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  • Blog Post: Book review: SMS 2003 Recipes

    SMS 2003 Recipes by Greg Ramsey and Warren Byle As always, a long way behind the rest of pack on this one. The books been out for several months but I just picked it up, and thought i'd write up a quick review here. Each chapter is neatly devoted to a particular function of SMS. The chapters...
  • Blog Post: SMS2003: Published another VBscript to do mundane things

    I wrote a quick script to generate RDP session shortcuts to all my SMS Site servers. And i've uploaded it here for general consumption I tend to generate the RDP sessions once in a while, to cover any new\removed SMS Site servers, put them on a network share somewhere then shortcut the folder back...
  • Blog Post: SMS2003: Managing SMS Status Filter Rules

    Today I had to deal with Status Filter Rules on multiple SMS2003 Primary site servers that where being wiped and replaced by an OS Patch. The OS patch is being rolled out across the corporation, it shouldn't touch SMS but it does, every company has it's quirks ;-) And, as a result, I am starting to...
  • Blog Post: SMS2003: Elegent but Brutal solution to a rogue SMS Site server!

    Here's a scenario, which most of you will hopefully NEVER encounter! You're SMS environment is both centrally and locally managed. You have SMS Administrators at the top tier watering the hierarchy, making sure it's all green-lighted and healthy. You have admins at some of the down-level...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (what a mouthful!) goes RTM!!!

    SCCM2007 is now RTM! Wow, cannot wait to start administrating this product in production. Happy days! Rather than redo what's out there, I might as well link straight back to Rod Trents posting that qoutes Bill Anderson
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Eval

    SMS V4, aka SCCM2007, was released without much fanfare on Friday 24th August. You can eval the product here . I'm not too impressed with the release of SCCM2007. I'm a member of several distlists, even on the SCCM Beta, and yet I didn't get a single email announcing the release of...
  • Blog Post: SMS2003 MCP Exam 70-089

    I took the SMS2003 70-089 MCP exam today. 40 of the easiest questions i've ever had to answer! Got a score of 984 out of 1000 (that's worth some bragging rights surely?!?!), I must of missed a question :< I did hardly any prep-work for this exam . I use the product daily, and I think...
  • Blog Post: Hotfix rollup package for SMS2003 SP3 client

    MS have released a post SMS2003 SP3 Client hotfix rollup As the hotfix says, you can only apply this to SP3 SMS2003 AdvCli's Here's the link
  • Blog Post: SMS2003 - Phantom Site Components

    Picture the following: You upgrade an SMS 2.0 Child Site server to SMS2003, this sites Parent Site server is already SMS2003. A few days later you notice on the Parent Site server that there are still SMS 2.0 components present in the Site Status \ Site Component list for the Child site. Two Components...
  • Blog Post: Remove User\Group from Local Group on a machine and add a domain User or Group

    Wrote another script, this one will look for a user\group in a specified local group on a machine, remove it, then insert a User or Group. Handy if you want to remove GroupX and replace it with GroupY, or remove a user and replace with a group, works in any combination. If you use this, test test...
  • Blog Post: Network Discovery Not Working – actually it is !

    Had a problem from one of the sites I support, they said Network Discovery was not working, it was not discovery everything.. So straight way jump in the log files to try and find out why, all looks OK in there… After a few minutes talking to the site about the problem it became clear. Remember...
  • Blog Post: SMSMap - Updated !!

    SMSMap has been around for quite a while, if you are not aware of it - why not? it is an awesome tool, have a look at this article Jeff Tondt has released an update - thanks Jeff To download the new version click here
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 SDK (V4.0)

    I noticed that the Configuration Manager SDK link that is shown on www.microsoft.com/smserver is turning up a page not found, it points to http://mscompub/dmt/dialogs/preview/preview.aspx?d=preview&user=deniselr&familyid=064a995f-ef13-4200-81ad-e3af6218edcc&languageid=f49e8428-7071-4979-8a67...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr client install failure - Errors 1708 & 1603 in

    Seen an interesting issue where the CCMSETUP parameters incorrectly specify MP as SMSMP, resulting in failure and exotic errors appearing in the CLIENT.MSI and CCMSETUP logs: Just need to fire up CLIENT.MSI in SMSTRACE, find Return value 3 and you'll possibly see the following: WARNING: The...
  • Blog Post: Today’s little Task – list clients where the ‘McAfee McShield’ service is not running

    SELECT GSCS.Name0 as 'Client Name', GSS.DisplayName0 as 'Service', GSS.StartMode0 as 'Startup Type', GSS.State0 as 'Current State' FROM v_GS_SERVICE GSS, v_GS_COMPUTER_SYSTEM GSCS Where GSS.State0 != 'Running' and GSS.ResourceID = GSCS.ResourceID and GSS.DisplayName0...
  • 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: Discover Site Assignment – script

    I was asked to day if it is possible to script a way to force a client to rediscover their assigned site, and if so how? So here it is…. The key you are looking for is EnableAutoAssigment, set this to 1 and the next time the SMS Agent Host Service restarts the client will attempt to run auto site assigment...
  • Blog Post: Script to output SMS package name and ID to Excel

    Well I had my first WMUG script request, I was asked to write a script that would output the package name and ID from SMS to Excel. Also as requested I have added some remark statements to the script to explain what each part is doing.   'Allow the SiteServer variable to be input from the command...
  • Blog Post: SMS and Last User Logon

    I had a question today regarding why a query showing the last logged on user was not returning the correct value. Now this is a site that I am responsible for so I know there is nothing wrong with it. :o) I had a quick look at the query, and found the answer straight away, I wonder why I have not seen...
  • Blog Post: SLP and Could Not Initialize

    Upon looking in the event log you will see "The machine-default permission settings do not grant Local Activation  permission for the COM Server application with CLSID  {D452CB77-FB08-4CB3-B7EE-2F5369982BBE}  to the user ‘LocalMachine\Account’   (S-1-5-21-3975013362-2196494516...
  • Blog Post: Execution of the ASP page caused the Response Buffer to exceed its configured limit

    I was creating some web reports for a remote site today when I came across an old problem Response object error ' ASP 0251 : 80004005' Response Buffer Limit Exceeded /smsreporting/Report.asp, line 0 Execution of the ASP page caused the Response Buffer to exceed its configured limit. This...
  • Blog Post: SMS / ConfigMgr Callback Information and Resources website

    Useful troubleshooting jump off point for when you need to raise a support case with Microsoft CSS. It's called the SMS / ConfigMgr Callback Information and Resources website Even if you are not raising a case, its worth being bookmarked for the tips and links off in to the ConfigMgr documentation...
  • Blog Post: Peter Van Der Woude - SMS Bloggage

    Peter has some cracking SMS info on his blog , Check it out: http://www.petervanderwoude.nl/
  • Blog Post: ITMU gets into bed with Microsoft Fix it (Updated)

    I was troubleshooting a couple of patch installs this morning from the bumper June release and stumbled upon something slightly suprising. The Windows XP patches for 'Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 Security Update for Windows 2000 and Windows XP (KB979906)' & 'Microsoft .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Query based collections in ConfigMgr 2007 may fail to refresh after being modified

    Consider the following System Center Configuration Manager 2007 scenario: 1. You create a query based collection. 2. You update and refresh that collection and it works correctly. 3. You go to the properties of that collection and edit the query it uses so that it should display different machines. 4...