Secondary Sites and SQL Server Express 2012

Lately, I’ve been helping my customer plan for a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade from SP1 to R2.  After a particularly troubled initial upgrade from RTM to SP1 a couple of years ago, I was emphasising how important it was to give the pre-upgrade checklist its due diligence.  Most of the items on the list are fairly…

1

Managing Updates and Revisions in your System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager environment

Managing Updates and Revisions in your Virtual Machine Manager Environment I’ve recently spent some time at one of my favourite* customers (* they have a freezer full of free ice creams) who happen to have a very large SCVMM environment.  One of the admin headaches they have is ensuring their environment has the latest patches and Service…

0

A subnet by any other name...

There has been a lot of discussion recently around boundaries in Configuration Manager…do you use ranges or subnets? All ranges or all subnets?  What about AD sites?  The ConfigMgr product team as put out blog on this here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/03/01/when-not-to-use-ip-address-ranges-as-boundaries-in-configuration-manager.aspx. Rod Trent has raised a few questions and highlighted community feedback over on myITForum: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2013/03/02/official-microsoft-blog-on-ip-address-ranges-as-configmgr-boundaries-met-with-instant-rebuttal/. Now…

2

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…

2

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…

4

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…

2

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…

2

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…

0

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…

0

PKI – It’s a trust Thing!

Part 4 of what currently still stands at a four part series. But I have high hopes for further posts. I was going to start off the intro to this blog by congratulating Jason on avoiding falling into the cliché trap of using Bob & Alice and all their cryptographic friends but you will quickly see,…

0