Tag: System Center Essentials

I Hope You Patch Adobe Products Like All The Others

Yesterday I quoted a Microsoft security report based on information they gather from numerous sources: “Detections of exploits targeting Adobe Flash, although uncommon in comparison to some other types of exploits, increased in 2Q11 to more than 40 times the volume seen in 1Q11 … Two vulnerabilities accounted for the bulk of zero-day exploit activity…

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Interesting Analysis on Patching and Attacks

Microsoft produces a document called the Security Intelligence Report on a regular basis.  Some of it hit the news today so I decided to take a peek.  The report doesn’t restrict itself to exploits of Microsoft products and is based on data that they gather from a number of sources. “In this supplemental analysis, zero-day…

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Great Big Hyper-V Survey 2011 Is Now Closed

I closed the Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2011 this morning at 10:05 (Dublin time, 11:05 CET, 5:05 EST).  Thank you to all who completed the survey.  Myself, Damian Flynn (another Hyper-V MVP), and Hans Vredevoort (Failover Clustering MVP) will be sharing the results on this Wednesday (7th September, 2011) at 10:00 Dublin time, 11:00…

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Before You Install System Center … Clean Up Those Computer Accounts

First, I hope you’ve done some planning/architecture/proof of concept.  Next, clean up the environment.  Products that deploy agents, such as System Center Essentials (SCE), Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr), and Operations Manager (SCOM/OpsMgr), will allow you to track the success of agent deployment.  And if your network is like most others I’ve encountered over the years, nobody…

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Veeam ESX Monitoring for SCOM

At yesterday’s VMware event, I wandered over to the Veeam stand to get myself a demo of their nworks Management Pack for VMware.  This allows OpsMgr (System Center Operations Manager 2007) to natively monitor ESX(i) without installing an agent on the host, with or without vSphere.  They fired up an RDP session and gave me…

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Operations Manager 2007 R2 Resource Kit

OK, it’s only 2 years too late and OpsMgr 2012 is around the corner, but it’s out and let’s just enjoy that.  Microsoft has just released a resource kit including tools for OpsMgr 2007 R2.  Best of all, it includes the ability to schedule maintenance mode for a group!  Yay!  No more hack-scripting to get…

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