SCOM 2012 RC is now available

As of last week, you can now download and evaluate the RC of SCOM 2012. The new features are (cut from download site):

  • Setup
    Operations Manager 2012 has a new Setup wizard. For important instructions about how to install Operations Manager 2012, see Install Operations Manager 2012 Beta.
  • Highly Available Management Group Out of the Box
    In Operations Manager 2012, all management servers are peers; there is no root management server. The workload is split among all management servers in a management group, which provides high availability without requiring a cluster.
  • Resource pools
    A resource pool provides the ability to distribute workloads across multiple management servers, such as availability, network device monitoring, distributed monitor health rollup, and group calculation.
  • Agent Configuration
    Operations Manager 2012 provides an easy method for configuring agents to report to multiple management servers by adding an Operations Manager Agent application to Control Panel on each agent-managed computer.
  • Operations Console
    You will notice some subtle changes to the Operations console. The Actions pane is now the Tasks pane, and includes a new section called Navigation Tasks that makes it easy for you to open views for a selected object. The Tasks pane offers two tabs: one for actions and one for resources and Help links. The Navigation and Tasks panes can be hidden or revealed instantly by clicking the arrow in the title bar of the pane.
  • Web console
    Operations Manager 2012 introduces a new Web console. In Operations Manager 2012, all Operations Manager views are available in the Web console.
  • Network monitoring
    Operations Manager 2012 provides the ability to discover and monitor network routers and switches, including the network interfaces and ports on those devices and the virtual LAN (VLAN) that they participate in. You can also delete discovered network devices and prevent the deleted network devices from being rediscovered the next time discovery runs. For more information, see Monitor Network Devices.
  • Application monitoring
    In Operations Manager 2012, you can monitor ASP.NET applications in server- and client-side environments to get details about application availability and performance. Configure monitoring settings, such as polling frequency and transaction threshold. Then use results, including how frequently a problem is occurring, how a server was performing when a problem occurred, and the distributed chain for a transaction in question to pinpoint problems and solutions. For more information, see Monitor a .NET Application.
  • Dashboard views
    As part of the network monitoring and application monitoring capabilities, Operations Manager 2012 includes new comprehensive dashboard views that combine multiple panels of information into a single view. In Operations Manager 2012, you can add the new dashboard views to My Workspace.
  • Display dashboard views using SharePoint
    The Operations Manager web part displays specified dashboard views and can be added to Microsoft SharePoint 2010 sites. For more information, see Add a Dashboard View to a SharePoint Site.
  • Creating dashboard views
    Dashboard views have been significantly upgraded in Operations Manager 2012 from their capabilities in Operations Manager 2007 R2, including custom layouts and nested dashboard views. For more information, see Create a Dashboard View.
  • Operations Manager Module for Windows PowerShell
    Operations Manager 2012 provides a Windows PowerShell 2.0 module containing a full set of new cmdlets. The cmdlets in this module are only compatible with Operations Manager 2012. You can recognize the Operations Manager 2012 cmdlets by the "SC" preceding the noun. For additional information about the Operations Manager 2012 cmdlets, open the Operations Manager command shell and type Get-Help about_OpsMgr_WhatsNew. For information about how the Operations Manager 2007 cmdlets map to the Operations Manager 2012 cmdlets, type Get-Help about_OpsMgr_Cmdlet_Names.To use the Operations Manager 2012 cmdlets, you must establish a connection to an Operations Manager management group. You can establish either a persistent connection in which you can run multiple cmdlets, or a temporary connection when running a single cmdlet. For more information about connections, open the Operations Manager Shell and type Get-Help about_OpsMgr_Connections.
  • UNIX- and Linux-based computers
    In Operations Manager 2012, the Discovery Wizard is easier to use for discovering UNIX- and Linux-based computers. You can now use Windows PowerShell to manage UNIX- and Linux-based computers, for more information, see the UNIX and Linux section in the release notes. High availability is also supported.
  • UNIX/Linux Shell Command Template Management Pack
    This Management Pack implements authoring templates that allow the creation of rules, tasks, and monitors based on execution of shell commands on UNIX/Linux agents.
  • JEE Management Packs
    These management packs monitor JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) application servers. Management packs are available for IBM WebSphere, Oracle WebLogic, Red Hat JBoss and Apache Tomcat.

Please note:

“Upgrades from RC to RTM in *any* scenario will not be supported by Microsoft support unless the customer is part of the TAP program for the specific product that they are trying to upgrade.  Only TAP customers are licensed to run pre-RTM software in production.”

Download SCOM 2012 RC from Microsoft

MDT 2012 beta 2 is now available

MDT 2012 Beta 2 offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012 as well as integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for Lite Touch Installation remote control and diagnostics.

Key benefits include:

  • Full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment.
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users.

