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Introduction to Windows Azure
Deploying Applications in Windows Azure
Exploring Windows Azure Storage
Advanced Deployment Scenarios Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010
Deploying the Core Optimized Desktop with MDT 2010 and SCCM
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0 Overview
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Application Virtualization, Configuring Read-Only Shared Cache for VDI and RDS
System Center Orchestrator Extensibility
First Look at Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012
Application Monitoring in OpsMgr 201
Monitoring key Microsoft workloads (Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and Windows Server) with OpsMgr 2012
Network Monitoring in OpsMgr 2012
Diagnose the Application Errors and Performance Issues with AVIcode
Getting Started with System Center Orchestrator
Getting Started with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 Business Unit/Infrastructure Requests/Approvals and VM Provisioning
Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) with Office 365
DirectAccess and Unified Access Gateway (UAG) SP1: Better Together
Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting
Following labs are still available.
Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
Install a clustered instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster
SharePoint and Office
SharePoint2010 IT Pro Overview
Upgrade from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007to SharePoint Server 2010
Lap around Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Content Management
Infrastructure assessment for Office 2010 migration planning with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
Virtualizing Microsoft Office 2010 with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
Windows 7 deployment
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Application Virtualization, Sequencing Lab
Streamline planning for Windows 7deployment with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning(MAP) Toolkit
Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
Zero Touch Installation Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
Windows 7: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6
Windows Server 2008 R2
What’s New in Active Directory (V3.0)
Windows Server 2008 R2: Implementing BranchCache
Implementing Centralized Publishing using Remote Desktop Services (V3.0)
Windows Server 2008 R2: Implementing DirectAccess
Introduction to Opalis
Monitoring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007
Yesterday Microsoft announced kb2288515 about Agent states in Operations Manager and System Center Essentials
I believe this is a very important kb which must be in the kb library of every SCOM admin.
An agent, management server or gateway can have one of the following states:
Healthy – green check mark
The agent/management server is running normally.
Critical – red check mark
There is a problem on the agent/management server.
Unknown – gray agent. The check mark and agent name are grayed out.
The health service watcher on the root management server (RMS) that is watching the health service on the monitored computer is not receiving heartbeats from the agent anymore. It had been receiving them previously (and it was reported as healthy), but now it is not. This also means that the management servers are no longer receiving any information from the agent at all.
The computer running the agent might be down, or there might be connectivity issues. You can find more information on the Health Service Watcher view.
Unknown – green circle with no check mark
The status of the discovered item is unknown. There is no monitor available for this specific discovered item.
Resolutions can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2288515
A few weeks ago Microsoft kicked off the summer campaign, although looking outside doesn’t feels like summer.
During the summer months July and August Microsoft will send out 4 newsletters which have been pimped into a summer look and feel.
Just navigate to Here and start learning.
The following parts are already published
Still to come…
- The best of TechDays 2011
I’ll keep you Posted.
Last week Provance has released V1.2 SP1 of its IT Asset Management Pack and Data Management Pack. The download is available at community.provance.com in the resource section. The announcement details along with the fix/feature list are available on the home page of the Provance community. In addition to fixes some new features are available as follows:
Asset Management Pack Enhancements
· Track by Assignment
· New BFA Values displayed for Software Title and Versions
· BFA Details graphical display
Data Management Pack Enhancements
- New Operations
- o For Strings: Concatenate, Substring, Split
- o For Lists: Copy
- o Date/Time: Value
- o Boolean: Copy, Value
- Don’t Create if Blank
- PowerShell Support for Import
- o Includes Provance Data Management Shell
A number of blogs have been written about the new features with more blogs to come, see the News and Products blogs for more details.
Not a Provance Customer or Partner?
There are a number of external Provance resources that can be of assistance.
Download an evaluation version of the Provance IT Asset Management Pack for Microsoft Service Manager HERE.
I hope this can help you.
Today on the Windows For Your Business blog, They announced the beta of the next release of Windows Intune.
Some key new features include:
- Simplify the task of distributing software and updates- In addition to Microsoft patches and updates, you can now use Windows Intune to deploy third-party applications and updates to your managed PCs.
- Manage all your software licenses. If you need a better way to manage all your software licenses, look no further. Now you can upload and track Microsoft Retail and OEM licenses and third-party license agreements in addition to Microsoft Volume License agreements.
- Get better hardware reporting . We’ve made it simple for you to view or create reports on hardware data—including manufacturer, chassis type, available disk space, installed memory, and CPU speed.
For a full list of features, check out the following content:
- What’s New in the Windows Intune 2011 Beta
- Windows Intune July 2011 Beta Overview Video
- Windows Intune July 2011 Beta FAQ
- Best Practices for Deploying Software with Windows Intune
Each new update builds upon the prior version, so regardless of when you purchase the subscription, you’ll automatically get the latest and greatest features available in our commercial release.
Want to try out these cool new features? Then sign up for the Windows Intune Beta for a preview of the updates we’ve made to the service. Please note that the beta can be used on up to 10 PCs until 30 days after the update is commercially available and cannot be migrated to the commercial release.
If you are in the market for a management and security solution today, we encourage you to sign up for a free 30-day trial of our commercial release for 25 PCs to see how Windows Intune can help your business today.
Ready to buy after your 30 days? It’s easy to smoothly migrate your trial to a paid subscription. The commercial release is our fully supported offer and guarantees a financially-backed 99.9% uptime service level agreement.