The Service Manager product group annouced yesterday evening that they’ve hit a major milestone with the RC of the product. Read all about what’s made its way into the build on there blog:
ST. PAUL, MN–(Marketwire – March 3, 2010) – Shavlik Technologies, LLC, the market leader in simplifying and automating critical IT operations, today announced the Shavlik SCUPdates™ catalog which delivers update information from multiple vendors — like Adobe or Apple — to Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). More and more organizations today are leveraging the power of SCCM to assess, deploy and update Windows systems. By using the Shavlik SCUPdates catalog, SCCM users now have a single workflow for deploying updates for both Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications.
Read the full press release
The Atlanta Southeast Management User Group and System Center Virtual User Group invites you to attend the next SMUG meeting scheduled for March 5th, 2010 for a day of great presentations, discussions, and networking.
Because this is a hybrid user group meeting there are two ways to register.
1. If you would like to use Live Meeting to attend the meeting remotely, register here http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=146192
2. If you would like to go to the Alpharetta, GA Microsoft Campus to attend the meeting please register here, this will help us with planning for lunch requirements. https://www.usergroupsupportservices.com/UGEventView.ugss?EventID=8775
DATE & TIME
March 5, 2010
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Lunch provided by Prowess http://www.prowesscorp.com
“At Prowess Consulting, we focus on providing technology marketing, technical writing, IT infrastructure, and managed services to Fortune 500 companies. We make businesses stronger by delivering the right information at the right time. We are trusted by the largest organizations to deliver results through innovative and customized solutions.”
9:45 AM 10:00 AM Opening and Introductions
10:05 AM 11:00 AM Prowess Presentation
11:05 AM 11:50 AM Introduction to Microsoft App-V and the Enterprise
11:55 AM 12:40 PM SCCM R3 Features and Benefits
12:45 PM 1:00 PM Break
1:05 PM 1:50 PM Ed Wilson Powershell Best Practices
1:55 PM 2:40 PM MP Authoring Resource Kit
2:45 PM 3:40 PM What is SCUP and How Do I Use It?
3:35 PM 4:00 PM Closing
Steve is a Senior Support Engineer with Microsoft System Center Support in Charlotte, NC. He supports Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). He has worked for Microsoft for the past 8 years.
Brian has been with Microsoft the past 2.5 years and is currently holding the position of Senior Support Escalation Engineer supporting SMS, Configuration Manager (SCCM), and WSUS. Brian has been supporting SMS for well over 10 years, starting with SMS 1.2. Brian is currently the CSS Beta Engineer supporting the development and release of SCCM R3.
Ed is a senior consultant at Microsoft and a well-known scripting expert. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who delivers popular scripting, networking, and administration workshops to Microsoft employees and customers worldwide. He’s written several books on Windows scripting, including Microsoft Windows Powershell Scripting Guide, Microsoft Windows Scripting Self-Paced Learning Guide, and Microsoft VBScript Step by Step. Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including MCSE and CISSP.
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Jason is a Program Manager on the System Center Configuration Management SE Team at Microsoft. He’s been with the team for over 5 years working on products such as Systems Management Server 2003 SP2 and R2, including the Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT), Inventory Tool for Custom Updates (ITCU), System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP), and Configuration Manager 2007 R2. Jason also authors a blog at http://blogs.technet.com/jasonlewis where he covers products that he’s working on including “FYI” and “How To” topics.
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Vice President Atlanta SMUG http://www.atlsmug.org
President System Center Virtual user Group http://systemcenterusergroup.org
Posted By Scott Moss
With great advantages come great responsibilities. As the advances in USB devices have made them invaluable to most business users’ workday processes, they have also exposed organizations to three enormous risks:
- data loss
- data theft
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You need only to follow the news to see that USB devices are involved time and time again in today’s highest-profile data breaches, either through the loading of breach-causing malware onto the corporate network, by facilitating the intentional covert removal of data, or simply by enabling data loss through the misplacement of an unencrypted device.
In this white paper, you’ll learn how removable device policy enforcement can prevent these risks while enabling managed use of these necessary productivity tools—seamlessly within your Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager-managed environment. You’ll find that the real key to secure use of all portable devices is striking the right balance between the productivity they offer and the risks they pose.
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This one is probably worth passing along to friends and family members that aren’t as technically savvy as the general readership here:
Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center (DIT-SC), a forthcoming Microsoft provided Solution Accelerator for optimizing data center operations, appears to be raising more questions than it’s answering. Formerly known as the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (DDCT-E), the renamed solution is meant to provide a free, partner-extensible framework for creating agile, virtualized infrastructures. Based on some currently available blog entries and data sheets, here’s what we know about DIT-SC now:
- It’s going to be free (no word on support yet)
- Its usefulness is likely going to depend on the partner adoption rate and extensions they make available
- Largely based on PowerShell for automating data center operations
- It will be available the first half of 2010
- Includes self-service user/admin portals
- Integrates with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Like I said, there’s not a lot of information about this yet. But, I’m sure more information will be made available at the Microsoft Management Summit. In the meantime, I’d encourage to visit the following resources:
Dynamic Data Center Alliance Team Blog
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I have to admit that I’m a bit shocked by the Webwire press release from Fujitsu today. The release promotes Fujitsu’s new virtualization offering for the SMB market. Naming it “My very first Hyper-V” may not have been the most creative, but at least the technology behind it is compelling. Based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY x86 servers and ETERNUS DX disk storage systems, this hardware and software combination provides a flexible, expandable platform for introducing a new virtualized IT infrastructure built on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and managed by Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
Could you or your customers benefit from this appliance based, Microsoft-centric approach to virtualization? Who do you think will be the next big vendor to jump on-board?