RSAT for Windows 7 RTM is available for download

The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 RTM have been released to microsoft.com. These include the Hyper-V tools for remote management of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Once you install the update, you can enable one or more of the following tools from the Control Panel under Programs, Turn Windows features on or off.

Download Here : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released

SP1 has now been officially released and supported!!
Read all about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/mobile
All the resource kits tools have also been refreshed, see the downloads below!Key Features and Benefits:
Mobile Device Manager 2008 enables efficient control of Windows Mobile 6.1 devices by providing reliable, low-cost, and consistent manageability, easy integration with your existing Microsoft infrastructure, and secure access to the corporate network.
SP1 is designed to cost-effectively support large-scale deployments of Mobile Device Manager with new features and enhancements:

• Multiple Instance: Supports deployments where multiple points of control are required within a single forest.
• PIN Reset: Allows users to request a PIN reset on their device. (details here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd252841.aspx )
• Enrollment Auto Discovery: Facilitates easier self-service enrollments.
• Runs with Windows Server 2008: Provides support for Windows Server 2008 Active Directory functional level.
• Performance/Scalability: Increased system capacity.
• Virtualization: Provides Hyper-V testing support using Windows Server 2003 as a guest OS.

Information:
Get the evaluation here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc339027.aspx
Great must-read "What’s New" overview:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd261938.aspx
Updated SP1 TechNet documentation appears to be slowly published here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd261783.aspx

Downloads:
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 SP1 Evaluation Edition – 120 day
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 SP1 Evaluation Edition is a system that enables Windows Mobile devices to become managed and authenticated members of the IT infrastructure of an organization.

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 SP1 MSDN
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 SP1 MSDN is a system that enables Windows Mobile devices to become managed and authenticated members of the IT infrastructure of an organization.

Mobile Device Manager 2008 SP1 MP for OpsMgr 2007 v1.0.2430.0
This Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager Service Pack 1 (MDM SP1) 2008 Management Pack provides proactive monitoring of your Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 SP1 environment.

MDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit Tools – Password Reset Client v1.0
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) Password Reset Client provides a .cab file that you install on Windows Mobile 6.1 devices enrolled in MDM so that users can use the password reset feature in MDM.

MDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit Tools – Reporting Services v2.0
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 Server Pack 1 (SP1) Reporting Services provides a reporting and data access service across all areas of an MDM system.

MDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit Tools – Server Tools v2.0
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Server Tools provides tools to help administrators manage deployment and cleanup tasks in an MDM system.

MDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit Tools – Best Practices Analyzer v2.0
Best Practices Analyzer Tool for System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) helps you analyze a group of servers to determine if the prerequisites and best practices are met for MDM deployment.

MDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit Tools – Client Tools v2.0
System Center Mobile Device Manager (MDM) 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Client Tools provides tools to help administrators troubleshoot connections and monitor device synchronization for Windows Mobile devices as part of an MDM system.

Microsoft launches System Center Mobile Device Manager

Microsoft announced at CTIA Wireless 2008 the immediate availability of System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 and plans for a Microsoft Mobile Services Plan (MMSP) to be available from mobile operators worldwide. Together with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1, the software and services provide the best solution for midsize and large businesses to manage and help protect Windows Mobile phones.“With Microsoft’s mobile solutions, businesses now have the power, control and flexibility over how they deliver information to their employees on the go,” said John O’Rourke, general manager, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft. “Together with our partners, we’re helping enterprises extend their reach like never before.”

Microsoft saw positive response to early trial programs for Mobile Device Manager. Companies across the financial, manufacturing and professional services industries also requested that mobile operators deliver a core set of software and services to help businesses meet their management needs.

A study conducted by Microsoft with large and midsize organizations showed businesses would like to move beyond their current mobile solutions to offer more sophisticated services. Mobile Device Manager meets their needs by offering the following benefits:

• Features to manage phones with the same ease and flexibility as Windows-based PCs, addressing IT priorities for saving resources and protecting information

• Capability to help protect sensitive business files and e-mails, contacts and other information through file and storage card encryption on the phone should it be lost or stolen

• Ability to access more of the information mobile workers need for staying on top of their jobs via a mobile virtual private network, which provides security-enhanced access to company data and application updates over the air

Mobile Services Plan Enriches End-to-End Experience

Today leading operators AT&T, O2, Orange, TaTa Teleservices Ltd. and Verizon Wireless announced they are in discussions with Microsoft to deliver the Microsoft Mobile Services Plan. MMSP is a set of core software and services that provides a uniform experience across Windows Mobile 6.1 phones, whether working with one or more operators, saving time and resources so companies can focus on other areas of mobility. Beginning later in 2008, operators plan to offer a subscription plan that will bring businesses the following:

• A corporate-grade network and data plan to support enterprise applications and services to help people get work done with the responsiveness they expect from the network and the efficient use of battery power they want on their phones

• A package from mobile operators, including access rights to Mobile Device Manager as well as the advanced mobile management features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Microsoft Services Premier Support and Software Assurance for Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Office Mobile running on Windows Mobile 6.1-based phones.

Fast-Growing Network of Partners Open for Business

Responding to the opportunity created by Mobile Device Manager and complementing the MMSP, a large network of global partners are ready to integrate and deploy into existing systems as well as create custom solutions for businesses. Among the first companies that worked with Microsoft to support early trial programs are AT&T Inc., EDS, Enterprise Mobile, HP, O2, Orange, SAT Corp. and Verizon Wireless.

“Given AT&T’s leadership in the Windows Mobile space, AT&T is excited that Mobile Device Manager is now a reality for our enterprise customers,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Marketing and Operations for AT&T’s wireless unit. “Every day, mobile devices become more ubiquitous throughout the enterprise, and the need to securely manage those devices, data and applications is critical for IT organizations. Through our early adopter trials, our customers are responding positively to AT&T’s deployment and optimization plans for Mobile Device Manager and are eager to adopt the first end-to-end wireless-focused enterprise solution that can maximize their investments in Microsoft technology.”

A wave of Windows Mobile 6.1 phones and operator networks supporting Mobile Device Manager is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2008 from Alltel Wireless, ASUS, AT&T, HP, HTC Corp., i-mate, Intermec Inc., Motorola, O2, Orange, Palm Inc., Pantech, Samsung, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Sprint, Tata Teleservices Ltd., TELUS, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless.

Read more at the System Center Mobile Device Manager Site :

Also Microsoft has posted a few tools to deploy and troubleshoot System Center Mobile Device Manager :
• MDM Self Service Portal
• MDM Server Tools
• MDM Client Tools
• MDM Best Practices Analyzer Tool

These tools can be found at Technet

For a Demo of System Center Mobile Device Manager please take a look at this video:
Mobile Device Manager Demo

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008

Jason Langridge held a webcast yesterday evening on System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008. After request, he posted them to the web. You can download them here. It also contained some nice screenshots of the current build, still called “Codename Yona”:

SC Mobile Device Manager: Screenshot #1
SC Mobile Device Manager: Screenshot #2
SC Mobile Device Manager: Screenshot #3

The presentation containes more screenshots and information. Check it out:

System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008