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  • Blog Post: Accounts you can delete after upgrading from SMS 2003 to SCCM

    I have been asked this question a few times now, so thought I would blog the answer... The following accounts should always be deleted because they are never used for Configuration Manager 2007. SMS Service account CCM Boot Loader (DC) (SMS#_dc) CCM Boot Loader (Non-DC)( SMSCCMBootAcct&) Client...
  • Blog Post: SMS Site Assignment

    Q. The other day I was asked about why (in a single forest, multiple domain environment with separate SMS hierarchies in each domain) does a SMS client get assigned to an SMS site in the wrong domain. A. If you have multiple domains in your forest, and multiple independent SMS hierarchies, although...
  • Blog Post: WMIC - Command Line WMI and SMS

    Most of my posts seem to come about because someone asks me how to do something, so yet again some one asked me if I knew a way to 'control' SMS / SCCM from the command line. This got me thinking. Most of the scripts I write or use manipulate WMI in some way, either on the site server or on...
  • Blog Post: Alert! BST to Coordinated Universal Time (GMT) change

    SMS 2003 Admins, it's that time again! If you have scheduled advertisements that run programs that could impact on your environment (e.g. programs that reboot machines), then this weekend's BST to GMT time change may be of significance to you. You should check out KB933870 , for SMS 2003 SP1...
  • Blog Post: Who's sending SMS bad inventory files?

    Reading Cliff's post here reminded me of a little piece of automation that I cooked up. Some while back, I was at a SMS 2003 site where files were accumulating in the hardware inventory orphans and bad MIF folders and the software inventory orphans and bad Sinv folders. Now, determining which...
  • Blog Post: Query to find all x64 based clients

    select SMS_R_System.Name, SMS_R_System.SMSAssignedSites, SMS_R_System.IPAddresses, SMS_R_System.IPSubnets, SMS_R_System.OperatingSystemNameandVersion, SMS_R_System.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup, SMS_R_System.LastLogonUserDomain, SMS_R_System.LastLogonUserName, SMS_R_System.SMSUniqueIdentifier, SMS_R_System...
  • Blog Post: Trouble shooting management points – SMS 2003

    Recently I have been working on quite a few problems with SMS 2003 management points, below I have listed the log files that are management point related. Log File Name Role MPfdm.log Moves client files to the corresponding SMS\INBOXES folder.  Review the log when validating problems with file permissions...
  • Blog Post: Failed to bind to virtual directory root

    I had a problem passed to me today, regarding the updating of packages on a newly created distribution point. The error I was seeing was in the dismgr.log, and is displayed below ERROR CreateVirtualDirectory: Failed to bind to virtual directory root IIS://ServerName/W3svc/1/ROOT. error = Access is denied...
  • Blog Post: Deploying MS09-010 OS Patches with SMS 2003 ITMU

    The Microsoft bulletin for MS09-010 indicates QNumbers 921606, 933399 & 960476 for 'Microsoft Office' but does not indicate a QNumber for 'Windows Operating System and Components'. You may be tempted to try (as I did) the KB Article number 960477 as the QNumber filter for the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Finding out which distribution points packages haven't been sent to

    It's easy enough to write a query to show which packages have been deployed to which distribution points but what about a query to show which packages haven't been deployed to distribution points? The issue here, is that you need to cycle through all the packages at a site and then in turn...
  • Blog Post: Fun times ahead

    It's upgrade time! Just started our project to upgrade our hierarchy from SMS 2003 SP3 running on Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) with SQL 2005 (32 bit) to SCCM 2007 SP1 R2 (though probably SP2 by implementation time) on Windows Server 2008 (64 bit) and SQL 2008 (64 bit). There'll also be an...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scanning issue

    From the Configuration Manager Support Team blog. SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scan fails with WSUSScn2.CAB released on June 23rd http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2009/06/25/sms-2003-sp3-itmu-scan-fails-with-wsusscn2-cab-released-on-june-23rd.aspx I used this simple SQL query to help identify...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 now supported clients in SMS 2003 SP3

    Microsoft are now offering a one-off compatibility pack that provides support for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems as SMS 2003 SP3 clients. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974014
  • Blog Post: What updates are in that very large SMS 2003 ITMU software updates package?

    If you’re still running SMS 2003 and using ITMU to distribute software updates, then by now you probably have some software update packages that contain a lot of updates. Chances are, at some stage, someone’s going to ask what updates are in a specific package. Normally, I’d open up...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003 - Disk space issue

    Hi All, today when I was doing the SCCM/SMS health check, i noticed one of the low level primary sites servers had not send any information to the parent and the communication was "dead" for a few hours when I connected to the server to validate it, i discovered that it had a disk space issue...