Using a custom certificate store for Configuration Manager client authentication certificates

Author: Ray Rosen, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used in varying degrees in different organizations, and since System Center Configuration Manager 2007, it has been leveraged to support Internet Based Client Management. PKI is also an option to identify systems, as the Discovery Data Manager automatically approves clients when a PKI… Read more

Update 1610 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch is now available

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that update 1610 for the Technical Preview Branch of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager has been released. This month’s new features include: Improvements to the notification experience for high-impact task sequence and required application deployments: Task sequence deployments that have a high-impact to the end user, such… Read more

Guide to Understanding and Troubleshooting Content Distribution in Microsoft Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, I wanted to take a minute and let you know about a new guide/troubleshooter we have available that will help you understand and troubleshoot all aspects of content distribution in Microsoft Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and current branch). The guide helps administrators understand the content distribution process and serves to… Read more

Recreating the SUSDB and WSUS Content folder for a Windows Server 2012 based WSUS computer

Author: Meghan Stewart | Support Escalation Engineer Occasionally you may find that you want to start over in WSUS with a fresh database (SUSDB). There can be any number of reasons for this, but typically I see people doing this if their SUSDB is rather old, has a ton of unneeded updates in it, and… Read more

Hotfix: Pre-staged media is not used in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that we released a new hotfix to address a known issue in ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1. The issue is that when the Application Install task sequence step is applied to pre-staged media, the application downloads from a distribution point instead of… Read more

How to implement a shared SUSDB for Configuration Manager Software Update Points

If you have read the Best Practices for Software Updates in Configuration Manager, you may have noticed that we recommend sharing the SUSDB for Software Update Points (SUPs) off the same Configuration Manager site server. A shared SUSDB setup is becoming increasingly common place, however it can be a bit confusing navigating exactly how to… Read more

New Hotfix: Garbled characters are displayed in the console after upgrading Microsoft Configuration Manager

Just a quick note on a new hotfix we just released. The problem you may encounter is that the Configuration Manager console displays garbled text for content in double-byte or extended character set languages. This text is visible in the following sections of the console: Feature names and descriptions in the Update Pack Installation wizard… Read more

Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006 End of Support

Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006 has reached its end of support date as of October 11, 2016. System Center Reporting Manager 2006 was built as a Microsoft SQL Server-based data warehouse that integrated management data from Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, asset information from Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, and business context data… Read more

New KB: SQL query times out or console slow for certain Microsoft Configuration Manager database queries

Hi everyone, I just wanted to take a minute and let you know that we have a new KB article out for an issue where SQL queries may time out, or the admin console may be slow when running certain Configuration Manager database queries. Note that this issue is specific to environments running Microsoft SQL… Read more

Update 1609 for Microsoft Configuration Manager Technical Preview is now available

Just in case you didn’t see the announcement, the Configuration Manager team has released update 1609 for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview. These Technical Preview releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available so you’ll definitely want to take a… Read more