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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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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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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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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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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