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  • Blog Post: Identifying, Troubleshooting & Resolving 2300 and 2301 ConfigMgr Distribution Manager status messages with KB978021

    Your ConfigMgr sites start to populate with hundreds and thousands of status messages, namely 2300s and 2301s. Hold your horses and do not panic though as Microsoft has addresed this issue with the availability of a patch KB978021 of which more details and the download can be found here . This hotfix...
  • Blog Post: Ghost / Decommissioned Site Component Status

    Sometimes, when a distribution point has been decommissioned or renamed, the previous server's site last known component statuses are still reported in the SCCM's Site Status panel. In most cases, we see the exact duplicated site components, thus the Component Status panel is showing 2 server...
  • Blog Post: November 2010 Security Patches / 2010 YTD Trend

    [Informational] It's going to be a quiet patching month for November with the patches targeting Office products this time around. There are no patches to address any issue in the Operating Systems supported by MS so let's hope all goes well! I'm just intrigued with the trend seen through...
  • Blog Post: Information on the ConfigMgr 2007 client side process for Software Updates

    [Informational] I saw this on the Configuration Manager Support Team Blog and think it is an excellent piece done up by jchornbe. I enjoyed reading the post and also realise at the same time, that this can better empower you with knowledge on where and what to look at when troubleshooting related...
  • Blog Post: Maximum Characters for an Advertisement Name

    [Informational] I recently noticed something interesting with the SCCM console and the Database, so I have decided to post it here for everyone's information. Note that this usually does not happen often in most SCCM environments but worth noting nonetheless! So here goes, apparently there is...
  • Blog Post: Opalis

    Microsoft acquired the Canadian based Opalis Software in December 2009, a market leader that provides software for IT process automation. Opalis integrates with Microsoft's System Center and enables administrators access to a single end to end solution to perform a wide range of management tasks...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows Storage Server 2008 R2/Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2

    Microsoft Configuration Manager support has annouced additional support for the above. You can read the source of the information here and these changes will be updated in Configmgr's Supported Configuration pages at a later date. http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2010/12/08/configuration...
  • Blog Post: Video: ConfigMgr 2007 R3

    I did a quick (20 minute) video introducing the features of ConfigMgr 2007 R3. This video contains no audio, instead I use slides to pass on information and to break up the video in to sections covering each of the features. Play video ConfigMgr 2007 R3 from Rob on Vimeo . Play video ...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for December 2010 - and what was 2010's most talk about bulletin?

    Continuing with the trend for the entire year 2010, Microsoft has announced that it is slated to release 17 bulletins for the month of December. Another record? Maybe, then again we have seen this year that most of these patches released were reliable and when there was an issue, it was not a direct...
  • Blog Post: Obtaining binary locations for your patches with the Unique IDs in SCCM

    You may find yourself in situations where you may need to locate the physical location of a certain software update and or check if that has expired. However, it can get cumbersome to determine the right binary just by searching by its KB Article number in Windows Explorer on the SCCM Server. Fret not...
  • Blog Post: Install Software Updates Action Hangs on Windows 7

    **UPDATE!!! http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2011/01/28/known-issue-install-software-updates-action-hangs-on-windows-7.aspx The hotfix is now available from MS : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2509007 For anyone out there with a problem with stalled software updates (especially...
  • Blog Post: Wally Mead - ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 1 videos

    Took me a while, but I managed to create three videos with runtimes of around 1hr 30min+ each from the days video taken at the WMUG November 1st 2010 meeting in London, England in which Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager, gave us a run through of ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and two great sessions on ConfigMgr...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr SP2 - Support for Win7 SP1 and W2K8 R2 SP1 platforms

    Microsoft released a patch that allows Win7 SP1 and W2K8 R2 SP1 to become valid recognised clients in ConfigMgr. As a patch, you request and download it, then apply to your Site servers and not to your Site systems. It modifies the entries in the Requirements tab of a Program so that these two platforms...
  • Blog Post: SQL query for Site servers and Site Systems

    Thought I'd blog this as an Aide mémoire more than anything. Determine which Site Systems are present in the Hierarchy select distinct ServerName as SiteSystems from v_SystemResourceList where servername not in (select servername from v_site) Notice that I'm referencing views...
  • Blog Post: Discover your Site Discovery Methods for SCCM Clients

    Had to troubleshoot various client issues today with regard to discovery methods and this query came in handy. You can run this against the primary site SQL database to find out the discovery methods (i.e. AD System discovery, heartbeart etc) that are being found by a specific client in SCCM 2007. ...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr Client in workgroup or untrusted domains

    I've written a few documents covering this, but never for the community, always an employer! Well Clifton Hughes over at MS has taken opportunity to bring together all the nuggets of information on aiding ConfigMgr to support workgroup based or clients in untrusted domains. This document covers...
  • Blog Post: Clifton Hughes is at it again - ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Install TS step by step

    I'm liking the stuff Clifton Hughes from MS is turning out. This time it is ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Installation Task Sequence Step by Step and defo worth a read!
  • Blog Post: Steve Rachui - How to create offline or standalone USB media for OS Deployment in ConfigMgr

    Another good article from the blogs on Technet for ConfigMgr. This one, is a summarisation of content already in the ConfigMgr Documentation Library, but brings it all together in one place for us, with a step by step walk through to boot. How to create offline or standalone USB media for OS Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Clifton Hughes - ConfigMgr 2007 Bare Metal Win7 Task Sequence Deployment with the Enable Bitlocker Step

    Priceless information, thanks for bringing this all together Clifton! ConfigMgr 2007 Bare Metal Win7 Task Sequence Deployment with the Enable Bitlocker Step
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007 / 2012 Documentation update for May 2011

    The SMSDOCS team have released the May 2011 update to the ConfigMgr 2007 Documentation Library And yes, you didn't read that wrong, the ConfigMgr 2012 documentation Library is up and browsable. Lots has been added, worth reading the release notes on the announcement here
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007 - SQL 2008 - Reporting made easy by John Marcum

    John Marcum MVP wrote an awesome beginners guide to generating ConfigMgr 2007 reports using SQL 2008. Well, I did something like this a while back, and the only reason I bring it up, is not to steal some of Mr Marcums thunder, but because I wrote it for SMS2003 using SQL 2000! http://wmug.co.uk...
  • Blog Post: Thou shall not assign your Configmgr Site Codes with these...

    Something we may forget when assigning a site code within our Configmgr hierarchy. Although Configmgr will install happily with these names, it is recommended to avoid using these Windows reserved names. There are many other combinations you can use anyway :) AUX CON NUL PRN http...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007 Security permissions

    Following on from my ConfigMgr 2012 RBA permissions post , I thought I'd put up the ConfigMgr 2007 Security permissions even though it has been around a while :-) This data was formed via a script from John Nelson , output dumped into Excel and touched up a little. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting...
  • Blog Post: Upgrades

    Just finished the process of upgrading a Central SMS2003 (SQL2000) Site server to ConfigMgr 2007 (SQL 2005) ... I've never stared so intently at a wizard as it plodded through its tasks in all my life ... was dreading a failure occuring, that'd require a rollback taking several hours of work...
  • Blog Post: MSFT May 2012 Security Patch for Silverlight - MS012-034 KB2690729 is replaced by MS012-034 KB2636927

    Had a little discovery today when we realised possibly the fastest replacement of a KB Article ever, (almost instantly!). http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-034 It appears that the following behaviour is experienced when you perform a manual installation of MS12-034...