Configuration Manager 2007 – 32-bit or 64-bit OS?

As I’m sure most of you are already aware, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is a 32-bit application. Installing SCCM SP1 on 64-bit Windows 2003 and 64-bit Windows Server 2008, is of course fully supported. However, given that SCCM is still a 32-bit application, performance will not be as great on 64-bit hardware as…

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PXE Boot Problems with Configuration Manager 2007

One of the most impressive features of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is Operating System Deployment (OSD) which began life as a feature pack for SMS 2003. An integral component of OSD is a new site role in SCCM called the PXE service point that responds to PXE requests from computers that have been…

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Using Key Management Services (KMS) Across Domains

In some environments it may be necessary to implement Key Management Services (KMS) activation across domains. An example of this can be illustrated by the requirements of a recent project that I was working on. The customer in question is in the process of consolidating a number of legacy domains into a new pristine AD…

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Using Key Management Services (KMS) for Vista Activation

I have been working recently on a large Vista deployment project for an Enterprise customer. An integral component of the project required the installation and configuration of Key Management Services (KMS) to activate all newly deployed Vista computers. Typically, an Enterprise customer will choose KMS as the preferred method of activation as the number of…

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