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    2. System Center Essentials 2007: Overview Speaker Name Microsoft Corporation MMS310

    3. Session Objectives And Takeaways Session Objective(s) Understand why Microsoft created Essentials 2007 Provide an overview of product features and architecture Understand prerequisites and configuration

    4. Mid Market IT Challenges

    5. System Center Essentials 2007 Unified solution for midsize businesses (50-500 PCs, Up to 30 Servers)

    6. Simple setup Unified management experience Comprehensive monitoring Update management Software and hardware inventory Integrated reporting Software deployment Remote management support

    7. System Center Family Of Products

    8. Customer Evidence VIDEO

    9. Unified Experience Centralized computer views with tasks, health inventory, deployment status Summary Reports for your Computer Groups Automated Daily Health Report E-Mail Powerful grouping methods for dynamic or static membership In-line reports for availability, performance, inventory, software and update deployments Multi-factor health model combining monitoring, updates and software status

    10. Proactive Management Complete monitoring, with knowledge and in-line tasks for servers, desktops, network devices and hardware Automated update synchs with auto-deployments Software Distribution via Automatic Updates or Add/ Remove Programs Troubleshooting with diagnostic tasks and reporting Add custom monitoring using management pack templates Hardware and software asset inventory and reporting Network topology and monitoring of devices

    11. A “Day In The Life” With System Center Essentials DEMO

    12. What's New In SP1? Support for Managing workgroup-joined computers Monitoring SNMPv1 network devices Multiple auto-approval rules in update management 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 Running Essentials 2007 on Windows Server 2008 Management packs for Windows Server 2008 Improved Backup and disaster recovery guidance Management pack quality Performance, usability, and supportability

    13. System Architecture

    14. Monitoring Essentials uses same management packs as Operations Manager, customized for mid-market environments Rules marked “OnEssentialMonitoring” as the “enabled” property are active out-of-the-box 30-50% of rules are disabled (simple to enable) Things that are disabled not “OnEssentialMonitoring” Rules requiring configuration Exchange SMTP mail flow Highly-specialized performance rules Disk Reads Per Second MP Guides available, allowing overrides to enable Monitoring of SNMP-enabled network devices Including interfaces on routers and switches

    15. Monitoring Architecture

    16. Network Monitoring Support for monitoring your key network devices including SNMP-based Switches Routers Printers Wireless Access Points Non-Windows hardware devices Built-in monitoring knowledge and diagnostic tasks to identify key network issues Availability Performance Configuration Scalable up to 100 network devices

    17. Essentials Management Packs Microsoft client platform and applications Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista client platform Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 Windows Explorer, Windows Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Outlook Express, Windows Live Messenger Microsoft server applications Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Windows Server platforms Microsoft Windows Server 2000 and 2003 platforms Internet Information Services Active Directory Terminal Services Windows SharePoint Services 2003 For the complete list, see

    18. Authoring Essentials allows you to customize monitoring to your needs Management pack templates Windows Service Web Application Recorder TCP Port Monitoring OLE DB Data sources Overrides Adjust rules and monitors to customize or disable monitoring Distributed Application modeling

    19. Monitoring And Troubleshooting DEMO

    20. Intel® Management Packs Intel® Management Packs Intel® Server Management Pack Intel® Active Management Technology Management Pack Intel® Modular Server Management Pack

    21. Intel Management Pack DEMO

    22. Update Management Microsoft update management capabilities built on WSUS technology Support for additional Microsoft content including Drivers (user-defined selection, e.g., “Dell”) QFEs and hotfixes Third-party updates support Import updates from third-party Web sites Create updates and patches for line of business applications Multi member group support for flexible targeting and deployment Customizable views with find and search support for locating updates Update compliance reporting “Big Red Button” immediate installation feature

    23. Update Architecture

    24. Software Distribution Deploy software applications to client and server computers Support for MSI and EXE applications Simple 3-step application install wizard Parameters defaulted requiring minimal knowledge to deploy software Flexible deployment mechanisms Deployment status reporting Troubleshooting tasks and views Install now support Easily uninstall applications

