The Servce Manager product team announced this week a cumulative update which is a rollup of fixes for System Center Service Manager 2010 SP1. It can be applied to SP1 CU1 or directly to a Service Manager 2010 SP1 installation. This update contains a set of bug fixes to the Service Manager 2010 SP1 release. Continue reading “Service Manager 2010 SP1 Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) is released”
The feedback on the self-service portal has consistently been that it needs to be more customizable. That is by far the #1 feedback item on SCSM 2010. The types of desired customizations typically fall into these categories:
- change the text shown in a label
- hide buttons or web parts
- change the style (colors, fonts, etc.)
- change the layout
- show more or less information
- add additional capabilities
- add languages or allow users to choose which language the portal is displayed in
Most of these things ideally would be configurable options on the web parts and there would be some sort of administrative UI which allowed you to change these things. Making things like that configurable via an admin experience requires significant development and test time which unfortunately we didn’t have in the 2010 product development cycle. That is what we are shooting for in the vNext version (currently code named “R2”) of the SCSM portal that we are super excited to show you at the Microsoft Management Summit for the first time. The vNext portal will be based on SharePoint 2010 (any version including Foundation). It will be made up of web parts. You can change the text shown on labels, change fonts, change the style, change the layout, etc. using standard SharePoint administrative experiences and tools. It will be relatively easy to add new content to the portal by creating web parts that use the SDK and plugging them into the SharePoint site. You will also be able to add languages or change display strings by modifying the string resource files. We will let the user choose which language they want to display the console in. The portal will be a single SharePoint site instead of an analyst portal and an end user portal, but the user experience will be role based so people only see what they need to see. In short, it will be what we all wished the SCSM 2010 portal could have been.
At Tech Ed Africa and Tech Ed Europe in the past few weeks we have publicly unveiled more of the roadmap for Service Manager. Below are a couple of the slides that were shared.
SP1 is a release that is focused only on the following things:
- Bug fixes – includes all the bug fixes in cumulative updates 1, 2, and 3.
- Support for SQL 2008 R2
- 9 additional languages for the entire product (not just the portal)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
The next major release is currently called “R2” and will include:
As each of these areas is currently in design/development right now we aren’t really going into details about the specifics, but we did want to share with you some of the new and exciting things we are currently working on. This next release will line up with the planned next SCOM, SCCM, and SCVMM releases. We’ll update the connectors in SCSM as needed to work with those new versions as well.
Here’s the timeframes (unchanged from the announcement at MMS 2010):
V1, Authoring Tool, and Compliance/Risk MP are released now. SP1 release is targeted for “around the end of the year”. We are in the final testing phases now with zero bugs meeting the bar left to fix for SP1 right now. The R2 beta will be sometime in the middle of CY 2011 and the R2 release in the second half of 2011.
The SCSM “R2” TAP program is in full swing now. We have been demonstrating some of the new builds with these features already working to the TAP customers and partners to get feedback. Great to see the rapid progress on new developments while also seeing customers rapidly adopting and deploying SCSM 2010
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The guide covers these key steps in the System Center Service Manager infrastructure design process:
- Defining the project scope by identifying the necessary System Center Service Manager features, the requirements of the process management packs, and the
targeted population of the organization.
- Mapping the selected features and scope to determine the required server roles.
- Designing the fault tolerance, configuration, and placement of the management servers, portals, and supporting SQL Server databases.
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