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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Fancy a new career as a Premier Field Engineer in the UK?

    Following continued successes, Premier Field Engineering in the UK has started recruiting for engineers across a number of technology areas; including System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operation Manager. If you are interested in joining the fantastic team that is PFE UK and...
  • 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: 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: 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: Which Device Drivers Should I Import Into My Boot Image?

    Today’s post comes from a colleague here in the UK, Jason Wallace. Jason is a fellow Configuration Manager Premier Field Engineer. Here he shares his knowledge and experience on device drivers in boot images. Enough of me, over to Jason! Something which we sometimes see are questions regarding...
  • Blog Post: Creating Service Manager Lists with the Service Manager List Maker tool

    Lists in Service Manager are those drop-down lists which you see on forms. For example, the Incident Category list which you'll see when you open an Incident. It's pretty easy to go and edit existing lists from the Service Manager console, from the Library section – this allows you to add to, or...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager Daily Report Management Pack

    Attached to this blog is an example Management Pack based on my "How to create daily reports with System Center Operations Manager 2012 and PowerShell" series, this shows another way to consume data from Operations Manager and display it in a meaningful way to reduce overheads required for daily health...
  • 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: Modelling Conceptual Entities in a SCOM 2007 Management Pack

    Drum roll please…. Below is the first Operations Manager blog to be submitted to the Manageability Guys! Meaning we can now live up to our name as it isn’t just Configuration Manager articles. My OpsMgr knowledge is limited at best but I do know how to be persistent; it’s taken...
  • 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...