June 16, 2010

SCCM is supported on SQL Server 2008

A clean installation of ConfigMgr RTM on SQL Server 2008 is not supported. You should upgrade instead. If you upgrade the site server database to SQL 2008 you should apply the following hotfix:
For ConfigMgr RTM - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955229

A clean installation of ConfigMgr SP1 is supported but you should install the following hotfix:
For ConfigMgr SP1 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955262

what's new in OpsMgr R2?

Below are the new enhanced features of OpsMgr'07 R2-

1. Extends end to end monitoring of distributed applications to any workload running on Windows, Unix and Linux platforms.

2. Maximize availability of virtual workloads with integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

3. Improved management of applications in the data center . Delivers on the scale requirements of URL monitoring of your business.

4. Meet agreed service levels with enhanced reporting showing application performance and availability.

5. More efficient problem identification and action to resolve issues.

6. Increased speed of access to information and functionality to drive management . Faster load times for views and results.

7. Improved and simplified management pack authoring experience The Operations Manager 2007 R2 beta integrates the functionality delivered
within the Cross Platform Extensions Beta. New betas of the Interoperability Connectors will available shortly through the Operations Manager R2 Connect program.

Timeframe Decided for ConfigMgr R3

TAP Nominations Open - September 2009
Beta - January 2010
TAP Nominations close - February 2010
TAP Program commences - March 2010
RTM - December 2010