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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
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
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...
19 May 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
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...
8 Apr 2011
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...
24 Mar 2011
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...
9 Mar 2011
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...
10 Mar 2010
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...
9 Mar 2010
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