TechEd session report: Supporting Your End-Users with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007

Posted by MBrant on June 11 2008, 9:49 AM. Posted in TechEd 2008.

"Supporting Your End-Users with Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007" by Dustin Jones and David Mills.This session talked about using Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 to optimize your (mostly mid-sized) company's IT environment. They explained why Microsoft made MSCE 2007 just for mid-size businesses. They believe it’s the perfect balance between manageability and licensing costs. Administrative powers provided by MSCE allow users to simplify insight in their IT inventory with real time monitoring systems and stored software and hardware inventory. Also includes reporting and software deployment features.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>They talked about the place of the product in the System Center product family. It simplifies the product for smaller companies as small and mid-size companies may not have the resources to implement the larger products in the System Center product family line.<o:p></o:p>They also talked about the SP1 update:<o:p></o:p>·         Managing workgroup-joined computers<o:p></o:p>·         Monitoring SNMPv1 network devices<o:p></o:p>·         Multiple auto-approval rules in update management<o:p></o:p>·         A remote SQL Server 2005 instance on a computer with a different architecture (x86 or x64) than that of the computer running the Essentials 2007 management server<o:p></o:p>·         Running Essentials 2007 on Windows Server 2008<o:p></o:p>·         Management packs for Windows Server 2008<o:p></o:p>Overall it was a nice session however, with respect to the great and knowledgeable speakers, it was a bit dull. They could lighten the show up a bit by mixing it up a bit. Be sure to check out the PPTX!<o:p></o:p>