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System Center News
Clarification of Win 7 support and ConfigMgr 2007
by Steve Thompson - 9/17/2009
There has been a fair amount of discussion lately regarding Win 7, Server 2008 R2 and support by ConfigMgr 2007. Jeff Wettlaufer clears up the confusion in his recent blog entry. The primary recommendation for Win 7 support is to use ConfigMgr SP2, set to release end of October '09

System Center Configuration Manager
Moving the SMSPKG share or files to a different drive
by Mark Mears - 11/23/2010
The SMSPKG share contains the compressed PCK files for the packages that have been targeted to a particular SMS/SCCM Site. If/When sufficient packages are sent to a site there is always the likelihood of these compressed files filling the disk and leaving no room for any additional files. Of cours

SMS 2003
Moving the SMSPKG share or files to a different drive
by Mark Mears - 11/23/2010
The SMSPKG share contains the compressed PCK files for the packages that have been targeted to a particular SMS/SCCM Site. If/When sufficient packages are sent to a site there is always the likelihood of these compressed files filling the disk and leaving no room for any additional files. Of cours

SMS 2.x
Moving the SMSPKG share or files to a different drive
by Mark Mears - 11/23/2010
The SMSPKG share contains the compressed PCK files for the packages that have been targeted to a particular SMS/SCCM Site. If/When sufficient packages are sent to a site there is always the likelihood of these compressed files filling the disk and leaving no room for any additional files. Of cours

SMS 1.2
Microsoft Systems Management Server Lifecycle Support Calendar
by Don Hite - 7/26/2007
Here you will find information about the lifecycle support for Microsoft Systems Management Server.

App-V (formerly SoftGrid)
Time to get generous with ConfigMgr R2 client cache sizes
by Troy Wilch - 9/3/2008
One of the nice things about being a consultant is gaining collective knowledge in how organizations run and operate their SMS/ConfigMgr environments. One of the things I run across from time and time again is, folks are stingy when it comes to client cache sizes.

System Center Operations Manager
Bookmarking the New OpsMgr 2007 Managment Pack Catalog
by Rod Trent - 12/29/2009
Microsoft recently migrated the OpsMgr 2007 Management Pack catalog to a new location.

MOM
Troubleshooting the MOM 2005 Data Transformation Services (DTS) Package Task on a Forefront Client Security SP1 Server
by lynn lunik - 5/26/2009
The Data Transformation Services (DTS) Package Task is the programatic component in Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 that moves specific Data Tables from the MOM2k5 Database (OnePoint) to the System Center Reporting Data Warehouse (SystemCenterReporting) in Forefront Client Security SP1.

System Center Essentials
Microsoft System Center Essentials - vPro Use Cases Supported
by Josh Hilliker - 9/10/2008
Here are the key use cases supported by MS SCE (Microsoft System Center Essentials).

Scripting
Copying Active Directory Group Membership For Software Distribution – Powershell
by Chris Nackers - 1/12/2010
Through SMS/SCCM we use AD groups for software distribution. Something that happens often enough is that we need to copy the groups that one computer is a member of to another computer.

Windows PowerShell
Copying Active Directory Group Membership For Software Distribution – Powershell
by Chris Nackers - 1/12/2010
Through SMS/SCCM we use AD groups for software distribution. Something that happens often enough is that we need to copy the groups that one computer is a member of to another computer.

Software Management
Silverlight 3.x – the download – and installation methods
by Rod Trent - 9/17/2009
The Silverlight 3.x installation seems to be hijacking computers this week, showing up in update windows at the most inopportune times.

SMS Installer
Add the IE8 ADM file to available GPOs
by Rod Trent - 5/29/2009
This little utility installs the IE8 GPO settings on your domain controller so that the IE8 GPO settings are available for you to populate throughout your hierarchy.

Patch Management
New Windows Update Agent 3.0 - Resolves 403 Access forbidden error
by Harry Waldron - 12/21/2009
The December security updates went well on all PCs except for our family PC. After multiple attempts to update, I constantly encountered an "403 Access Forbidden error".

Security
Server 2008 Network Access Protection - Reference List
by Steve Thompson - 12/30/2009
Server 2008 Network Access Protection (NAP) is a software based solution that allows computers to be checked for compliance, then placed on an isolated network if non-compliant.

Windows
Win7 Secrets: Creating a Godmode Control Panel App in Windows 7
by Rod Trent - 1/4/2010
In Windows 7, you can generate a new “Control Panel” that includes 283 items to sift through by following a couple easy steps

Windows Mobile
Locking down SCMDM servers securely
by Marco Nielsen - 12/30/2009
Just a quick nod to J.C. Hornbeck and Clint Koenig at Microsoft on the great reminder to use the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) for Windows 2003 templates available in the SCMDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit – Server Tools download.

