ConfigMgr 2007: OS Deployment of Windows Vista/Server 2008 ends up on D: instead of C:

Here’s an interesting OSD related issue I got from Vinay Pamnani, a Support Engineer in our Manageability group.  If all your Vista or Win2K8 deployments mysteriously end up on the D drive then maybe this is your issue: ======== Issue: When deploying Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 via OSD, the installed operating system shows…

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ConfigMgr 2007: Status Message 2407 in SMS_SQL_MONITOR after upgrade from SMS 2003

Today’s tip comes from a Ryan Anderson, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in our Texas office.  If you’re getting 2407’s after an upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 then Ryan may have your solution: ======== Issue: After upgrading from SMS 2003 SP2 or SP3 to the Select version of Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, you…


ConfigMgr 2007: PC does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU

Here’s another cool OSD tip from Frank Rojas.  If your clients are joining the domain like you expect then maybe this is what you’re running into: ======== Issue: A client does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU in the “Apply Network Settings” task of a Task Sequence…

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Didn’t pass that Microsoft Certification exam? Get a free second shot

Just an FYI that Microsoft is offering a free second chance to pass that Microsoft Certification exam as well as a 25% discount on an additional exam.  You better hurry though as you have to sign up by December 31st.  ======== Second Shot now gives you two incentives to get certified! In the real world,…

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SMS 2003: Monthly Recurring Advertisement Schedule incorrectly skips the month of November

Here’s a heads up on a particularly odd issue we’ve begun to see with SMS.  If you’re wondering why your recurring advertisements haven’t run since the Daylight Savings Time updates then this is probably why.  Special thanks to our own Buz Brodin for his work and for writing this up: ======== Issue: After applying the…


ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence Fails with Unspecified error 80004005 and SETUPACT.LOG indicates invalid product key

Here’s another awesome troubleshooting tip sent to me by Clifton Hughes in our Las Colinas office.  If you’re deploying Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista and your Task Sequence bombs out with a 80004005 error you’ll want to take a look at this: ======== Issue: A Task Sequence Fails with error 80004005.  The SMSTS.log file…


New and updated Knowledge Base articles for 11-2 through 11-8

Wow, we hit the mother lode this week.  We had one new and eight updated Knowledge Base articles covering everything from SMS 1.2 to ConfigMgr 2007.  Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Mgmt Svr 2.0 SP2 EN 328386 – How to extend the Sms_def.mof file by using the Windows Management Instrumentation Registry Providers Published…


News and Support information – Now on Twitter

Hi everyone, just a quick FYI that if you’re signed up for Twitter you can now receive Tweets on all the info I post here as well as some of the other sites I contribute to and monitor.  Just follow MSManageability and you’ll get them all.  So why Twitter?  Well, the main reason is because…


Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-26 through 11-1

We had three updated and three new Knowledge Base articles for the week – three on SMS and three on ConfigMgr 2007.  Links and titles are below: ======== Sys Mgmt Svr 2.0 SP2 EN 294786 – SMS: How to Use a Non-Domain Administrator Service Account Published – Updated Sys Mgmt Svr 2.0 SP5 EN 821962…