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  • Blog Post: Mainstream support for SMS 2003 will end on January 12, 2010

    Mainstream support for SMS 2003 will end on January 12th, 2010.  On January 12, 2010, SMS 2003 will be entering the extended phase of support. What is the difference between Mainstream Support, Extended Support, and online self-help support? Source: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy Note...
  • Blog Post: Managing System Center Configuration Manager clients in a workgroup

    When managing SMS or SCCM clients that are in a workgroup, clients will need access to a WINS server the contains the proper entries for the SMS/SCCM site systems.  If a WINS is not available, as an alternative you can edit the LMHOSTS and HOSTS files on each client to allow for name resolution...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007: How to inventory mapped drives

    I was asked a few days ago if ConfigMgr or SMS could inventory mapped drives, and while the answer is yes we don't do it by default. In effect we report the logical disk but not mapped drives. In order to inventory mapped drives we first need to extend the sms_def.mof.  Mapped drives are in the...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007 Patchinstall command line switches

    Do you use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or SMS 2003 and wonder what all the switches for PatchInstall are?  If so then Steve Rachui has the information you need as he documents everything from /F to /Z and everything in between.  Check out his intro and a link below: ======== A...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

    Yesterday I mentioned that SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now supported for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007 but as an interesting side note did you know that if you move to SP3 of SQL 2005 you're still not at the latest patch level?  There's actually a Cumulative Update out for SP3 so you should install SP3...
  • Blog Post: Heads up on a few recent SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007 KB articles

    I've been out for a while due to the winter break so I'm still trying to get caught up on all the things I've missed, and part of that includes all the new Knowledge Base articles we published over the last few weeks.  There are far too many to discuss each one individually but I've got the list...
  • Blog Post: Notification of revised WSUSScn2.cab released on 02/10/2010

    Today the WU/MU team released a revised WSUSSCN2.CAB file. This new cab file addresses missing files for bulletin MS012-012 for Windows 2000 for the following language platforms only: Czech Denmark Greek Finland Hungary Italy Norway Polish Portuguese-Brazil Portuguese Russia Turkish If you do not use...
  • Blog Post: Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-12 through 10-18

    We had two updated Knowledge Base articles for the week.  Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN 941820 - NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing does not work correctly on a computer that is running the SMS 2003 Service Pack 3 Advanced Client Published - Updated Sys Center Operation...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting patch installation issues on SMS 2003 ITMU with Exit Code 32788

    I thought of blogging this information as it took a little bit of time to identify the root cause of the issue and I didn’t see it documented publicly anywhere.  Hopefully if you run into the same issue this will help you find a quick solution. Symptom: Patch installation fails with the following...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Supported Platforms for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007

    This should go out in an updated Knowledge Base article within the next couple days but I figured I’d give all of you an advanced, sneak preview anyway. Below are our updated statements regarding supported platforms for Systems Management Server 2003 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007: ...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007: The "Deployable to SMS 2003" property is not available for new available updates

    Today's ConfigMgr 2007 tip comes from Buz Brodin, a top gun Senior Support Escalation Engineer who works out of our North Carolina office. If you're running into issues deploying updates to SMS 2003 clients and the "Deployable to SMS 2003" property for new updates is set to No then check this out: ...
  • Blog Post: Six new Configuration Manager/SMS Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 06/20/2009

    We had five new Knowledge Base articles for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 last week and one for SMS 2003: I won’t go into the details of each but you can check out the article titles and links below: ======== KB971225 - Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are...
  • Blog Post: Notification of revised WSUSScn2.cab released on 08/03/2009

    This afternoon the WU/MU team released a revised WSUSSCN2.CAB file. This new cab file address several reported issues with last Tuesday’s release of the security bulletins MS09-034 and MS09-035. Most of these problems were limited in nature, but we recommend that .cab users download and run this newer...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Monthly Recurring Advertisement Schedule incorrectly skips the month of November

    Here's a heads up on a particularly odd issue we've begun to see with SMS. If you're wondering why your recurring advertisements haven't run since the Daylight Savings Time updates then this is probably why. Special thanks to our own Buz Brodin for his work and for writing this up: ======== Issue...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scan fails with WSUSScn2.CAB released on June 23rd

    We’ve seen some issues reported over the past couple of days where the SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scan is failing on some or all clients with code 87 (The parameter is incorrect). When this occurs, the SMSWusHandler.log contains entries similar to the following on the failure: ERROR: UpdateSearcher:...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Windows XP SP3 install fails with no errors

    Are you using Systems Management Server 2003 to roll out Windows XP Service Pack 3 to your clients?  Have you noticed any that didn’t install yet also didn’t report any errors?  If so and you’re using an old Intel wireless driver then this may be your issue: Issue: When trying to distribute...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now supported for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007

    Just a quick FYI that the Configuration Manager team recently completed testing and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is now officially supported as a site database for the following products: Systems Manager Server 2003 Service Pack 3 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 transitions to extended support

    As we mentioned here last month, mainstream support for SMS 2003 ends on January 12, 2010.  Well that date came a went this week so I just wanted to remind everybody that SMS 2003 has now entered the Extended Support phase of it's life.  Jeff Wettlaufer, Senior Technical Product Manager for...
  • Blog Post: Notification of revised WSUSScn2.cab released on 4/14/2009

    In yesterdays (4/14/2009) initial WSUSScn2.cab release from the MU/WU team, there was an issue causing the update for KB923561 for the Czechoslovakian language to be incorrectly detected and offered. This issue was addressed and a revision to this update was published. This revision also caused a new...
  • Blog Post: Two new Knowledge Base articles available

    Last week we had one new ConfigMgr 2007 article and one new SMS 2003 based KB.  The links and titles are below: ======== KB961726 - Available command line switches for PatchInstall.exe Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN  EN-US KB956944 - Error message when you use the System Center Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007: Status Message 2407 in SMS_SQL_MONITOR after upgrade from SMS 2003

    Today's tip comes from a Ryan Anderson , a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in our Texas office.  If you're getting 2407's after an upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 then Ryan may have your solution: ======== Issue: After upgrading from SMS 2003 SP2 or SP3 to the Select version...