SQL Server
SRS report writing for dummies
by Sherry Kissinger - 12/30/2009
My co workers will likely laugh (under their breath) at me, but I felt I needed this step-by-step for myself, so I can reference it in the future, the next time I need to create a prompted SRS report, or one that links to another SRS report.

Exchange Server
Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer
by Scott Moss - 11/6/2009
Last night I heard about a cool FREE Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer that is available on the internet.

Small Business Server
Changing the Remote Web Workplace Port Access Number
by Rod Trent - 7/22/2009
I had to change the RWW port number recently, due to recent Windows updates on the server hosting RWW that blocked the original RWW port.

Web Technologies
Management Point as IE Search
by Tom Watson - 9/25/2009
This is probably more useful if you have a large multi site environment. As you probably know, if you manage SMS 2003 or ConfigMgr, you can quickly find the status of a Management Point.

Sharepoint
SharePoint Search Tip: Unknown Error. Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.
by Rod Trent - 12/1/2009
This is a really obscure error message when SharePoint search is not working on your site (thanks Microsoft). And, really, unless you know what’s going on, there’s really no way to troubleshoot this one.

Active Directory and Group Policy
Copying Active Directory Group Membership For Software Distribution – Powershell
by Chris Nackers - 1/12/2010
Through SMS/SCCM we use AD groups for software distribution. Something that happens often enough is that we need to copy the groups that one computer is a member of to another computer.

Microsoft Office
How to change your Office install registration code
by John Gormly - 9/8/2009
Have you ever installed Office, only to try and activate it and find out you've used all your "activation" options?

Macintosh-Apple
OSX - Snow Leopard Safari 64BIT and Citrix
by Kelly King - 12/1/2009
For those of you who have recently upgraded to OSX Snow Leopard, I hope you notice that Safari is now 64BIT natively.

Hardware and Gadgets
iPhone Inventory with SCCM - Apps installed, last backup date, Version
by Sherry Kissinger - 12/17/2009
Ever get some other group come to you, and ask if you can gather information on devices which have almost nothing to with a Windows-based operating system? Like an iphone for example?

Networking
Mapping drives based on location
by Rod Trent - 9/17/2009
I concocted this batch file script a couple weeks ago to determine where a client was accessing the network from and then mapping shares accordingly.

Support Management
What is IT-Commerce?
by Travis  Davis - 12/1/2009
IT-Commerce is a proven methodology designed around a group of products that promote the user’s ability to efficiently procure and deploy software and services via a web portal.

Miscellaneous
WAIK, MDT, SCCM, OSD = Alphabet Soup
by Jason Sandys - 9/28/2009
There are numerous tools provided by Microsoft to deploy Windows; however, I see a lot of confusion and questions about which of these tools to use, when to use it, and what the roles of each of them are.

SMS Alliance
Grant Thornton LLP chooses Sybase iAnywhere to manage 3000 mobile devices
by Rod Trent - 4/30/2007
US Member Firm of Global Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory Organization Leverages Information Anywhere Suite to Streamline Desktop and Mobile Laptop Management.

Altiris
Microsoft Application Virtualization (MAV) / SoftGrid and Symantec Altiris SVS clients on the same machine BSOD
by Shaun Cassells - 8/26/2008
It looks like the filter driver in Softgrid cannot deal with SVS on Windows XP SP2.

1E
Energy Management in Practice
by 1 E - 9/8/2009
Tackling Hard to Reach Distributed Energy Losses in the Non-Intensive Energy Use Sector – Power Management in PCs.

Virtualization
Managing a growing virtual environment
by Travis  Davis - 12/21/2009
In an ever growing world of streamlining your processes through the virtualization of companies servers, PCs and test environments, the industry is seeing the highest ever use of software applications like VMware’s ESX and many flavors of VM Workstation along with Microsoft’s Virtual PC/Server.

Microsoft Deployment
SCCM 2007 - OSD Configuration - Enabling Disk Quick Format
by Mike Lucero - 1/12/2010
The default configuration of the Format and Partition Disk task sequence is to fully format the target partition. If you would like to change this to quick formatting, do the following...

System Center Mobile Device Manager
Locking down SCMDM servers securely
by Marco Nielsen - 12/30/2009
Just a quick nod to J.C. Hornbeck and Clint Koenig at Microsoft on the great reminder to use the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) for Windows 2003 templates available in the SCMDM 2008 SP1 Resource Kit – Server Tools download.

Network Access Protection
Server 2008 Network Access Protection - Reference List
by Steve Thompson - 12/30/2009
Server 2008 Network Access Protection (NAP) is a software based solution that allows computers to be checked for compliance, then placed on an isolated network if non-compliant.

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