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Greg Ramsey's Articles

Greg Ramsey, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SMS, has been working with SMS and desktop deployment since 1998. He currently works for Dell, Inc., in Austin, Texas, as an SMS administrator. He has extensive knowledge in VBScript, WMI, ADSI, SMS Installer, Wise Package Studio, and VB .NET. Prior to 1998, he was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and engineering (BSCSE) from The Ohio State University. Greg is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and he is a columnist for He is also cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the creator of SMSView. He can be contacted at


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Windows XP x64 in Hyper-V - Network Drivers
5/12/2009 - Virtualization
Say you manually install Windows XP x64 into a VM, and configure a legacy network adapter. If you attempt to install the Hyper-V Integration Services Disk, you'll receive an error that the Operating System is not supported on Hyper-V.

Removing Drivers From the Driver Store in ConfigMgr Using PowerShell
5/7/2009 - Windows PowerShell
A sample script for viewing Drivers in the driver store for site LAB, on server MyConfigMGRLABServer, that start with the path "C:\testdrivers\"

ConfigMgr HotFix Watch - Disjoint Namespace and AD Discovery
7/9/2008 - System Center Configuration Manager
Do you have a disjoint namespace? If so, take a look at this article (KB 948303),and consider installing the hotfix.

Where are my ConfigMgr PerfMon Counters?
7/8/2008 - System Center Configuration Manager
If you're running ConfigMgr on Windows Server x64, and you launch "perfmon" from the command line, you won't see ConfigMgr (SMS) PerfMon information.

How To: Remotely Show Machine Advertisement Information for a ConfigMgr Client using PowerShell
6/25/2008 - Windows PowerShell
Here's a quick example for how to query advertisements from a remote (or local) system.

ConfigMgr and PowerShell - the RepairClient Method
6/24/2008 - Windows PowerShell
Here's an example of a handy function to initiate a client repair remotely using PowerShell.

How to Compare two ConfigMgr Distribution Points Using PowerShell
6/19/2008 - Windows PowerShell
One of the nice features for ConfigMgr is the Copy Packages Wizard. Using the wizard, you're able to select packages to copy to a distribution point based on packages at an existing distribution point. While this is a great feature, there is some room (or at least suggestions) for improvement.

Hotfix Watch: Operations Manager and Dell Management Pack 3.1
6/18/2008 - System Center Operations Manager
If you've seen these errors: Health service host process has stopped working; Health service Host process encountered a problem and need to close. Take a look at MS KB 951526.

SCCM 2007 Console Extensions GUID Locator
6/3/2008 - System Center Configuration Manager
If you're building or moving console extensions to SCCM 2007, you may find that it can be difficult to identify the proper GUID to enable the extension in the desired location.

How to Trigger ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory using PowerShell
5/30/2008 - System Center Configuration Manager
Here's a brief "How To" for initiating hardware inventory on a remote system using Windows PowerShell.


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