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SCE 2010 Resource Kit

1:21 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Last week the System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit has been published for download.  You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=32b2872a-a31d-4db1-abe8-018d91bf3942&displaylang=en

So I downloaded the x64 edition and installed it on my management server.

The installation is pretty straightforward:

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After the installation, a new item is created in the start menu called system center essentials 2010 resource kit readme.

So here is what you can expect from the resource kit:

Computer Group Repair Tool

This tool will identify and repair broken relationships between SCE computer groups and WSUS computer groups.

The executable to run is LinkDG.exe and can be found under %programfiles%\System Center Essentials (note: CMD run as administrator!)

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Essentials Server Cleanup Tool

When you need to cleanup an old installation after a failure or whatever the reason would be, it used to be pretty annoying to clean-up all ‘leftovers’ of SCE.  With this tool, all leftovers will be removed automatically.

%programfiles%\System Center Essentials Resource Kit and SCECleanUp.exe is the tool you can use

Essentials Server Migration Advisor

This tool will help you in migration your essentials install to another server or recover an essentials server from a backup.  Note that the location of the tool is not in the readme file (forgotten?) but you can find it under the %programfiles%\System Center Essentials directory and it is called MigrationAdvisor.exe

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Maintenance Mode Management Pack

This tool will make it easy for you to create maintenance mode schedules.  This can be extremely handy when you restart servers during the weekend or nights for whatever reason.

The name is ScheduleMaintenanceMode.exe and can be found under the %programfiles%\System Center Essentials location.

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Published Software Certificate Update Tool

This is a nice one.  This tool will remove the existing publishing certificate and recreate the rules for all managed computers.  It will also resign all locally published content with this new certificate. 

Since I upgraded from SCE 2007 to SCE 2010, and I needed to recreate all my packages that were build in SCE 2007 because they were signed with the old certificate, from before the upgrade, this is the tool I could use immediately.

Find it under %programfiles%\System Center Essentials and UpdatePublisherCert.exe

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The first time I had an error

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The error stated 2147942403 which I had no idea what it could mean.  After some research I found out that in the Essentials console I still had a reference to a package that was already deleted from disk.  After removing that one, I succeeded in the job

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Setup Log Parser

this tool will provide you with an easier to read format for the installation log files of SCE.

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You can find it under %programfiles%\System Center Essentials and SetupLogParser.exe

Enjoy,

Cheers,

Mike

Summer Campaign

7:26 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Vacation is started, sun is shining, and everybody is thinking, going or being on holiday.

We take it a little bit more slowly and start thinking about the next few months.  For this very reason, Microsoft is releasing a Summer Campaign that can get you up-to-date with the newest trends and technologies.

Below you can find the first topics:

MSDN: Visual Studio 2010 (NLFR)

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Technet: Cloud Computing Strategy (NLFR)

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Architects: Microsoft Cloud Continuum (EN)

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On this pages, you can find a lot of information to get you up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends in IT.  The information will prepare you for the future.

What I think is pretty cool is that they have divided the information in 3 different levels:

  • I only have half an hour of spare time
  • I have half a day
  • I have a full day

So no matter how much free time you can spend during your holidays, you still will be able to get the information you need.

This will be handy for all the people with summers that are booked full with activities (such as myself :-))

Enjoy the information

Cheers,

Mike