New System Center book & SC troubleshooting tool

This is an exciting week for System Center. First there is a new tool released by Microsoft called System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer (SCCA). The System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer works these System Center products in the stack:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • Service Manager
  • Orchestrator (plus Service Provider Foundation)
  • Configuration Manager
  • Data Protection Manager (DPM)

     

     

    It can be used to asses the health of  your System Center install and help in troubleshooting. Here is the link to download it: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36796 . This is for SP1 only. Before you install the SCCA you need to install the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA). The SCCA  documentation and installer says you need to install the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.1 but 2.1 does not exist. Just install 2.0. 

    You can download the MBCA 2.0 here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16475 .

    For more information on the System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer visit:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj992580.aspx

     

    Now on to even more exciting news. The new System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleashed book has been published!

     

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    This book contains information about SP1 along with tons of great content on SCOM 2012. It was authored by three solid Microsoft System Center Cloud and Data Center Management MVPs including Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner. 

    The authors provide up-to-date best practices for planning, installation, migration, configuration, administration, security, compliance, dashboards, forecasting, backup/recovery, management packs, monitoring including .NET monitoring, PowerShell automation, and much more. I will be picking up my copy soon!

    You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/System-Operations-Manager-Unleashed-Edition/dp/0672335913

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