Patch Compliance Reporting Discrepancies On Re-released Update

MS09-043 was first released in August 2009.  The patch was then re-released in November 2009.  The patch code did not change, but its detection method did.  The patch in the MS09-043 bundle that got superseded is KB947319. My customer ran a compliance report for MS09-043 and it showed that no clients need it.  They also…


Configuration Manager 2007 and SMS 2003 Support Statements

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 (SP1 and/or R2) System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and/or R2 now supports the use of SQL Server 2008 SP1. No hofixes are required. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are now supported on Systems Management Server 2003 SP3…


How To Check If A BITS Enabled Distribution Point Is Up And Running

To check if a Management Point is up and running we have the mplist and mpcert http URLs that we can open in Internet Explorer.  We don’t have such URLs to test if a Distribution Point (DP) is up. Management Point and Distribution Point servers are very different roles.  The Management Point is a conduit…


How Can I Increase The Size Of The Smsts.log File?

To troubleshoot SCCM Task Sequences we use the smsts.log located on the SCCM client.  Unlike other SCCM components, the size of the smsts.lg is not configurable in the registry. Keep in mind that Task Sequences can run even before we get the SCCM client on a computer, so the above registry key might not exist. …


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…


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 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.