Now Available: System Center 2012 SP1 Beta: Configuration Manager Clients for Additional Operating Systems

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta supports the management of Linux and UNIX servers. The clients for Linux and UNIX extends the scope of your Configuration Manager environment to collect inventory, deploy software, and run reports about Linux and UNIX servers in your enterprise. The client operates as a workgroup client that is… Read more

KB: Installing a Configuration Manager client fails with "There was a problem starting PolicyAgentProvider.dll The specified module could not be found"

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where Security Update MS10-019 may not visible in the Configuration Manager console for some operating systems. ===== Symptoms When installing the System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) client, the process fails with the following error: There was a problem starting PolicyAgentProvider.dll The… Read more

How to easily compare two ConfigMgr 2007 client systems that exist in different collections

Hello, Lee Stevens again with a collection reporting tip… So, here is a great little query that you can use to compare two tables for systems that happen to be in both collections.  In this query, we will be finding computer names, their joined domain (or workgroup), and the last known logged on user based… Read more

Configuration Manager 2007 R3 SP2: An Explanation of Server and Client Communications

The following post was written by Charlie Chen (MCS): ===== Though System Center Configuration Manager 2007 has been out for some time now (currently at R3 SP2), and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is due to be out soon, there still lingers occasional questions such as, “How do Clients communicate with the Site Servers,” and… Read more

New Hotfix: Program does not run in a task sequence on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client if the program name contains extended ASCII characters

Consider the following scenario: You create a deployment package on a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) site server. You create a program in the package. The name of the program contains extended ASCII characters. You create a task sequence, and you add an Install Software step to the task sequence…. Read more

New KB: Upgrading the Microsoft App-V client from 4.5 to 4.6 silently using ESD

This isn’t necessarily ConfigMgr 2007 specific but if you’re using System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 then this one’s for you.  This is a new Microsoft Application Virtualization Knowledge Base article we published this morning that shows you how to upgrade the Microsoft App-V client from 4.5 to 4.6 silently using an… Read more

Configuration Manager 2007 client downloads hang or take a very long time when your package contains many folders and files

Here’s an interesting issue I ran into the other day and I thought I’d post it here in case anyone happened to see it.  The issue is one where if you have System Center Configuration Manager 2007 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 with WEBDAV 7.5, clients doing downloads using BITS can either appear to… Read more

Installation of the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 client fails with the error "MSI: Configuration Manager Client is not installed"

I’m still working through the backlog of new Knowledge Base articles we’re pushing out and thought I’d give you a heads up on another new ConfigMgr 2007 article we published this morning.  This one describes a scenario where you get "MSI: Configuration Manager Client is not installed" trying to install the client: ===== Symptoms Attempts… Read more

How to troubleshoot Advanced Client Push Installation issues in Systems Management Server 2003 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007

I just wanted to let everyone know that we recently updated Knowledge Base article 925282 to include System Center Configuration Manager 2007.  In all honesty it always applied but before now we really didn’t make that entirely clear, so if you’ve seen the article before the contents are largely the same it just now applies… Read more

Information on the ConfigMgr 2007 client side process for Software Updates

I want to take a minute and walk through the process a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 client goes through when processing Software Updates but before we get into that I’d like to explain how to find information specific to a particular update in the client side log files.  When viewing the logs on the… Read more