Dropping some FSP

(My post title is a nod to a Blues Traveler Song) As much as I know about the System Center Configuration Manager product there are always more things to learn, and sometimes older things as well.  Recently I was doing some work regarding ConfigMgr Fallback Status Points (FSP).  For those that don’t know, FSP were…

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Quick provider overview

Nothing new in this post per se but I wanted to get something up and I recently became aware that this is not a fully understood area of the product. When you install an Admin console it has basic information as coded by the developers, combines that with the name or your primary site server,…

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WSUS in Azure

Recently I assisted in brining a new person into my team, Matt Garton.  He comes from the world of phone queues here at Microsoft, which is where I had my roots and a lot of my foundational knowledge.  He impressed me with his product knowledge and we brought him on.  Once on-board I worked with…

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Me… in two places!

Hi all, Sorry this blog has been quiet lately.  I was asked to help get blogging restarted in my new team and that ended up being more time consuming than I had expected.  I think we have the kinks worked out.  I just put up the first post to restart my team’s blog (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/system_center_in_action).  While…

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Why are old AD records still being discovered

Sometimes SCCM can be sneaky.  For those that have been using Configuration Manager for a while now there are stories about surprises of one kind or another.  I hit upon one of those recently.  In my current role I’m in charge of client health and the issue brought to me was a large amount of…

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Closer to the action

This blog may be quiet for a little bit.  For those who follow it you know I was a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.  I have elected to take on a new role and I am joining the ConfigMgr product group to help with the deployment of new product functionality and features to Microsoft…

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What release was that in?

In the past I have seen blogs on version numbers matching to ConfigMgr release names and such and those have been handy for various things.  With our new release cadence I’m finding it hard to remember what feature is in a given release, however.  To that end I’m starting a table to look up and…

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Content not lost

Several months back during some winter storm a power outage hit the building where I keep all my lab machines.  Once power was restored I went to bring all my machines back up but found two had been fried in the surge and needed to be replaced.  One of the dead boxes was my file…

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Status message based collection

Long ago as part of a different post I provided a query to make collections based on status messages.  I have since had several customers asking for this ability, making me aware that the blog post was not very discoverable.  Not surprising since the focus of that post was different. My older blog post was done…

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A simple trick to make CMTrace even more handy

Part of why I enjoy my job is that working with new people and their different backgrounds and experiences often can lead (or force) me to look at things differently and learn something new in the process.  Recently I was doing some troubleshooting with a customer of mine and we were looking at logs, as…

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