Where do I find Configuration Packs?

I get the question a lot of where do I find all the available Configuration Packs.  Well System Center has a new site that allows for you to quickly and easily find content for Configuration Manager and find all Configuration Packs.  The new site is Microsoft System Center Marketplace which can be found here: http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com….

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Configuration Pack Documentation Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when documenting configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. All configuration packs should include a word document that describes each configuration baseline, item, setting and rule. Each setting and rule should include the following inline in the…

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Configuration Pack Testing Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when testing configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. All configuration items and baselines should be tested on all supported platforms and architectures i.e. If configuration pack is for Windows Server 2008, then should only test on…

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Configuration Pack Development Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when developing configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. If you want your configuration pack to work with both Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012 write the configuration pack using the DCM digest schema for Configuration…

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Announcing the Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Configuration Pack

I am happy to announce that the Service Manager team has released the Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Configuration Pack. This desired configuration management pack gives customers the ability to use the desired configuration management feature in Configuration Manager 2007 to evaluate their deployment against the best practice baselines defined by the Service Manager…

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Announcing the Microsoft Exchange 2007 Operational Configuration Pack

This configuration pack contains configuration items intended to manage your Exchange Server 2007 server roles. The settings contained in this configuration pack are based on the results of service engagements by the IT Operational Excellence Organization, a part of the Microsoft Services division.  The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Operational Configuration Pack includes configuration items for…

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Announcing two System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs

For the past several months I’ve been working on two System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs.  Configuration Packs are definitions for the new Desired Configuration Management (DCM) component in ConfigMgr 2007.  DCM allows you to assess the compliance of computers against a defined configuration.  A configuration pack consists of one or many configuration items…

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