Green Computing with SCCM 20007 and Vista

The current global economy is prompting corporations to do everything possible to save money.  Employees are being asked to turn off their computers and monitors when they leave the office, but we know that for one reason or another not everyone complies with this request.  As an SCCM administrator you have a unique opportunity to…


System Center Configuration Manager R2 Released To Manufacturing

The System Center Configuration Manager team would like to announce that the following has been Released To Manufacturing (RTM). Download an evaluation version of ConfigMgr07 R2 from Microsoft Download Center. Your contributions have been instrumental in this release and we encourage you to continue your participation in the Configuration Manager TechCenter Community Page ( where…


How Can We Enable Basic Proxy Authentication On The Software Update Points?

The SCCM admin console does not support configuring the Software Update Point WSUS servers to use basic proxy authentication.  One could run the WSUS administration console and enable basic proxy authentication, but SCCM will overwrite those settings.  The following workaround is untested and not supported in any way by Microsoft, but will allow for basic proxy…


Preload Package Tool for Configuration Manager 2007 Released

The Preload Package Tool (PreloadPkgOnSite.exe) is used to manually install compressed copies of software distribution package source files on Configuration Manager 2007 sites. After package source files are installed, a status message is sent up the site hierarchy indicating the presence of the new package source files. This avoids sites higher in the hierarchy from…


Alert – Microsoft Security Advisory 954474 Revised

What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to notify you that Microsoft has revised security advisory 954474 – System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Blocked from Deploying Security Updates – on 17 June 2008.  Summary: Microsoft has completed the investigation into public reports of a non-security issue that affects environments with all supported…


SCCM SP1 Fix List Is Now Available

The Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 fix list KB article has been published. You can find it at KB953649.


SCCM 2007 Service Pack 1 Is Now Available

SP1 was released to manufacturing last Friday.  It is now available for download at:


How do we refresh a package located on a Branch Distribution Point?

The short answer is, we can’t.  That does not mean that we don’t have a way to update that package on the Branch Distribution Point (BDP), it just means that we can’t refresh them.  In SCCM refreshing vs. updating a package has different meanings.  When we run the Manage Distribution Points Wizard and select  the…


How much do you really know about SCCM 2007?

Want to test your SCCM 2007 knowledge?  Then download the following quizzes… System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Product Feature Quizzes Overview The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 User Assistance team has created a set of quizzes to help you assess your understanding of the dependencies and requirements for key features of Configuration Manager. These quizzes…


What are the licensing requirements to use SCCM R2’s integration with Softgrid?

A customer must have purchased the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and be licensed to use SoftGrid 4.5.  With the appropriate Softgrid client licenses, SoftGrid server infrastructure can be freely distributed and used throughout the customer’s hierarchy.  The SoftGrid 4.5 client is required for the integration with SCCM.