    25. Software Distribution Architecture

    26. Inventory HW and SW inventory attributes 100 points – WMI properties 5 points for SW – Add/Remove Programs CAB file distributed from WSUS server Inventory is reported 22 hours, only if a change in inventory is detected Inventory collection cannot be customized (signed inventory rules CAB file) Inventory Reports accessible via Computers or Reports spaces Detailed Video Card data including video RAM Troubleshooting Inventory collection “Collect Inventory Now” Task Wuauclt –detectnow on client

    27. Inventory Architecture

    28. Automating Management With System Center Essentials DEMO

    29. Ease Of Deployment Simple 10-click setup Integrated install of monitoring, change and configuration management, and databases Interactive prerequisite checker to analyze readiness Flexible SQL Server configurations (remote versus local) Out-of-the-box wizards to configure Essentials 2007 for your environment Upgrade Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and 3.0 Migration support for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

    30. Topologies Single Server (all-in-one)

    31. Topologies

    32. Post-Setup Configuration Wizard-driven experience for Feature configuration Computer and Device Discovery Update Management configuration

    33. Essentials 2007 Group Policy DEMO

    34. Essentials 2007 Resources All information about System Center Essentials is available at Self-help Resources Essentials Wiki Blogs

    36. Backup

    37. Software Requirements The Essentials Server requires Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 (x86 and x64) Active Directory SQL Server 2005 SP1 Internet Information Services 6.0 .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 Managed computers require Windows 2000 Pro SP4, Windows XP SP2 (x86 and x64), Windows Vista (x86 and x64) Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1 or R2 (x86 and x64) Can be virtual computers! The Essentials management console and databases may be installed on remote systems separate from the server

    38. Hardware Requirements Server Memory: 1 GB min, 2 GB recommended HD space: 11.5 GB min, 20 GB recommended Processor: 1.8 GHz min, 2.8 GHz recommended Console-only installation Memory: 512 MB min, 1 GB recommended HD space: 512 MB Processor: 1.0 GHz min, 2.8 GB recommended Agent Requirements identical to Operating System

    39. Planning For Capacity Hard disk space Essentials operational and reporting database 4 GB each (Express will limit to 4 GB) WSUS DB can grow beyond 2 GB Update content can grow beyond 6 GB Performance Remote console strongly recommended For managing environments over 100 computers, remote DB required SQL Express only suitable for up to 100 clients

    40. Branch Office Considerations Multiple domain support Essentials support managing systems in multiple domains provided they are in the same forest Bandwidth awareness All Essentials file-based transfer traffic leverages BITS for bandwidth awareness and resume support BITS peer caching Updates/software packages can be downloaded once across the WAN by leveraging peer caching enabled in Windows Vista clients All other clients will download the package from the peer Peer caching can be enabled via group policy

    41. Mobile User Support Windows Update agent configured to use MU when connection to Essentials server is unavailable Operations Manager agent stores data in queue; uploads data when Essentials 2007 server is available Recoveries continue to run when disconnected Maintenance mode can be used to ignore heartbeat failures; can be scheduled

    42. Feature Comparison With OpsMgr 2007

    43. Feature Comparison With ConfigMgr 2007

    44. Pricing And Licensing Essentials 2007 Retail and Volume Licensing (Open, Select, EA) Base Server: $2000 (ERP), supports 10 Servers/50 Desktops Optional Base Server with SQL Server for $2929 Additional Server Management Licenses: [Up to 30 servers] 1 or 5 servers at $100 per server (ERP) Additional Client Management Licenses: [Up to 500 desktops] 5 or 20 clients at $20 per client (ERP) OEM (Exclusively through Intel System Builder Channel), include Single Server Edition (included in System Board) – Free Small Network Edition (5 Servers/10 Desktops) – $600 upgrade Standard Edition (10 Servers/50 Desktops) – $2000 upgrade