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  • Blog Post: Deploying Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) with ConfigMgr

    I was approached by a colleague who specialises in Office about this particular tool and thought I would post my findings from playing about with it in my test environment. It will probably be fairly obvious from reading this post that I know very little about Office; in fact I'm a pretty basic user...
  • Blog Post: PKI – Let’s make it Secure

    Post three of what currently stands at a 4 part introduction to Public Key Infrastructure from my colleague Jason Wallace. Jason is laying the foundations to cover some ConfigMgr related certificatary (I know that's not really a word, but it's the end of a very long hot day and I need to amuse myself...
  • Blog Post: Are My Backups Really Taking Place?

    Something which I have seen as a recurring theme a few times with customers is with backups failing and them not realising. While, of course we would always recommend that you have a test environment with some Hyper-V images where you can always test restores, for some customers this is not possible...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 Released

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  • Blog Post: PKI - Let's Keep it Secret

    Over here in Thames Valley Park, myself and a few colleagues attended a brilliant session on Intel vPRO, in particular, playing about with AMT (Active Management Technology) which integrates with Configuration Manager under the Out Of Band Management banner. One of the upshots of this session was...
  • Blog Post: Software Deployment to Barely Connected Users

    In a world where high-speed Internet connections are ubiquitous, even laptop computers can be expected to have some form of regular connection to the Internet or corporate network. However in the past few months the same scenario has cropped up in conversations with customers: How to include computers...
  • Blog Post: Managing Updates and Revisions in your System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager environment

    Managing Updates and Revisions in your Virtual Machine Manager Environment I’ve recently spent some time at one of my favourite* customers (* they have a freezer full of free ice creams) who happen to have a very large SCVMM environment. One of the admin headaches they have is ensuring their...
  • Blog Post: Disabling User Program Notification for Virtual Applications

    I’ve been sitting on this for a little while, partly due to getting confirmation I wasn’t doing anything unsupported, partly because I haven’t had time and partly a couple of other reasons I won’t go in to! The good news is I have finally found the time to write it up and...
  • Blog Post: Improving ConfigMgr Console Performance - Disable TechCenter Homepage

    In Configuration Manager 2007 does it take a while for the console to start? If so, then this little tip will help. The Console home page attempts to connect to Microsoft whenever you open up the console. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc431367.aspx To prevent the System Center Configuration...
  • Blog Post: What Accounts Should I Be Using?

    Something which I have seen recently on a few occasions is that customers using the same credentials for ConfigMgr Client Push account and the Network Access Account. Sometimes, for simplicity sake the account is even a member of Domain Admins. It’s actually really important that these two needs...
  • Blog Post: Useful ConfigMgr Resources (Updated)

    A while back (2 years to be precise) Saud posted a list of resources to do with ConfigMgr. Below is a well overdue update to that list: ConfigMgr Resources/Information: Learning : TechCenter on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/default.aspx Features (Technical Content...
  • Blog Post: Testing SLP Availability

    Hi all, A quick one from me. Ever had site discovery issues on your client machine? You can stick one of the following into your web browser to confirm that the Server Locator Point is up and running: If you use AD Sites for boundaries http://<slp>/ sms_slp/slp.dll?site&ad...
  • Blog Post: PKI – It’s a trust Thing!

    Part 4 of what currently still stands at a four part series. But I have high hopes for further posts. I was going to start off the intro to this blog by congratulating Jason on avoiding falling into the cliché trap of using Bob & Alice and all their cryptographic friends but you will quickly...
  • Blog Post: A subnet by any other name...

    There has been a lot of discussion recently around boundaries in Configuration Manager...do you use ranges or subnets? All ranges or all subnets? What about AD sites? The ConfigMgr product team as put out blog on this here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/03/01/when-not-to-use-ip...
  • Blog Post: Using SCCM Local Policy to Selectively Restrict App-V Integration

    I am sure my customer are not alone in their desire to control the way in which Configuration Manager takes ownership of Virtual Application delivery to clients on a network. I hope this entry is able to help a few more of you: Because the change to enable virtual application delivery in ConfigMgr...
  • Blog Post: Preventing PXE Boot on Servers and Other Critical Client Systems Using MACIgnoreListFile

    Following on from my last post here’s another method you can implement to protect specific clients in your environment. There is a documented but seemingly little known setting in the registry of the PXE Service Point Role in Configuration Manager. MACIgnoreListFile allows you to have a list...