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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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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Preventing PXE Boot on Servers and Other Critical Client Systems Using MACIgnoreListFile

Following on from my last post here’s another method you can implement to protect specific clients in your environment.   There is a documented but seemingly little known setting in the registry of the PXE Service Point Role in Configuration Manager. MACIgnoreListFile allows you to have a list of MAC addresses which will be explicitly…

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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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Preventing Operating System Deployment On Servers And Other Critical Client Systems

An uncharacteristically short one from me today; although normality will soon be resumed! There isn’t usually much scope for catastrophe in the daily workings of ConfigMgr and very few companies I know of would consider it a business critical application. It is, however, often used to manage servers and even desktops that are running business…

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Software Deployment to Barely Connected Users

In a world where high-speed Internet connections are ubiquitous, even laptop computers can be expected to have some form of regular connection to the Internet or corporate network. However in the past few months the same scenario has cropped up in conversations with customers: How to include computers that barely connect to corporate network, in…

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Using SCCM Local Policy to Selectively Restrict App-V Integration

I am sure my customer are not alone in their desire to control the way in which Configuration Manager takes ownership of Virtual Application delivery to clients on a network. I hope this entry is able to help a few more of you: Because the change to enable virtual application delivery in ConfigMgr is a…

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Manageability Post Details for PFE UK

Apologies for the delay in uploading more information about the SCOM and SCCM roles but here they are:   Configuration Manager:https://careers.microsoft.com/JobDetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=3&jid=16114&jlang=EN Operations Manager: https://careers.microsoft.com/JobDetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=16112&jlang=EN   Alternatively you can send me your CV to rob.york@microsoft.com which I will then forward onto the relevant manager.   This post was contributed by Rob York, a Dedicated Supportability Engineer…

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Fancy a new career as a Premier Field Engineer in the UK?

Following continued successes, Premier Field Engineering in the UK has started recruiting for engineers across a number of technology areas; including System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Operation Manager.   If you are interested in joining the fantastic team that is PFE UK and to help further the great work we do with our enterprise customer we…

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