Troubleshooting PXE boot issues in Configuration Manager 2012

A very short one from me today, we recently published an interactive tutorial in troubleshooting PXE. Choose to get straight down to it or go through an overview and background of PXE first: Rob York Premier Field Engineer


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…


How To Auto Uninstall User Device Affinity Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

Before Christmas, a colleague came to me with a customer scenario where they were leveraging User Device Affinity to pre-deploy software installations to users, however they were looking for a method to automatically uninstall the software when either a user’s device affinity changed or the application was revoked. The application virtualisation white paper discusses methods…


CM TechDay Additional Content

Hi All, This post is meant as a reference to additional content for those that attended our TechDay on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager last week.  That said, the resources below may be generally useful for anyone working on Configuration Manager. First up we have Ricky Simpson's network bandwidth testing sessions script references: To…


PFE UK is Hiring!!

Premier Field Engineering UK is hiring and we currently have vacancies for System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operation Manager. Premier Field Engineers work with our enterprise customers to help them gain the most from our products. If you are interested in joining the fantastic team that is PFE UK and to help further the…


Deploying Hyper-V Integration Services to VMs using Config Manager and DISM

Hi, my name is Leigh Simmonds and I’m part of the UK PFE System Center team working on Private Cloud projects covering technologies such as Hyper-V, SCVMM and Configuration Manager.  Hyper-V Integration Services often need to be updated when a major update such as a Service Pack is applied at the Host level.  This can…


Unix/Linux Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Updated

The ConfigMgr product team has just released an update to the Unix/Linux client.  This update adds support for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris 11, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu.  It also introduces a new common Open Management Infrastructure CIM server (OMI version, along with simplified common universal agent for cross distro support in Linux and…


ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview

ConfigMgr 2012 Client Cache – Part 1: Overview I’ve been asked a few times lately about how the Client Cache works in Configuration Manager, where is it, what size it should be set to, how it behaves etc. so I thought that maybe it was time for a blog! I’m intending for this to be…


ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and UNIX/Linux Clients – Part 2: General Operations and Inventory

So finally I got around to writing up part two of this three part series on managing UNIX and Linux clients with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1, which is going to cover general client operations and inventory. So first things first, as we’re talking UNIX and Linux management it’s important to recognise that much of the…


ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and UNIX/Linux Clients – Part 1: Introduction and Client

UPDATE (saudm, 08/05/2013): Part 2 of Adam’s series on Linux mgmt is now available here: At a number of internal conferences recently I, along with two other Premier Field Engineers; Neil Peterson and Thorsten Henking, presented a series of sessions on managing UNIX and Linux clients with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. The intention of…