Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 unleashed!

    We are pleased to announce the release and availability of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 ! Organizations of all sizes use System Center Configuration Manager for better insight and control of their servers, PCs and devices across physical, virtual and distributed environments. Now, R3 brings...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Planning, Architecture, and Guidance on System Center Service Manager

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deployment Planning, Architecture, and Guidance on System Center Service Manager , which discusses how Microsoft IT used System Center Service Manager to implement an incident-management solution for Microsoft.com, Windows Update, MSDN,...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 Using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and OSD

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deploying Windows 7 Using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and OSD , which discusses how Microsoft IT wanted to increase user satisfaction and reduce overall support costs associated with deploying Windows 7 with System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Costs and Improving Systems Management with Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Reducing Costs and Improving Systems Management with Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager , which discusses how Microsoft IT used Hyper-V and System Center Operations Manager to reduce costs and improve systems management. ...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Cuts Capital and Operating Expenses by 75 Percent at Microsoft

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Virtualization Cuts Capital and Operating Expenses by 75 Percent at Microsoft , which discusses how Microsoft IT is using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, and Microsoft System Center Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization TechNet Live Meetings in May

    We are doing a series of free Microsoft Virtualization TechNet Live Meetings in May . Each Live Meeting is scheduled to run for 90 mins and the target audience is IT Pros and IT Managers. Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V – Technical Overview and changes Friday, 7 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East) Speaker...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining High Availability for Microsoft.com

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Maintaining High Availability for Microsoft.com which discusses how Microsoft maintains high availability ratings for Microsoft.com through carefully planned infrastructure, team collaboration, and use of technology for maintenance, monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Help IT Pros Deploy The New Efficiency - today!

    Increase technical readiness, accelerate deployment, fuel usage and boost platform adoption. Saving Money with Virtualization · Conflict: As you fill the last empty slot on the server rack, a question comes to mind, "Why so many server boxes? Is there a better way?” · Resolution: By using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Securing the Microsoft Desktop Environment using Patch Management

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Securing the Microsoft Desktop Environment using Patch Management, which discusses how Microsoft IT maintains a secure environment by keeping client computers up to date with the latest software and security updates. In an enterprise organization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches ENERGY STAR Compliant Power Management Tool for IT Administrators

    Hi All, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 has launched a new Desired Configuration Management (DCM) pack that fully complies with ENERGY STAR configuration guidelines! The new pack, which is endorsed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), enables customers...
  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 RTM

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the Service Level Dashboard Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 for download on TechNet . IT departments need ever more sophisticated tools to monitor the performance and availability of line-of-business (LOB) applications that make the organization...
  • Blog Post: Antivirus exclusions for Operations Manager 2007

    Hi All, We had some customers ask what they should exclude in terms antivirus for Operations Manager 2007, I was passed this information from a colleage. 1. The database server could be treated similar to normal SQL servers. Guidelines for configuring AV software on SQL servers along with clustering...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release to Automatic Updates

    Hi All, Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly. The third service pack to Windows XP includes the previously released updates and hotfixes...
  • Blog Post: Using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to Extend Network Health

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Using Configuration Manager 2007 to Extend Software Update Compliance Across Networks , which discusses how Microsoft IT uses Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Windows Server® 2008 Network Access Protection...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta now available

    Yesterday at the Microsoft Management Summit 2008, Microsoft announced the public release of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) beta now available at http://connect.microsoft.com .  This latest version of the product incorporates all the functionality of its predecessor and brings exiting new capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Implementing System Center Operations Manager 2007 at Microsoft

    OpsMgr 2007 provides a centralized monitoring infrastructure with increased reliability and granular rights delegation. By implementing OpsMgr 2007, Microsoft IT improved operational efficiency and reduced the cost of IT lifecycle investments. Technical White Paper | Article | PowerPoint Presentation...
  • Blog Post: SystemCenter Operations Manager SP1 RTMs

    Hi All, What’s included in Service Pack 1? Operations Manager 2007 SP1 addresses critical customer-initiated issues, including improved deployment, performance, reporting, and enhanced support. Highlighting some of the key new features and enhancements: New capability to export Operations...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007

    Hi All, Here’s a whole heap of information that is now available on System Centre that you may not be aware of: Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2008: Better Together http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DEEDD56C-46E0-4351-A31D-8669132FE1BB&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: SysCenter Operations Manager 2007 SP1 RC Released to the connect site

    Hi All, The release candidate for Service Pack 1 of SCOM07 has been posted to the http://connect.microsoft.com/systemcenter website. The high level themes of this service pack are: Address critical customer initiated issues including roll-up of all hotfixes Make the product easier to...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 to manufacturing

    Microsoft has released Microsoft ® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 to manufacturing. DPM 2007 is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery, delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media. DPM...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Software - Come and get it!

    Try System Center Virtual Machine Manager Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a comprehensive solution optimized for the management of server computers running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 in the virtualized data center. And when you download the 120-day trial software, you're automatically...
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