Update Windows 2000 and 2003 MPs

While most of the recent posts are about the Windows 2008 MPs there are updates for 200o and 2003 as well. The Group Policy MP is split into 2 downloads – 1 for 2008 and 1 for 2003 so that makes it easy to spot. But there are updates for the previous versions of Windows Server in the

Terminal Services MP and the Windows Server OS  MP

There is also the Microsoft Windows Key Management Service MP which is also for 2003 as well as 2008. The previous version was a MOM 2005 MP.

For the GP MP (6.0.6278.22) it seems that the only new bit about it is

Coexists with the Microsoft Windows DHCP Server 2008 MP by supporting the new view folder hierarchy present in the GP 2008 MP

With some known issues and exclusions – always good to read the guide!

It is recommended that the GPMP be installed in conjunction with the Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) and the Domain Name Service Management Pack (DNSMP) to provide an administrator with all available rules to monitor a Group Policy infrastructure. If you use ADMP with this MP, disable the Active Directory – UserEnv Processing Rule Groups. There are 66 Processing rules in the ADMP that contain UserEnv events that are also called by the GPMP.

The Windows 2000 Group Policy engine generates events under a single event ID (1000). This version of the GPMP does not target Group Policy events triggered by Windows Server 2000 because this management pack does not parse strings for Group Policy core infrastructure.

The Group Policy Management Pack is not localized; all text and data are displayed in English when used with a Windows Server 2003 operating system of another language.

This management pack does not provide automated self-healing (anti-alert) features; the user must manually resolve the alert.

The following will not be monitored and are determined to be out of scope for this management pack:

  • Monitoring the deployment and application of Group Policy on Windows 2000.
  • Monitoring the deployment and application of Group Policy on Windows XP.
  • The following Group Policy components will not be monitored:
    • IE Maintenance client-side extension
    • IPSEC client-side extension
    • Wireless client-side extension
    • RSoP Planning Mode Provider
    • RIS client-side extension
    • EFS/Certs
    • Software Restriction
    • PKI
    • OoS Packet Scheduler

For the Terminal Services MP (6.0.6278.22) the changes are

Terminal servers running Windows 2000 Server use the following role services:

· Terminal Server: With the Terminal Server role service, a server can host Microsoft Windows–based programs or the full Windows desktop. Users can connect to a terminal server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server.

· TS Licensing: Terminal Services Licensing (TS Licensing) manages the Terminal Services client access licenses (TS CALs) that are required for each device or user to connect to a terminal server. You use TS Licensing to install, issue, and monitor the availability of TS CALs on a Terminal Services license server.

Windows Server 2003 adds the following role service:

· Session Directory: The Terminal Services Session Directory service tracks sessions on terminal servers running Windows Server 2003 and ensures that client computers connect to their existing sessions.

For Windows Server Base (6.0.6278.22) – what’s new

Added version specific notations to the names of the performance collection rules to reduce ambiguity, specifically when search for rules by name.
Added a new task to leverage the new “Admin” switch of the remote desktop connection tool.  More detail is provided in the “Troubleshooting” section.

And updated

Updated the logical drive discoveries to omit mapped network drives.
Addressed an issue with the Logical Disk Free Space to prevent it from looking like the thresholds were set incorrectly.
The state of the configuration of a server now reflects the state of its operating system as well.
Fixed an issue with the Server Service Configuration Health monitor which prevented it from ever generating an alert.

The nice thing is that the MPs are all separate with one for 2000, one for 2003 and one for 2008 along with the library MP. So you only need import the MP that you need. Although the nice thing about 2007 compared to 2005 is how easy it is to delete an MP.

And an improvement that I requested to have the reports listed in the MP guide is there are well. You document guys just need to add details about what rules are collecting the data for each report and what objects you need to target to get the report to show data and I will be a lot happier. 🙂

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