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System Center Configuration Manager SP1 and R2 Betas - Available Now!
In case you missed this last Friday: On February 8th, Microsoft made available the anticipated beta Configuration Manager, SP1 and R2 releases, for download. The SP1 release supports the upcoming releases of Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008. Additionally, SP1 integrates support for Intel’s...
12 Feb 2008
Moving the SMSPKGC$ share to a different drive
The day may come when you find that you need to move the package share (SMSPKGC$) to a different drive - say from the C: drive to the D: drive, and you don't want to have to recreate any existing packages or advertisements. Should that day come, Rob Morris wrote up some steps you can follow to...
5 Sep 2008
Vista SP1 Installations Deployed Using Operating System Deployment Cannot Hibernate
This was posted by Nathan Barnett over in one of the ConfigMgr 2007 forums so I thought you might like a heads up here as well: ======== Issue When the Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment feature is used to deploy a Vista SP1 image, a new boot configuration data (BCD) store is created...
14 Jul 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: PC does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU
Here's another cool OSD tip from Frank Rojas . If your clients are joining the domain like you expect then maybe this is what you're running into: ======== Issue: A client does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU in the "Apply Network Settings"...
19 Nov 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Setting up Multicast, step by step
Over on Steve Rachui's Manageability blog he has a great write-up on how to minimize your network utilization by enabling Multicast for your OSD image deployments. If you're deploying to a lot of machines at the same time then you'll definitely want to take a look at this: ======== Multicasting...
21 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: SQL Server 2008 is now officially supported
I don't think I saw anything about this but since the hotfixes have gone public I might as well give it a little pub here. With the release of the hotfixes below, SQL Server 2008 is now supported on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 RTM (the released version) and SP1 (the Service Pack 1...
1 Oct 2008
New Knowledge Base articles for 5-18 through 5-24
We had a couple new Knowledge Base articles for the week, all regarding System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Links and titles are below: ======== http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=951620 When a collection is linked to multitier collections in System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the...
4 Jun 2008
New Knowledge Base articles for 4-27 through 5-3
We had a couple new Knowledge Base articles for the week, including one for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and another for System Center Mobile Device Manager. Links and titles are below: ======== http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=949767 When you use PXE to run a task sequence on a System...
12 May 2008
SCCM Documentation Update: Service Location Flowchart for Distribution Point Selection
Our November documentation update has some great new and revised information for software distribution that I think you might find useful. This one is titled Service Location Flowchart for Distribution Point Selection: ====== Service Location Flowchart for Distribution Point Selection Topic last...
13 Nov 2007
New and updated Knowledge Base articles for 11-9 through 11-15
We had ten updated and two new Knowledge Base articles for the week, covering everything from SMS 1.x to System Center Mobile Device Manager. Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Mgmt Svr 2.0 SP2 EN 317872 - How to troubleshoot SMS Administrator console connectivity Published - Updated Sys...
17 Nov 2008
New Knowledge Base articles for 3-30 through 4-5
We had six new KB articles last week concerning OpsMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 and Mobile Device Manager 2008. Titles and links are below: ======== http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=950782 How to replace Windows AIK version 1.0 with Windows AIK version 1.1 when you use System Center Configuration...
14 Apr 2008
OpsMgr 2007: Agents in remote domain are unable to communicate with the Management server
Here's another great tip sent to me by Sam Allen , one of the top Support Escalation Engineers in our Las Colinas office. If you're rolling out agents in a remote domain and find that they're unable to communicate with the management server then this is something you'll definitely want to check out:...
7 Nov 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Configuring Wake On LAN
We get a few questions about Wake On LAN (WOL) every now and then so if this is something you're looking at implementing then here are a few tips and links to get you headed in the right direction. So why do I care about Wake On LAN? WOL allows you to configure scheduled Configuration Manager 2007...
