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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...
8 Oct 2013
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...
1 Oct 2013
Deploying Hyper-V Integration Services to VMs using Config Manager and DISM
Hi, my name is Leigh Simmonds and I'm part of the UK PFE System Center team working on Private Cloud projects covering technologies such as Hyper-V, SCVMM and Configuration Manager. Hyper-V Integration Services often need to be updated when a major update such as a Service Pack is applied at the Host...
5 Sep 2013
Unix/Linux Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Updated
The ConfigMgr product team has just released an update to the Unix/Linux client. This update adds support for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris 11, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu. It also introduces a new common Open Management Infrastructure CIM server (OMI version 22.214.171.124), along with simplified common...
11 Jun 2013
ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview
ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview I’ve been asked a few times lately about how the Client Cache works in Configuration Manager, where is it, what size it should be set to, how it behaves etc. so I thought that maybe it was time for a blog! I’m intending for this to...
7 May 2013
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...
3 May 2013
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...
22 Apr 2013
ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and UNIX/Linux Clients – Part 1: Introduction and Client
UPDATE (saudm, 08/05/2013): Part 2 of Adam's series on Linux mgmt is now available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/05/03/configmgr-2012-sp1-and-unix-linux-clients-part-2-general-operations-and-inventory.aspx At a number of internal conferences recently I, along with...
11 Apr 2013
MMS 2013 UDB-338 Additional Content
Hi, Thanks for attending or watching my session at MMS 2013 on reporting in Configuration Manager. The session video is posted here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MMS/2013/UD-B338. The following are resources related to the session or you might find interesting: T-SQL Statements along with...
11 Apr 2013
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...
2 Apr 2013
Hotfix 2801987 is out for 0x800b0101, but the cert expires in March
Hi All, As hopefully most of you are aware we released KB article 2801987 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. This update provides a new version of MicrosoftPolicyPlatformSetup.msi (a prerequisite for CI-related activities, in case you were wondering such as DCM, AppMgmt and so on)....
15 Jan 2013
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...
5 Sep 2012
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...
25 Aug 2012
Migrating from WSUS to Configuration Manager
Hi Everyone, This is our first post in a long while, we've had our heads down ramping up on System Center 2012 and helping the first wave of early adopters. As part of some of the work we've done, we found one common scenario where customers are looking to migrate their server patching from WSUS to...
25 Aug 2012
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...
21 Sep 2011
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...
30 Jun 2011
HELP! Where did the disk space on my Management Point go?
Recently I was working with a customer and we found that their ConfigMgr Management Point had an unexpectedly low amount of disk space left. When we looked at this machine we found that there were lots of IIS Logs in the %SystemDrive%\inetpub\logs\LogFiles folder. Eagle eyed administrators will spot...
27 Jun 2011
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...
21 Jun 2011
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...
13 Jun 2011
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...
6 Jun 2011
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...
24 May 2011
Fully Automating P2V Migration for Software Assurance in ConfigMgr
I ’ve had this topic on my to-do list for a few months now. I presented on P2V Migration at a customer day we hosted at Thames Valley Park in February. My hesitation came from not really knowing how much to cover in terms of the blog. I’m going to try and keep it short and sweet and focus...
9 May 2011
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...
3 May 2011
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...
21 Apr 2011
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...
18 Apr 2011
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