Configuring Servers for deployment as a Configuration Manager Distribution Point (DP)

In order to go from nothing to a finished, completed installation of a System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) client services role such as a Distribution Point (DP) requires that an administrator configures the future DP server automatically.  This includes a few key details that, often are missed, I will outline in today’s post. Granting Central\Primary…

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Building a “Sample” SCOM Management Pack for Dynamically Building Virtual Machines based on Performance of physical or virtual machines

In today’s post, I will focus on how I worked with our System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) team to build the actual infrastructure and setup alerting for our infrastructure to ensure that if our Configuration Manager Distribution Points (DPs) are getting a high number of connections, we will spin up additional virtual machines to help…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing(Part IV)

In today’s post, I will focus on pulling the final piece together of this 4-part series titled “ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing.”  Why is this topic even important?  This, i hope, is rather obvious but in case it isn’t let me share why it was important for us at Microsoft and why you as…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing (Part III)

The last variable in the load testing scenario is the actual creation of your stress tests using a Web tester.  DP downloads from clients can be initiated via Server Message Block (SMB) or HTTP but the default is to use HTTP in ConfigMgr 2007.  The next variable to understand is the use of HTTP versus…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing – (Part II)

As mentioned yesterday, CertPicker assembly or console requires that certificates already be present for your environment and in a folder in .pfx format.  Without these certificates, one wouldn’t get very far using CertPicker so Part II of this multi-series posts will cover how to successfully create the certificate templates for Client Authentication and then will…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Points Load Testing

At Microsoft, we have 280,000+ client machines that are managed worldwide and in our past life we were planning to scale our service to other companies client machines as well.  As part of the platform team responsible for ensuring that our ConfigMgr 2007 infrastructure could scale to support hundreds of thousands of clients (and even…

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Dynamically Deploying ConfigMgr Site Roles using Scripts

Getting Started At Microsoft IT, we are beginning the process of running our ConfigMgr infrastructure on Hyper-V (virtualized) and we are starting to invest some energy in architecting our future data center in a way to ensure we are cost effective yet performance conscious. In this blog post, I wanted to share some of the…

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