Creating Custom Reports By Using Configuration Manager 2007 SQL Views

Yesterday we released a new document to help you create custom reports, determine which Configuration Manager 2007 SQL views contain the information you need for your reports, and identify the path between the necessary SQL views and determine what columns can be used to join them.  I posted the overview below: ======== Overview Microsoft System… Read more

New Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 for R2

Just an FYI that we recently released a new Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 for R2.  So what’s an Infrastructure Planning and Design guide?  Glad you asked.  Here’s the official description: The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series provides guidance for Microsoft infrastructure products. The series is a collection of… Read more

New and Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-19 through 10-25

We had one updated and two new Knowledge Base articles for the week.  Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Center Config Manager 2007 AL 955955 – A task sequence that contains many packages may take longer to run after you install System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 or hotfix 949225 Published –… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence Fails with the error "An error occurred while retrieving policy for this computer (0x80004005)"

Here’s another ConfigMgr 2007 OSD tip from Frank Rojas out in Charlotte, North Carolina.  If you have a Task Sequence that fails almost immediately after it boots into WinPE with an 0x80004005 error then you’ll want to check this one out: ======== Issue: When attempting to deploy a Task Sequence via SCCM 2007 OSD, the… Read more

Log files used to troubleshoot Multicast based Operating System Deployment

Yesterday I posted a step-by-step on how to enable Multicast for your OS Deployments (OSD) so I thought I’d also take a sec to point out the log files used to troubleshoot the same.  These log files, as well as the standard logs for troubleshooting OSD, can be found here: The log files include:… Read more

Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-12 through 10-18

We had two updated Knowledge Base articles for the week.  Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN 941820 – NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing does not work correctly on a computer that is running the SMS 2003 Service Pack 3 Advanced Client Published – Updated Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007: Setting up Multicast, step by step

Over on Steve Rachui’s Manageability blog he has a great write-up on how to minimize your network utilization by enabling Multicast for your OSD  image deployments.  If you’re deploying to a lot of machines at the same time then you’ll definitely want to take a look at this: ======== Multicasting is a new feature of… Read more

ConfigMgr 2007: The %SMSDP% variable is not available in SCCM 2007 OSD Task Sequences when Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 is integrated

Here’s another cool tip on OSD Task Sequences that Frank Rojas made me aware of.  Is there anything he doesn’t know about these things?  If there is I don’t know what it is. ======== Issue: When using SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or Business Desktop Deployment (BDD), a variable called… Read more

Supported configurations for using WSUS to distribute Forefront Client Security Definition updates within SCCM 2007

Just a quick FYI on a recent Knowledge Base article we released describing the supported configurations for using the same WSUS instance to support both FCS v1 and ConfigMgr 2007.  I’ll spare you all the gory details other than to point out the basic server requirements here: • There must be a single WSUS server… Read more