Disabling User Program Notification for Virtual Applications

I’ve been sitting on this for a little while, partly due to getting confirmation I wasn’t doing anything unsupported, partly because I haven’t had time and partly a couple of other reasons I won’t go in to!   The good news is I have finally found the time to write it up and I really…

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Modelling Conceptual Entities in a SCOM 2007 Management Pack

Drum roll please…. Below is the first Operations Manager blog to be submitted to the Manageability Guys! Meaning we can now live up to our name as it isn’t just Configuration Manager articles. My OpsMgr knowledge is limited at best but I do know how to be persistent; it’s taken a year of nagging and…

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Testing SLP Availability

Hi all, A quick one from me. Ever had site discovery issues on your client machine?    You can stick one of the following into your web browser to confirm that the Server Locator Point is up and running:    If you use AD Sites for boundaries    http://<slp>/sms_slp/slp.dll?site&ad=<AD Site Name>    If you use…

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HELP! Where did the disk space on my Management Point go?

Recently I was working with a customer and we found that their ConfigMgr Management Point had an unexpectedly low amount of disk space left.  When we looked at this machine we found that there were lots of IIS Logs in the %SystemDrive%\inetpub\logs\LogFiles folder.  Eagle eyed administrators will spot that this is a change since IIS6 …

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What Accounts Should I Be Using?

Something which I have seen recently on a few occasions is that customers using the same credentials for ConfigMgr Client Push account and the Network Access Account.  Sometimes, for simplicity sake the account is even a member of Domain Admins.  It’s actually really important that these two needs are not covered by the same user…

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Useful ConfigMgr Resources (Updated)

A while back (2 years to be precise) Saud posted a list of resources to do with ConfigMgr. Below is a well overdue update to that list: ConfigMgr Resources/Information: Learning: TechCenter on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/default.aspx Features (Technical Content): http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb680550.aspx Virtual Labs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb539977.aspx Webcasts: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364 Audiocasts (WMA): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb727202.aspx TechNet Virtual Labs, ConfigMgr: http://technet.microsoft.com/configmgr/bb539977.aspx Download Service Pack 2…

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Improving ConfigMgr Console Performance – Removing the Action Pane

Sometimes I find that the console in ConfigMgr does not perform as quickly as I would like.  My last blog post on this topic showed how we can speed up the boot time for the SCCM console by turning off a web check, but how about when I am in the console itself? Well, the…

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Are My Backups Really Taking Place?

Something which I have seen as a recurring theme a few times with customers is with backups failing and them not realising.  While, of course we would always recommend that you have a test environment with some Hyper-V images where you can always test restores, for some customers this is not possible. In these cases the…

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Improving ConfigMgr Console Performance – Disable TechCenter Homepage

In Configuration Manager 2007 does it take a while for the console to start?  If so, then this little tip will help.  The Console home page attempts to connect to Microsoft whenever you open up the console.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc431367.aspx To prevent the System Center Configuration Manager console from downloading the TechCenter home page 1. In a…

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Fully Automating P2V Migration for Software Assurance in ConfigMgr

?I’ve had this topic on my to-do list for a few months now. I presented on P2V Migration at a customer day we hosted at Thames Valley Park in February. My hesitation came from not really knowing how much to cover in terms of the blog. I’m going to try and keep it short and…

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