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FCS Enterprise Manager? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Just downloaded and installed the FCS Enterprise Manager. I installed it in my test environment, over an exsiting FCS setup. After running the setup I went back into the server and couldn't find any "Enterprise Manager" console. I did go back into my FCS Console and it was good to start except all my policies were gone.

     

    Any ideas where I might have gone wrong?

    Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:38 PM

Answers

  • Hi Sandy

     

    You've not done anything wrong Smile

     

    The server you have designated as the Enterprise Manager uses the normal FCS console, but the data will include everything from the lower down servers aggregated centrally. It looks and feels much the same as before

     

    In terms of the policies, have a read of the doc link below, on this section re policies. You must manage your policies from the enterprise manager server, and the way these works changes a little... Also remember that data from "pre enterprise manager" does not get copied/moved in, it starts from the point of the install

     

    Enterprise Admin Guide, covering Policies - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896622.aspx

    also have a read on here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896633.aspx as you said that installed over the top of an existing setup, the MS recommendations are that it is seperate, and clients don't report into it. Think of it only as a way of bringing data together for policy mgmt & reporting, the clients themselves don't talk into enterprise manager, only the other FCS servers.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    cheers

    Chris

     

    Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:28 PM

All replies

  • Hi Sandy

     

    You've not done anything wrong Smile

     

    The server you have designated as the Enterprise Manager uses the normal FCS console, but the data will include everything from the lower down servers aggregated centrally. It looks and feels much the same as before

     

    In terms of the policies, have a read of the doc link below, on this section re policies. You must manage your policies from the enterprise manager server, and the way these works changes a little... Also remember that data from "pre enterprise manager" does not get copied/moved in, it starts from the point of the install

     

    Enterprise Admin Guide, covering Policies - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896622.aspx

    also have a read on here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb896633.aspx as you said that installed over the top of an existing setup, the MS recommendations are that it is seperate, and clients don't report into it. Think of it only as a way of bringing data together for policy mgmt & reporting, the clients themselves don't talk into enterprise manager, only the other FCS servers.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    cheers

    Chris

     

    Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:28 PM
  • Thanks for the good info Chris. Since I sent the question I decided it was a good time to read the documentation in depth and I ran across the part about installing on top of an existing setup. We're going to be a single-server setup with only 800-900 clients total so I dont' think the Enterprise Manager feature will be of any extra value to us.

     

    I had this notion that this was going to be a single-point-of-management kind of console and I installed it in excitement and in haste. Goes to show it pays to read the docs first!

     

    Right now I'm totally redoing the server, formatting and all to make sure any changes I've done don't make me live to regret them. I've only got a about 20 test systems running in our environment so I'm hoping they'll be able to re-connect when the installation is done.

     

    Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:38 PM
  • Hi, good stuff - it definitely does sound like you wont need enterprise manager, it's for the real big deployments only, or people who have multiple FCS deployments and want some central management !

     

    The next version of FCS with the Stirling Beta will start to give you centralised management of multi-products, you can take a look at https://www.microsoft.com/forefront/stirling/en/us/default.aspx the Management console is rather different, but you can manage Forefront for Exchange in the same GUI Smile

     

     

     

    Friday, April 18, 2008 7:12 AM