Configuration Manager with Jason Lewis

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  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard – Now in Beta Release!

    Help Customers Better Manage Software Deployments, Security Updates, IT Compliance, and More! Join the Beta Program The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers stay on top of application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status of computers...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Introduction to System Center Updates Publisher 2011

    Here is the first screencast in my new series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  The first screencast gives you a quick overview of what’s new in this version and what has changed since the last release.  Look for more screencast going more in-depth soon!  Enjoy! You can now...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Cleanup Software Updates

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Cleanup Software Updates. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager SP1 & R2 video!

    The link below is a video one of my co-workers (Bryan Keller) did at the end MMS last week. It covers some of the things we are working on for Configuration Manager SP1 & R2. Enjoy... http://edge.technet.com/Media/Whats-coming-in-System-Center-Configuration-Manager-with-Bryan-Keller/
  • Blog Post: System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 4.5 has Released!

    SCUP 4.5 has been released to the web and can be downloaded here . New in version 4.5 New command line tool (SCUPSync.exe) that allows for automatic import and publishing of updates. This tool will enable customers to synchronize full catalogs into their Configuration Manager environments without...
  • Blog Post: SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practices

    3/4/2011 - The SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practice document has been updated. Language information has been added to the "Defining Metadata" section. 11/15/2011 - The SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practice document has been updated.  The “Revising an update vs. new update” section has been...
  • Blog Post: How to setup SCUP and ConfigMgr 2007 to deploy custom updates

    I’ve met with a few customers over the past month that had similar questions regarding deploying custom updates. I wanted to write a quick high level summary on how to this in a small environment. First step is to setup System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to publish updates to your Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Create Software Update Bundles

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Create Software Update Bundles. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP – Publishing an Update

    Here is a new screencast covering SCUP.  Today’s topic is “SCUP – Publishing an Update”.  Don’t forget you can maximize the screen size to get a better view of the demo. Also here is a link to details steps on publishing an update.  Enjoy! To view this screencast in other formats visit...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Revise Software Updates

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Revise Software Updates. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: Screencast: DCM – Authoring Registry Key Objects

    Here is the next screencast in my Desired Configuration Management (DCM) series.  Today’s topic is “Authoring Registry Key Objects”. To view this screencast in other formats visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/dcm-authoring-registry-key-objects.aspx
  • Blog Post: New SCUP Catalog - Adobe Flash Player

    I happy to share with everyone that the Adobe Flash Player team has just released a new SCUP catalog.  The catalog contains the newest update for the Adobe Flash Player 10.1.  We should have this catalog in our partner catalog soon, but in the interim you can find it here: http://fpdownload...
  • Blog Post: System Center Updates Publisher 2011 has released!

    I’m happy to announce that we have released System Center Updates Publisher 2011 to the web today.  This release was primarily driven by customer feedback over the past year.  It all started last year at MMS (2010) where we got a lot of great feedback regarding the existing product.  Out...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: DCM - Introduction

    This is my first screencast on a new series, Desired Configuration Management.  We start off the new series with an introduction to DCM. Enjoy! To view this screencast in other formats visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/dcm-introduction.aspx
  • Blog Post: SCUP – Setting command line options for MSI/MSPs

    A common question I see frequently on forums and discussion groups is...  “What command line options should I use for MSI/MSP updates to allow them to install?”  The simple answer is usually nothing.  When installing MSI/MSPs through Windows Update Agent the silent install is already enabled...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Exchange 2007 Operational Configuration Pack

    This configuration pack contains configuration items intended to manage your Exchange Server 2007 server roles. The settings contained in this configuration pack are based on the results of service engagements by the IT Operational Excellence Organization, a part of the Microsoft Services division. ...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2010 next week…

    I would like to let everyone know that I will be attending the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) next week (April 19-23)  and I would love the meet with you if you are attended as well. If you would like to chat about SCUP, Configuration Packs or anything else Configuration Manager related email...
  • Blog Post: What is Catalog Updates and why should I use it…

    Catalog Updates is a feature in Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT) and System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) that allows you to maintain a list of catalogs. This list of catalog gains you two things, first the ability to detect when a catalog is updated by the vendor and secondly the ability to bulk...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Create Software Updates

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Create Software Updates. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Create Software Update Catalogs

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Create Software Update Catalogs. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011 - How to Publish Software Updates

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Publish Software Updates. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: Configuration Pack Documentation Best Practices

    The following are some best practices that should be followed when documenting configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. All configuration packs should include a word document that describes each configuration baseline, item, setting and rule...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP 2011- How to Define Applicability Rules

    Here is the next screencast in my series covering System Center Updates Publisher 2011.  This screencast gives you a in-depth look at How to Define Applicability Rules. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter @JLewisMS
  • Blog Post: System Center Updates Publisher Signing Certificate Requirements & Step-by-Step Guide

    Special thank you goes out to Minfang Lv, our SCUP Lead Tester, who wrote this step by step guide to creating your own signing certificate. System Center Update Publisher 2011 is an application that can be used with System Center Configuration Manager to deploy 3 rd party software updates: http://technet...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: SCUP – Publishing a Catalog

    Here is my next screencast in my SCUP series.  Today’s topic covers “SCUP – Publishing a Catalog”. Enjoy! To view this screencast in other formats visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/scup-publishing-a-catalog.aspx