and CRM now available! #sysctr

    The System Center Team blog announced this week 2 new Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager in the Download Center. You can download these and read more using the links below, and they will also be in the Catalog and PinPoint shortly.

      • The views, monitors, rules, and knowledge specific to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 that comprise this Monitoring Pack provide the means for System Center Operations Manager users to centrally manage the server application, its component services, and the computers on which they run. The Monitoring Pack for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 also contains monitoring for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 E-mail Router and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting Extensions
      • This management pack monitors the critical interactions within the server-side infrastructure, such as the connections between the three web services and the two databases, the operational calls between the two web sites and their supportive web service, and finally upload requests between the desktop clients and their respective receiving web service endpoints

    The momentum is building as we move towards Operations Manager 2012 Beta, keep an eye out for more information in the very near future!