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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: 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...
  • 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: ConfigMgr 2012: Passing parameters to reports like the good old days

    ConfigMgr 2012 uses SQL Server Reporting Services as its reporting engine and this is great because it really improves the control and extensibility you have over your reports, but it can be a little daunting for newcomers to the product. So a quick one from me today covering a very common reporting...
  • 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: 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: 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: What AI data is in your database?

    Ever wonder what’s in the Asset Intelligence (AI) catalog on your site server’s database?  I wrote the following query for a customer to show the value of AI and the data this is in there (and convince them to deploy AI Sync Point).  It summarizes data to a list of Publishers and an sum of...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...