Random helpful stuff that I have found along the way

This site will primarily serve as my place to store links and info that I refer to alot as I work with MS customers.

Random helpful stuff that I have found along the way

  • MMS 2014 and beyond?

    It would appear not. Rod Trent blogged about it, Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurott talked about it this week as well. I have had the good fortune to speak at the past several MMS conferences and before that served as a member of staff. It was a great conference...
  • whoops

    Somehow managed to delete all of my comments on my blog.  Whoops!  Hopefully I’ll get some new ones to publish.
  • Content Routing in CM2012

    Here is some additional information on how the content routing function works in ConfigMgr 2012. If you use this feature make sure you document the routes that have been added/deleted.  Assume there is a CM2012 SP1 primary site (BLB) with two CM2012...
  • Inventory mapped drives in ConfigMgr 2012

    The ability to inventory mapped network drives was a common customer ask in ConfigMgr 2007 and SCCM Expert and some other folks provided free scripts and MOF edits to take care of this. But can this be done in ConfigMgr 2012? Mapped network drives...
  • When does Windows 8.1 and System Center 2012 R2 release?

    October 18! http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx Now you can get your upgrades and migrations done before the holiday season, not during!
  • An update to MS13-052

    There were issues reported for this update with ConfigMgr 2007 and 2012 when this update was original released.  An update was released this week http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2872041/en-us
  • Waiting on Dirsync

    If you start testing the integration of Intune with Configuration Manager 2012 you’ll likely spend time waiting for the Dirsync process to run. It runs every 3 hours by default which is OK for a production environment but when testing you want things...
  • MS13-052/KB2840628 may cause ConfigMgr issues

    Don't know that we have a formal announcement on an MS site yet, but there is some info on the possible issues here: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2013/07/15/configmgr-issues-with-ms13-052-kb2840628/ . This affects CM2007 and CM2012. If you have...
  • SQL edition for CAS - make the right choice at install!

    If you have a central administration site (CAS) in your Configuration Manager 2012 hierarchy, consider using SQL Enterprise for the CAS. If you use SQL standard, the support limit is 50,000 users and there is no supported method to change the SQL edition...
  • how to prevent cm2012 computers from auto resolving client issues?

    The ConfigMgr client has traditionally been a fairly passive component on computers. It gets policy on a schedule, it submits inventory, evaluates baselines etc but typically doesn't make any changes to the computer unless you tell it to. The ConfigMgr...
  • Pros and Cons of a cloud-based DP

    A customer asked about the benefits of using a Windows Azure-based distribution point. Great question! Pros : Content is encrypted by CM site before being sent Azure can be scaled up/down to meet increasing/decreasing demand supports BranchCache...
  • CU1 for ConfigMgr 2012 is out!

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717295 Issues that are fixed Administrator Console When a new distribution point is added to a package that contains more than 100 existing distribution points, the new distribution point cannot be added...
  • Inventory data for offline clients

    ConfigMgr client computers that are powered on but are not connected to the corporate network will continue to execute hardware and software inventory processes as scheduled and will store the data locally. Once the client is able to connect to the ConfigMgr...
  • include vs exclude collection - who wins?

    In ConfigMgr 2012 you can have include collections to include members and you can have exclude collections to exclude members. Makes sense, right? But what happens if a collection member (could be a computer or a user) exists in both collections, the...
  • Mastering ConfigMgr 2012 book

    Finally got my copies of the book (Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager) from the publisher, which reminded me I needed to put something on my blog about the book. I was the technical editor for the book and I wrote the chapter on role-based...
  • hello live writer!

    ok, enough with doing blog posts in IE. Now setup to use Live Writer, making my random helpful stuff entries easier to post!
  • ConfigMgr 2012 console in read-only mode?

    After installing a primary under a central admin site you may get the following message when attempting to open the console at the primary site level: "Your Configuration Manager console is in read-only mode while this site completes tasks related to...
  • What happened to appdeploy.com?

    I have recommended the appdeploy.com web site to countless customers over the year as THE software packaging reference site. Now, that url takes you to itninja.com and it looks like Dell has done their best to turn a great site into something not nearly...
  • SQL memory allocation

    During the Configuration Manager Risk Assessment Program (RAP) offering that MS Premier provides to customers one issue we look for, and usually find, is the fact that SQL memory has not been limited. Now, on a production SQL server that may not be an...
  • Security Compliance Manager 2.5 is out

    Been using the beta for a while, now the 2.5 RTM is available here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc835245 . Not sure what SCM is? Come see our Instructor Led Labs and Breakout Session on Security Compliance Manager at MMS! #mms2012
  • If you have read my blog....

    ...and found anything here that is useful please consider making a tax deductible donation to the bike ride (the MS150) I am doing in a few weeks to support Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The ride is May 4-5 in the North Texas area and we will ride over 150...
  • What are the high availability options for ConfigMgr 2012?

    If you have worked with SMS/ConfigMgr over the years you understand that the product is continually evolving and adding more functionality. In many companies, ConfigMgr is, or is close to becoming, a core critical IT service. With the said, what are the...
  • Are you a ConfigMgr admin in need of a job?

    A customer I work with alot has an opening in their Oklahoma City location for a ConfigMgr administrator. They are great folks, they are aggressive with new technology and this would be a great opportunity for the right person. If you have an interest...
  • ConfigMgr 2012: when "All Systems" really means ALL Systems

    Configuration Manager has (and has had for a very long time) the 'All Systems' collection. It contains discovered computers as well as actual clients. In ConfigMgr 2012, what you see in this collection (especially at 'child' primary sites) may be a bit...
  • Configuration Manager 2012 migration workshop - coming soon!

    This week we are putting together the final touches on the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager migration and application deployment workshop that my group at Microsoft (Premier Field Engineering) will be offering soon (hopefully within...