• Mon, Jul 9 2012

    Windows 8 RTM Late October 2012

    And so it finally comes, and also together with Server 2012! http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57468574-292/windows-8-to-arrive-by-late-october-microsoft-says/?tag=FD.topheds
    • Tue, Jun 26 2012

    TechEd Amsterdam Day #1

    Greetings from Amsterdam! The 20th annual TechEd Europe has found its way to the vibrant bustling city of Amsterdam! What's even more awesome though is that this is my first time at TechEd! Brad Anderson delivered the day's first keynote, also mentioning that Microsoft has acquired the office social networking site Yammer last night. A lot of the main focus was on the new era of the cloud and the new Operating...
    • Tue, Jun 19 2012

    Microsoft Surface

    Will Microsoft re-revolutionize the way we work since the keyboard and mouse? Using the tablet as a computer, that is what everyone really wants to do with a tablet. http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx Stay Tuned...
    • Fri, Jun 15 2012

    TechEd Europe

    Guess what? I'll be there! Yes, TechEd 2012 - Amsterdam - and you wonder why I've been living in the Netherlands for the past few years! It will be my first TechEd and am looking forward to the event! Am already sorting out that agenda CM2012-style! Hope to meet you all there!
    • Thu, May 10 2012

    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 for Silverlight: The critical update KB2636927 updates and patches all Silverlight 5 instances to 5.1.10411.0 ...
    • Wed, Apr 18 2012

    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SDK (Prerelease)

    For all of those interested, the ConfigMgr 2012 SDK is now available! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh948960.aspx Worth also knowing these features are now no longer supported. Unsupported Features The Configuration Manager console does not support the following features: Wizard Creation You cannot create wizards by using the existing Configuration Manager console framework. You also...
    • Mon, Feb 20 2012

    Logo for Windows 8!

    Hey, check this out! Certainly looks a little 'Metro-ish!' http://asia.cnet.com/crave/microsoft-unveils-new-windows-8-logo-62213516.htm
    • Wed, Nov 9 2011

    MSFT Rereleases MS11-037 - KB2544893

    It's that tuesday of the month again! 1 key point to note is the reoffering of MS11-037. This rerelease only affects editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, as seen from the following Microsoft link and extract. As a form of best practice, support teams should clean up the old expired XP and Windows 2003 patches that were originally offered in June, since these are now replace on 8th November. The other remaining...
    • Mon, Nov 7 2011

    A run through of the infamous Windows Task Manager

    Hey chaps, I've been silent a long while as a lot of things happened between August and now. Computer failing on me, internet problems at home and travels and holidays and all those madness in getting a new box to replace the failed one. I hope to get back on track with all the exciting CM2012 information we have obtained over the last few weeks with RC1. Also, on another note, we've managed to get Windows...
    • Thu, Aug 18 2011

    There's something about "Side by Side" KB2507938... UPDATE!!

    Microsoft has addressed the issue now with the release of the August 2011 Security updates. More details can be found in the original article, which has now been updated with a resolution. http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/orientalcrusher/archive/2011/07/20/there-s-something-about-quot-side-by-side-quot-kb2507938.aspx
    • Wed, Aug 17 2011

    Epic Crash at home

    Dear Readers, I must apologise first for not posting as much as I would have like to over the last few weeks. My Asus RoG Laptop went silent 2 weeks ago. It has to be sent back to Singapore for some urgent repairs and hopefully it wakes up again... In the meantime, here's a photo I found in my old XP AM2 system that I'm currently using. (Yes, Rob, it is XP, Windows XP...) This was taken years back while...
    • Wed, Jul 20 2011

    2010 - 2011 YTD MS Security Bulletin Graphs

    The return of the graphs! I've done a quick and simple summary. Some interesting statistics to note is that for the first 7 months of 2011, 56 bulletins were released. In the same period last year, that was 43, so just an increase of...13 bulletins!
    • Wed, Jul 20 2011

    There's something about "Side by Side" KB2507938...

    Some knowledge in case you experience these issues. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2507938 After the installation of the security update, several windows adminstrators have noticed entries into event viewer that indicate that a SideBySide error has occured for conhost.exe whenever the command prompt window is opened. This only occurs on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Although it may appear to flood the event...
    • Fri, Jun 3 2011

    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://support.microsoft.com/kb/279868
    • Wed, May 18 2011

    Install software updates action hangs on Windows 7 - UPDATE!

    I've updated the original entry (3rd Feb) now that MS has released a hotfix. http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/orientalcrusher/archive/2011/02/03/install-software-updates-action-hangs-on-windows-7.aspx
    • Wed, May 11 2011

    Microsoft buys Skype

    Here we are, straight from the horse's mouth http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx So, folks here all geared up for the next MS Security Bulletin that will be applicable for Skype? :)
    • Wed, May 4 2011

    Using SCCM to manage clients in a workgroup or untrusted domain (DMZ etc..)

    Many people do struggle a little (maybe!) when coming to configuring and managing SCCM clients in a workgroup, DMZ, untrusted domain. Many big words, jargons are thrown around, LMHosts, Registry keys, SRV records, DNS Suffixes and the list goes on!! Found this extremely useful if you need to obtain and find out more information... The what ifs and know hows, limitations, considerations and requirements, sums it up...
    • Mon, May 2 2011

    Checking Patch Statuses through WMI

    Normally the optimal and quickest way to determine if a patch has definitely been installed on a system is to use WMI. That's where the SCCM client primarily gets its information from to report back to its parent. There are several ways you can go about but the ways i've found to be ideal for me are described below: Through the command prompt: On the system which you wish to query, open up command...
    • Thu, Apr 21 2011

    Collection Query to return systems before a specific Install / Creation Date

    When creating a query that returns systems before a specific date in a collection, you may get no system records back if you had done the query like the following: Incorrect Query SELECT SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client FROM SMS_R_System WHERE SMS_R_System.CreationDate < "21/04/2011...
    • Thu, Apr 7 2011

    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. select ssaa.SMS_Assigned_Sites0, sd.Itemkey, sd.name0, sd.SMS_Unique_Identifier0, sd.client0, sd.client_Type0, dia.AgentSite...
    • Wed, Mar 23 2011

    Configuration Manger 2012 Open Beta 2 is now available for download

    We've been waiting a few months for this, and it's now available for download from Microsoft Connect . Some useful links here: SCCM 2012 Release Notes http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg703318.aspx SCCM 2012 Beta How do I Videos http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/cm/gg721914.aspx Supported Configuration and Release Notes http://download.microsoft...
    • Wed, Mar 9 2011

    The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown

    Save the world...rid thee Internet Explorer 6... Usage of social media now to aid in retirements. Would never have thought of that 10 years back... http://www.ie6countdown.com/
    • Mon, Feb 28 2011

    Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content

    Was passed this URL by a colleague which will be useful to share around. It shows you detailed changes that are made to WSUS (includes all released updates on top of security updates) and also when updates were added to the catalog. The content is broken down by year, so 2011, 2010 etc. Very useful for quick referencing when performing synchronizations. 2011: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894199 2010: http://support...
    • Thu, Feb 3 2011

    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 with large bundles), the following link will be very useful information for anyone experiencing this issue when software...
    • Wed, Feb 2 2011

    Lunar New Year 2011

    I've gone back for a short holiday to my native Singapore to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Always good to be back to soak in the festive mood and great food. OrientalCrusher will be back soon no doubt! 新年快乐!