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Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Tue, Oct 27 2009

    Sherry Kissinger on ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory

    Sherry Kissinger (MOF fame) participated in a recorded WMUG virtual event using Microsoft LiveMeeting, on the 23rd of October 2009. Some really good tips in there, so if you don't have your Inventory "wings" yet, or are just plain curious about what else you can do with Inventory, check out the recording here Here is the event description page on the WMUG website:
    • Mon, Oct 26 2009

    October 2009 - Microsoft Security Bulletins - Post-Deployment

    It's been a while since the patches went out, for us, and nothing in terms of support is coming in. All quiet over here. Only issue we had was the KB974571 patch which hosed down LCS\OCS. Everything else seems fine, LOB's all working, and pretty much the entire organisation has applied the latest (and largest ever) slew of patches. We were bracing for a lot of support post-patch day due to the amount of patches...
    • Wed, Oct 21 2009

    1e Nightwatchman - Webinar with Steve Newby

    Steve Newby is hosting a Webinar on Nightwatchman Server , with 2 separate sessions running on the 22nd of October, and one on the 3rd and 12th of November 2009. I lifted this from an email they sent me: Following the global launch of NightWatchman Server Edition this week, we are delighted to offer you a place at our exclusive launch webinars. During the 45 minute webinar we will show you how 1E is addressing energy...
    • Tue, Oct 20 2009

    ConfigMgr SP2 RTM's for 22nd of October 2009

    Microsoft have pretty much confirmed that ConfigMgr SP2 will RTM on the 22nd of October 2009, in-line with the Windows 7 release. Great effort guys, well done to the ConfigMgr product team for getting this release aligned with the Windows 7 release. It's not available yet obviously, but expect to see it appear here We plan to...
    • Sun, Oct 18 2009

    Microsoft System Center Online Desktop Manager (BETA)

    Defo worth a look folk: Microsoft System Center Online Desktop Manager is a hosted IT management solution based on Microsoft System Center management technologies that provides the capability to secure, update, monitor, configure, troubleshoot and collect inventory from a single, Web-based console.
    • Fri, Oct 16 2009

    WMUG Event: Wally Mead presenting on ConfigMgr! 6th November 2009 on the HMS Belfast, London

    We sure have been busy lately, with a virtual and physical meeting taking place ... and now our next event is finally confirmed. Wally Mead is back at WMUG! Come and join WMUG for the Systems Management event of the year. For the second consecutive year WMUG are proud to present Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for System Center Configuration Manager who will be spending the day with us presenting the following...
    • Wed, Oct 14 2009

    October 2009 - Microsoft Security Bulletins - Our pre-deployment

    For the October 2009 patch deployment, a few of the patches are not included in our patch bundle, but what we did bring down added up to 1.7GB. There is also a warning that MS09-056 KB974571 can break LCS\OCS (Thanks to Peter Hunt for passing this info on to me from another of his collegues based in Tokyo) Not deployed to production yet, so no smoke signals from other teams on anything else breaking.
    • Fri, Oct 9 2009

    Gary McKinnon loses final legal challenge in the high court

    Looks like Gary is heading to the states ... If extradited and convicted in the US, the Glasgow-born computer enthusiast, who now lives in Wood Green, north London, could face up to 70 years in prison . ( OUCH! ) In a BBC interview in 2005 he said: "I found out that the US military use Windows and having realised this, I assumed it would probably be an easy hack...
    • Fri, Oct 9 2009

    Using BING

    The last few weeks I've switched the default home pages on my various machines to Bing instead of Google. Am trying to get out of the habit of typing Google then pressing Ctrl-Enter (to wrap www. and .com around it) and instead type Bing. It's been quite a few years of typing Google so the habit is hard to break. Anyway, I've been using Bing now for a few weeks solid. Most of the time I'm using the...
    • Fri, Oct 9 2009

    October 2009 Microsoft Security Bulletins

    I was expecting a larger than normal patch deployment for October as this is a five-week cycle due to the day it fell on, so this month we have a LOT of patches going out. Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software* Bulletin 1 Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart...