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  • Blog Post: Does Configuration Manager Native Mode Have to Use a Single CA Hierarchy?

    [Today's post is contributed by Carol Bailey ] We've seen this question come up a few times, and the simple answer is no - as long as the communicating computers have a trust in common, and the correct certificates are used, native mode works just fine. This trust in common can use a single certification...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Using Internet-Only Client Management on the Intranet

    [Today's post is brought to you by Carol Bailey ] When you read the product documentation for using Internet-based client management in Configuration Manager 2007, you will see in the overview information that there are three different management states that a Configuration Manager client can be in...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue: Logging Information for Native Mode Certificate Selection

    [ Carol Bailey has contributed today's post] A couple of issues recently came to our attention from the TechNet forums with regard to native mode certificate selection when there is more than one available certificate that could be used: When a certificate in the certificate store has expired...
  • Blog Post: Clarifying: Native Mode Clients and the Server Locator Point (SLP)

    [Today's post is provided by Carol Bailey ] I see a lot of confusion about how and when native mode clients use a server locator point, so let's take a look at this for clarification. The product documentation tells you when and how to configure native mode clients for a server locator point, but...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: R.I.P. Native Mode

    As all Configuration Manager customers know, security is challenging and often requires complex setup configurations. Setting up a Certificate Authority, issuing certificates, and maintaining them can be a herculean task, and in most cases involves interacting with multiple teams in an organization....
  • Blog Post: Can I Use a Public CA for Configuration Manager Native Mode?

    [Today's post comes from Carol Bailey ] Many companies do not currently have their own public key infrastructure (PKI) with an issuing Certification Authority (CA) but still want to benefit from native mode and Internet-based client management - which has a dependency on PKI certificates. So a natural...