17 Dec 2007
Reporting installation fails after applying SMS 2003 SP2, SP3 or ConfigMgr 2007 SP1
Here's a cool find created by Dennis Donahoe, a Senior Support Engineer from out Charlotte, NC office. If you're running into problems getting reporting installed then this may be your issue: ======== SYMPTOMS During the install of Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 2 ...
27 Aug 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD PXE booting fails with error "No Boot Action for Device (x) found"
Here's another cool tip from Frank Rojas. If you're trying to PXE boot and getting "No Boot Action for Device (x) found" errors then you'll want to check this out: ======== Issue: When attempting to PXE boot a PC using SCCM 2007 OSD, the PXE boot fails. Analyzing the SMSPXE.log while the PC tries...
3 Oct 2008
Configuration Manager 2007 RTM is now available on the MVLS site
If you have a Volume Licensing agreement then the final System Center Configuration Manager 2007 code is available on https://licensing.microsoft.com . It seems that a lot of people are having a hard time finding it so here's a tip: Search for "Config Mgr Svr 2007" under downloads and...
6 Nov 2007
ConfigMgr 2007: Task Sequence may fail to run with error code 0x80072ee7
Here's another neat tip from Clifton Hughes in our Irving, Texas site. If you're PXE booting machines and they're throwing 0x80072ee7 errors along with getting APIPA addresses then you might try turning on portfast if you're using a Cisco Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enabled switch to see if that...
9 Dec 2008
SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now supported for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007
Just an FYI that I posted a note about SQL Server 2005 SP3 on our new ConfigurationMgr blog : http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2009/01/06/sql-server-2005-sp3-is-now-supported-for-sms-2003-and-configmgr-2007.aspx Enjoy! J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer
6 Jan 2009
ConfigMgr 2007: Office Communications Server 2007 Quality of Experience Monitoring Server MP for MOM 2005
The Office Communications Server 2007 QoE Monitoring Server Management Pack for MOM 2005 is now available for download. ====== Overview The Office Communications Server 2007 QoE Monitoring Server Management Pack for MOM 2005 monitors the audio and video quality for Office Communications Server 2007 Server...
26 Nov 2007
ConfigMgr 2007: SP1 install fails resulting in an unexpected restart and post-upgrade SMS Executive service crashes
We're seeing a new issue that seems to be biting a couple people here recently so here's a heads up on avoiding the problem. Jeff Gilbert originally wrote most of this up on his blog so credit should go to him. You can see his original post here . ======== Issue: The upgrade to ConfigMgr...
23 Jul 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Offer status no longer processed and .SVF files begin to backlog
You may notice that suddenly a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site has stopped displaying new and updating existing offers in the advertisement status in the ConfigMgr admin console, along with a status message for the SMS_OFFER_STATUS_SUMMARIZER - MessageID 4515 "Unable to initialize the summarizer...
6 Dec 2007
ConfigMgr 2007: "Failed to correctly receive a WEBDAV HTTP request"
With System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 out I thought it might be a good idea to send a reminder about how to configure Windows Server 2008 for Site System roles. Failure to properly configure your Windows Server 2008 Site System can result in clients failing to install: Issue...
30 May 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Office 2007 Install Software task fails in an SCCM 2007 OSD Task Sequence
Here's a good tip from Frank Rojas, one of our Senior Support Engineers from Charlotte, North Carolina. This one concerns installing Office 2007 as an Install Software task in an OSD Task Sequence so if you either planning on doing this or are trying it now and having trouble, check this out: ...
14 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Clients not installed - RegTask: Failed to get certificate. Error: 0x80004005
We're starting to see a couple of these issues roll in so I thought a heads up might be in order. This solution comes from Brian Shaw, one of our top gun support Engineers our in Charlotte, NC: ======== Issue: Some clients may not show as being installed when viewed through the System Center Configuration...
21 Jul 2008
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Pack
The new System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Pack is available for download: ====== Overview Software installation errors and misconfigurations compromise security and stability, resulting in escalated support costs. The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Pack can...
17 Nov 2007
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