New hotfixes you want to install if you use SCCM

In the last weeks Microsoft released a couple of good and important hotfixes for all of you that uses  SCCM 2007 R2.

  1. If you installed the 2212600 update that lets you import the same driver multiple times and you use driver categories you might have noticed that the category information is overwritten. To fix this Microsoft released the below update:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2513499
  2. If you use SCUP and have a SCCM multi site infrastructure, and you try to publish updates with "metadata only" they will not be replicated to the WSUS hierarchy servers.
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2530678
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2530709
    Note that the above updates are identical and you should only install one of them (not sure why the WSUS team released two)
  3. If you have a Task sequence that installs many updates (more then 80) you might have noticed that the TS might stop responding. To fix this Microsoft released the below update:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2516517
  4. If you have a Task sequence that installs a lot of Software (more then 100) you might have noticed that the TS might stop responding. To fix this Microsoft released the below update:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2509007

SCOM 2007 R2 now support SQL 2008R2

Microsoft just release information about the support to run the db/ datawarehouse on a SQL 2008 R2.

Phase 1: Clean install of OM2007R2 on SQL 2008 R2. 

Take a look at the KB2425714 to get OM2007R2 installed on a SQL 2008 R2 database server.  In order to get the OM databases installed we had to go a different route from what’s in the deployment guide so take a look at the KB.

Phase 2: Support upgrading SQL to SQL 2008 R2 with OM2007R2 already deployed. 

Supporting this scenario will be coming as part of a future CU for R2

Read the KB2425714

Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack

Overview

The Windows Azure Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure.
Feature Summary
After configuration, the Windows Azure Management Pack offers the following functionality:

  • Discovers Windows Azure applications.
  • Provides status of each role instance.
  • Collects and monitors performance information.
  • Collects and monitors Windows events.
  • Collects and monitors the .NET Framework trace messages from each role instance.
  • Grooms performance, event, and the .NET Framework trace data from Windows Azure storage account.
  • Changes the number of role instances via a task.

NOTE! The management group must be running Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 3

Download Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack from Microsoft

Updated version of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Authoring Resource Kit

Re-release of authoring resource kit package version 6.0.6276.0. Updated the Authoring Console to version 6.1.7221.49. It now has the capability to create and edit Management Packs for Azure applications (see the Azure Management Pack Guide for details). All other tools and functionality in the resource kit remain unchanged from the previous release. Note that you will need to remove the old version of the Authoring Resource Kit before installing the updated version.

 

Download the Authoring Resource Kit from Microsoft