New features For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)
  • New User-Driven Installation components for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012
    • Extensible wizard and designer, additional integration with Configuration Manager to deliver a more customized OS experience, support for more imaging scenarios, and an enhanced end-user deployment experience
  • Ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

New features For Lite Touch Installation:

  • Integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for remote control and diagnostics
  • New monitoring capabilities to see the progress of currently running deployments
  • Support for deploying Windows to computers using UEFI
  • Ability to deploy Windows 7 so that the computer will start from a new VHD file, “Deploy to VHD”
  • Improved deployment wizard user experience

MDT 2012 Beta 2 will be available for beta download through to January 2012.  

 

Download MDT 2012 beta 2 from Microsoft Connect

Windows Intune v2 released

As promised, yesterday Microsoft released version 2 of Windows Intune. Compared to standard software that require you to plan your upgrade etc. you will not have to do anything to get your Intune infrastructure upgraded. In the upcoming weeks, Intune customers will reciew an mail informing them that their account will be upgraded.

Intune v2 has the following new features:

  • Software distribution
  • Third Party License Management
  • Enhanced Hardware Reporting
  • Improved Policy Conflict Handling
  • Remote Tasks
  • User Interface enhancements
  • Read-only Access:

For more information, visit the Intune team blog at – http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/archive/2011/10/17/the-next-release-of-windows-intune-is-now-available.aspx

 

Want to test Intune v2 now – Sign up for a free 30 trial today

Windows Intune Vnext beta is released

The Intune team made a new beta version of Windows Intune ready for testing a  couple of weeks ago. There is a impressive list of new features that I have heard many asking for. I have been running the beta now on a couple of test systems and it really looks good (still hope we get some updates before release). below you see a list of new features:

Software Distribution

  • Package applications, upload them to the cloud for distribution, and deploy them to your Windows Intune-managed PCs. Applications can be in EXE or MSI format. When application is deployed, BITS is used to ensure data transfer is efficient.

Better Hardware Reporting and Filters

  • In v1 Windows Intune did inventory a lot of H/W but to get it out from the console was harder. In v2 we now have H/W reports and also the option to export to file from the H/W tab when looking at a single computer

Third Party License Management

  • In v1 we have the option to connect your Microsoft Volume License Agreements and from this do some reporting on your licensing status. New In v2 is that you can create/add third party license information– all in one place.

User Interface Enhancements

  • Many new enhancements have been made to the user experience. One of the biggest thing is – Right click which will display a list of context-sensitive actions you can perform
  • A new role has been added – We can now create a “read-only” user

Remote Actions

  • Execute a number of tasks on remote unattended PCs
    • Invoke malware definitions to install
    • Initiate a malware scan to run immediately
    • Remotely reboot a PC.

Improvements to Alerts Workspace

  • We can now configure thresholds on alerts so you can filter out less important events, and focus on the ones that matter to you.
  • Improved the way you set up recipients for these alerts.

Support for images

  • The Windows Intune client is ‘image-friendly’ and can be set up prior to image deployment. Previously, the Windows Intune client required an internet connection before it could install.

To test all of these new functions – Sign up for the Windows Intune beta 

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OM12 Beta is available

Microsoft has released System Center Operations Manager 2012 beta to the public. Some of the new cools features are:

  • No more single point of failure – RMS is gone
  • Rich application performance monitoring and diagnostics for .NET applications plus JEE application health monitoring
  • Support for monitoring heterogeneous environments
  • Integrated network device monitoring and alerts
  • Simplified management infrastructure
  • Common console across datacenter and clouds with customizable dashboards
  • High Availability for UNIX/Linux and Network Devices monitoring
  • …and a lot more

 

Download OM2012 from Microsoft

System Center Updates Publisher 2011 has been released!

Today Microsoft released the new version of System Center Update Publisher (SCUP). Here is the new features:

New in System Center Updates Publisher 2011

  • Simpler setup with no database installation
  • An improved user interface that allows better control of managing software updates
  • Improved applicability rule authoring experience
  • Improved performance when importing and managing software updates
  • The ability to create software update bundles
  • The ability to define prerequisite and superseded updates as part of a software update definition
  • A new Software Update Cleanup Wizard that you can use to expire software updates that exist on the update server, but are not in the Updates Publisher 2011 repository
  • A new “Automatic” publication type with which Updates Publisher 2011 can query Configuration Manager to determine whether the selected software updates should be published with full content or only metadata

Since I was privileged to be in the TAP I have been testing the 2011 version and for me the last function “A new “Automatic” publication type” is the coolest. I think this will make it so much easier to publish the right drivers for example if you add the Dell driver catalog.

NOTE! You have to update your WSUS server with the 2530678 hotfix to get all of the functions to work

Download SCUP 2011 from Microsoft

Read more about SCUP from the Jason Lewis blog

Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing

Today Windows Phone 7 was RTM:ed. I have followed blogs and press for a long time and it looks good but as we all know there is some features that we will miss. Now I really hope Microsoft understand that they need to do as Apple and Google has done – release updates to the phone regularly and this for free.

More information – Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing