Microsoft System Center Partner Airlift

Microsoft System Center Partner Airlift

Welcome to the Microsoft System Center Partner Airlift Registration Site!

Event Description: Get ahead of the curve in 2007 at the System Center Partner Airlift. Don’t miss your chance to be trained by Microsoft experts before Microsoft launches System Center Operations Manager 2007 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Get in depth training on new enhancements to Systems Management Server 2003, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) featuring Softgrid application virtualization, and zero touch deployment for Windows Vista and Office 2007.

In addition you will also get the opportunity to learn about the future roadmap of wave 2 of System Center family of products such as, System center essentials 2007, Data Protection Manager V2, Service desk, Virtual Machine Manager.

This is a 5-day intensive, hands-on technical training session totally devoted to Microsoft-based management solutions. At the completion of this 5-day 300/400 level training workshop, you will have the knowledge, tools, and hands on experience in deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting for System Center products. We hope you can join us to learn how to grow your business by leveraging Operations Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2007.

Registration for this event is by invitation only.

Who should attend: Technical professionals at Partner firms that will be devoted to Microsoft-based management solutions practice.

Dates: January 22-26, 2007
Location: Hyatt Bellevue Hotel, Bellevue, Washington USA


OpsMgr 2007 RC2 – Updated Release Notes

OpsMgr 2007 RC2 – Updated Release Notes
Thank you for testing OpsMgr 2007 Release Candidate 2! This email is to notify you that an updated version of the Release Notes for RC2 is now available for download on the Microsoft Connect site.

The new content has been added as an "addendum" to the bottom of the release note file.

To download, please follow this link: and then choose the "OpsMgr 007 Documentation" link which contains the updated release notes.

Major Improvement Over RC1 Over 10,000 customers have downloaded Ops Mgr Beta 2. Our collective goal is to make sure each of you downloads and starts using the new RC2 today.

Key improvements in RC2 include:

  • Performance and stability improvements
  • More reliable and robust reporting installation and many more reports
  • More Distributed Application templates
  • Simplification of Self-tuning threshold configuration


Jalasoft Xian Network Manager IO

This night I Joint the converence meeting at Jalasoft (

This was all about the Xian Network Manager Io and the Xian Io Smart Management Pack Generator


Remember it is still beta but it looks great. To bad the demo was with Opsmgr 2007 RC1 😉




The Tool looks great, the first demo was about monitoring a cisco device, this was easy to manage by port or by traffic rule , syslog filters are in place and you can easy change the alert ( error, informational etc) or change the community string.


You can easy see the uptime or down time of your device see (

Monitoring the cpu of the switch based on custom policy’s or use default made templates ( import /export feature )


There are several monitoring solutions , also manage your device over the internet( vpn or site server )


You can find screen shots here and here:



TechEd-ITForum: Client Monitoring with OpsMgr 2007


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Dhananjay Mahajan gave a presentation about Client Monitoring with OpsMgr 2007. Client Monitoring is an interesting new feature of OpsMgr 2007. Client Monitoring with OpsMgr 2007 offers flexible monitoring depending on your needs for client monitoring.

  • Agentless Exception Monitoring (no agent is needed)
  • Collective Client Monitoring (agent is needed)
  • Business critical Client Monitoring (agent is needed)

When should you use what? You would probably use Agentless Exception Monitoring for large number of clients (Enterprise wide) where you want to monitor application and OS crashes. You can manage the flow of Error Reporting to the OpsMgr 2007 console and track issues with errors happening on your clients. Collective Client and Business critical Client Monitoring you would probably use in smaller environments or for smaller groups and is more pro-actively monitoring the client. With these ways of monitoring you are able aggregate data. The Business critical Client Monitoring is used for business critical clients (or clients that run business critical apps) and help solving problems with deeper monitoring and alerting capabilities. You can even add Auditing with the use of Client monitoring.

Why should you use Client Monitoring in the first place? Client Monitoring should reduce the TCO of Windows and IW applications according to Microsoft.


TechEd: Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007

Just been to a drill down session of SCE

Essentials 2007 provides a unified solution to help optimize the experience of performing a broad set of tasks across your entire IT environment. You also get a single console from which you can view and manage your servers, clients, hardware, software, and IT services.

This solution is perfect for many customer scenarious in the small and mid market.

SCE is based on SCOM 2007 (MOM), SCCM 2007 (SMS) and WSUS 3.0, so you get the best of those worlds in 1 convienant console!.

There for SCE wil be part of the Next SBS "Cougar" and the "Centro" Server(MidBussinessServer).

Cool Scenario is remote monitoring your customers, who run SCE with Operation Manager 2007.


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So is SCE ideal for you? Check Table:

Management Packs
Servers, Clients & Services
MP Templates
User Roles (granular security)



Connector Framework


Update Mgmt
Software Dist
Inventory (HW&SW)
OS Deployment


Mobile device mgmt


Desired Config mgmt


Adv. Features (NAP, WoL, etc.)


Branch Office Support
Beta 2 avaialable NOW Download At Source

RC1 Q1 2007
RTM Q2 2007

Now Available: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Release Candidate 1

Operations Manager RC1 Now Available

We are happy to announce Operations Manager RC1 is now available for download. This release marks an important milestone for this development cycle in preperation for product launch early next year.

Major Improvement Over Beta 2
Over 10,000 customers have downloaded Ops Mgr Beta 2. Our collective goal is to make sure each of these customers downloads and starts testing the new RC1 today.

Key improvements in RC1 include:

  • Improved install process
  • Major usability improvements made to the UI
  • Updated Management Packs and new Active Directory MP
  • Ability to Gateway and certificate manage non-trusted devices
  • Support for more deployment topologies including multiple management servers
  • Improved stability

Download Today
You can download RC1 from the Microsoft Connect Site at:

Continue to get support for the RC1 release of OpsMgr via our Beta newsgroups.
Please note, you must fully uninstall Beta 2 prior to installing RC1. Future releases (RC2 and the final RTM) versions will support an in place upgrade. However upgrades must be made build to build – RC1 to RC2 and RC2 to RTM.

Thank you for testing this release – we look forward to your feedback.

The Operations Manager Team.

Pieterburen Seals

Last few days I went to old friends that are neighbours of lenie ‘t hart in pieterburen.

As long ago as 1971, Lenie ‘t Hart started looking after sick and weak seals in the SRRC in Pieterburen. The SRRC has now grown into a real seal hospital, complete with quarantine facilities, laboratories, X-ray department, etc. Besides medical treatment of seals, public information on the problems of the seal and its environment is provided by means of guided tours, a permanent exhibition and a film. During the holiday season the SRRC can be reached by special public transport, a bus named "Crèche Express", from Groningen to Pieterburen and vice versa.

 I know they can use some funding…..

here are some pic’s   ( if the link is slow just wait ;-( the downloads will stop 😉  )



System Administrator Appreciation Day 28 july!!

System Administrator Appreciation Day yes it is today 28 july

If you can read this, thank your sysadmin

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.

A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.

Ted in wires
Fig. 1 Ted.

A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.

A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods.

When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work.

A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.

So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin — and know she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this webpage


Show your appreciation

Friday, July 28th, 2006, is the 7th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.

Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It’s the least you could do.

Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.


System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007)

System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007)

System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007) delivers enterprise-class operations management by providing comprehensive event management, proactive monitoring and alerting, reporting, and trend analysis.  OpsMgr 2007’s mission is to increase productivity for IT professionals by creating a knowledge driven, proactive Windows management solution that enables monitoring and control of all devices.

System Center Operations and Service Management
Downloads Details

Title Operations Manager 2007 Beta 2 Software
Release Date 6/2/2006
Size 129.37 MB
Version 4086
Category Build
Milestone Beta 2
System Center Operations Manager 2007 Beta 2 software.  This package is a self-extracting MSI.  Installing this MSI simply copies the CD image to the directory you specify.  Following that installation, navigate to where you installed the software and run Setup.BAT to begin the actual installation of OpsMgr 2007 beta 2