Monitoring Database Replication Efficiency in Configuration Manager 2012

In this blog post I want to look at DRS replication within System Center Configuration Manager and discuss some impacts that can be seen in a busy site.  If you are running a single site environment, then this article is not for you.  If you run a CAS and multiple primary sites then you might…

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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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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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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,…

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PKI – Let’s make it Secure

Post three of what currently stands at a 4 part introduction to Public Key Infrastructure from my colleague Jason Wallace. Jason is laying the foundations to cover some ConfigMgr related certificatary (I know that’s not really a word, but it’s the end of a very long hot day and I need to amuse myself somehow)…

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PKI - Let's Keep it Secret

 Over here in Thames Valley Park, myself and a few colleagues attended a brilliant session on Intel vPRO, in particular, playing about with AMT (Active Management Technology) which integrates with Configuration Manager under the Out Of Band Management banner.   One of the upshots of this session was my colleague, Jason, putting together some details…

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Which Device Drivers Should I Import Into My Boot Image?

Today’s post comes from a colleague here in the UK, Jason Wallace. Jason is a fellow Configuration Manager Premier Field Engineer. Here he shares his knowledge and experience on device drivers in boot images. Enough of me, over to Jason!     Something which we sometimes see are questions regarding device drivers and Operating System…

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