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  • Blog Post: CM TechDay Additional Content

    Hi All, This post is meant as a reference to additional content for those that attended our TechDay on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager last week. That said, the resources below may be generally useful for anyone working on Configuration Manager. First up we have Ricky Simpson's...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr and Powershell

    Hello, This is my first blog post so I thought I would make it something vaguely interesting (to certain people). Powershell has been around for a while, though for most ConfigMgr people it remains a dark area. This is primarily due to the lack of samples explaining how to access the ConfigMgr WMI...
  • 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: Client Network Traffic tests

    These postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rights. The following information is for example purposes only. Do not rely on this information for a production deployment. These are meant to show the areas you should test for when evaluating ConfigMgr client activity impact...
  • Blog Post: Being Proactive with ConfigMgr: Users with Low Disk Space

    So this is the first post in a series about how to be proactive with ConfigMgr.  I’ve started with something that is relatively straightforward, disk space.  Now, you might say that this is too simple because we already have reports in ConfigMgr that tell us this information.  What I am...
  • Blog Post: Being proactive with ConfigMgr series

    One of the things that regularly comes up when discussing ConfigMgr is one of the following: How do I find out who did this? How do I find out where this is installed? Where are my assets? These are all perfectly good reasons to use ConfigMgr, but I would argue that one of ConfigMgr best uses is actually...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Manageability Post Details for PFE UK

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  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and UNIX/Linux Clients - Part 2: General Operations and Inventory

    So finally I got around to writing up part two of this three part series on managing UNIX and Linux clients with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, which is going to cover general client operations and inventory. So first things first, as we’re talking UNIX and Linux management it’s important...
  • Blog Post: PFE UK is Hiring!!

    Premier Field Engineering UK is hiring and we currently have vacancies for System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operation Manager. Premier Field Engineers work with our enterprise customers to help them gain the most from our products. If you are interested in joining the fantastic...
  • Blog Post: How to get a report with Friendly scan errors

    Hi Everyone, I haven’t posted anything in ages so I thought I’d post something simple but hopefully useful.  We publish a list of all custom Configuration Manager 2007 errors in TechNet (it’s up here in case you haven’t seen it http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632794.aspx ).  Now...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012: Tracking Application Model installations on clients

    I frequently get customers asking me how to track and troubleshoot Application model based installs on clients within Configuration Manager 2012. This blog post is intended as a quick reference to the log file interaction when an application is being installed. Legacy package and programs are still logged...
  • Blog Post: Preventing Operating System Deployment On Servers And Other Critical Client Systems

    An uncharacteristically short one from me today; although normality will soon be resumed! There isn't usually much scope for catastrophe in the daily workings of ConfigMgr and very few companies I know of would consider it a business critical application. It is, however, often used to manage servers...
  • Blog Post: Install Software step: Multiple Software sample script

    Hi All, One more quick one for you. This script shows how to use a CSV file as a data source and map to assign software to a given user role or department using a Install Software step in ConfigMgr. The step allow you to simplify and condense your task sequences. The description on TechNet Script...
  • 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: Using Enhanced System Discovery 2007 R2 For Speedy Software Distribution

    I’ve been working with a customer on a way to improve their software distribution to computers through Configuration Manager. Currently, with ConfigMgr, if you use query based collections on group membership for software distribution, then distribution can be slow. For example: Configure AD System...
  • 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: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Untrusted Forests

    We had an interesting thread internally on Untrusted Forests and hierarchies in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. As part of that thread we discovered that Neil Peterson has a series of posts covering the various options. These are definitely worth reviewing if you're in the situation where you...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Client Network Traffic Estimates (Series, Part 1 of 3)

    These postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rights. The following information is for example purposes only. Do not rely on this information for a production deployment. These are meant to show the areas you should test for when evaluating ConfigMgr client activity impact...
  • Blog Post: Improving ConfigMgr Console Performance - Removing the Action Pane

    Sometimes I find that the console in ConfigMgr does not perform as quickly as I would like. My last blog post on this topic showed how we can speed up the boot time for the SCCM console by turning off a web check, but how about when I am in the console itself? Well, the MMC 3 console is doing quite...
  • 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: More Powershell “Cmdlets”

    Following on from our last post on Powershell for SCCM here are some more “cmdlets” (functions really). The Add-SCCMCollectionRule that Michael Niehaus provided can only add computer objects to a collection but one of my customers has been distributing software to users so we needed to be able to add...