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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Recent Documentation Updates

    We have a couple updates to the old tried and true docs you might be interested in.  The updated docs and what's new or added are below: ======== Security Guide (April Update) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d826b836-59e5-4628-939e-2b852ed79859&DisplayLang=en New topics...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Basics

    Overview Everyone should be aware by now that Windows PowerShell is the latest scripting environment for managing and maintaining Windows servers, workstations and applications. This cube note provides a brief introduction to PowerShell resources and a few commands to get started with. Where to get Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Connector QuickStart Guide

    One of our Premier field Engineers, Ambrose Wong, wrote a fantastic Connector Quickstart Guide that Jakob Oleksy put out on his blog.  If you're interested in developing your own connectors then this is the place to start.  The intro is below but to get the entire 36 page doc see http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Audit Collection Services (ACS) sizing guidance is now available!!!!

    Here's a quick heads up that we just updated the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Performance and Scalability Guide to include Audit Collection Services (ACS) sizing information. You can download a hardcopy here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/3/6/d3633fa3-ce15-4071-be51-5e036a36f965/OM2007_PerfScal...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Model now available

    The Operations Manager 2007 Capacity Planning model has now been released to the Web. The download is available here: https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6fec1f12-a62c-4e8d-8a19-56879192adc3&DisplayLang=en The Capacity Planner 2007 Model for Operations Manager 2007 is for planning...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Performing a domain rename/migration

    A question I get asked every now and then that doesn't seem to be particularly well documented is whether SMS 2003 supports renaming of the domain or domain migration.  While technically two different things, the short answer is no, we do not support changing the domain name that SMS 2003 is installed...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Beta

    The IPD Team just sent out an announcement concerning the IPD beta and how it now covers VMM 2008, OpsMgr 2007 and IIS 7.  Some of you probably already get this but just in case you don't I included it below: ======== We are pleased to announce that the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Beta...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

    Yea, I know this really isn't SMS/MOM/System Center specific but it's pretty cool no matter what Microsoft technology you're planning on rolling out.  So as you plan your migration to any of Microsoft’s latest OS and Office solutions, how great would it be to get a quick and accurate assessment...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Best Practices for Rule and Monitor Targeting

    Here's a link to a cool poster we have that can help you determine the proper targets when creating rules and monitors in System Center Operations Manager 2007. The poster shows some common scenario's with their associated "Do's" and "Don't's" that you can leverage for your own particular...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: How to install and configure an RMS on a Windows Server 2008 cluster

    Ever wonder what's needed to setup and configure an RMS on a Win2K8 cluster?  If so then check out the doc that Arnab Mitra was kind enough to put together for us: ======== How to Configure/Setup RMS on a Windows 2008 Cluster. 1. On each RMS cluster node, ensure that the domain Operations Manager...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    As I was making my normal Wednesday morning rounds I discovered that the OpsManager product team has a new post on their excellent Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 Service Pack 1.  Whether you're designing a new rollout or evaluating an old one, you'll want to check this out: =====...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Troubleshooting Console Performance in large environments

    I've been getting a few questions lately about slow performance with the console so I thought a post might be in order.  Luckily for me, Tim Helton, one of our top Support Escalation Engineers, had already written some great tips that he uses to troubleshoot these kinds of issues.  His notes...
  • Blog Post: New SCOM2007 Guide Available: Operations Manager 2007 Key Concepts

    We recently published a new key concepts guide for System Center Operations Manager 2007 that's available on the download site.  It covers: · Overview of model-based design · Service models and understanding relationships · Health models · How Operations Manager implements models...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Security Hardening via Security Configuration Wizard Guide Released

    We recently released the very cool System Center Operations Manager 2007 SCW Roles and Security Hardening Guide for Windows Server 2003 and a brief description and download link is below.  Check it out: ======== Brief Description: The Operations Manager 2007 SCW Roles and Hardening guide help protect...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing SMS 2003/ConfigMgr 2007 log files the easy way!

    My buddy Jamie recently posted a great write-up on how to review and analyze log files quickly and easily. It's a great post and if you ever have to troubleshoot any part of SMS 2003 or ConfigMgr 2007, or any System Center product for that matter, you need to check this out: ====== How do you parse...
  • Blog Post: Planning and Deploying the Server Infrastructure for Configuration Manager 2007

    We posted this deployment guide a while ago but we still get a few questions about it so I thought I'd send out a heads up. ==== Planning and Deploying the Server Infrastructure for Configuration Manager 2007 There are a number of different deployment configurations that Configuration Manager 2007 supports...
  • Blog Post: New Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 for R2

    Just an FYI that we recently released a new Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 for R2.  So what's an Infrastructure Planning and Design guide?  Glad you asked.  Here's the official description: The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Infrastructure Planning and Design Series and New Releases for Virtualization!

    OK, I know this may come off as marketing type stuff but we have some really cool information here if you're going to be doing any planning and deployment with Microsoft's virtualization technology in the near future. Check out the release below: ======= Announcing the Infrastructure Planning...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Upgrade Guide

    Last week I talked about the release of OpsMgr 2007 SP1 so I wanted to take a minute and post a link to the upgrade guide.  Depending on where you're coming from there may some gotchas you'll want to keep in mind, so before you head out on the upgrade path be sure to give this a good read: ====...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Managing a Virtual Solution with System Center (Level 200)

    Sorry for the late notice but if you're planning on implementing our System Centers products this would be a good webcast to check out: ====== Language(s): English. Product(s): Longhorn. Audience(s): IT Professionals. Duration: 90 Minutes Start Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time ...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: How to remove a site from the hierarchy

    Updated: 7/13/2011 I have had few cases recently where my customer has reinstalled their SMS sites but prior to doing so they failed to remove all the traces from the DB and Register etc. This can cause a lot of issues with the Hierarchy later so to make this process easier and to help prevent some...
  • Blog Post: SCCM Documentation Update: Decide Whether to Protect the Distribution Point

    Can't decide whether or not to protect you DP?  Sounds like a silly question but in reality there are a lot of things that you'll need to consider.  Learn about the pros and cons in our latest doc update below: ====== Decide Whether to Protect the Distribution Point Topic last updated—November...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 POC Installation Guidelines

    Here are some Proof of Concept guidelines I put together that I thought you might find helpful. While this document provides an overview of installing Configuration Manager in a Proof of Concept (POC) environment, it should under no circumstances be considered a replacement for reviewing SCCM product...