Are your new clients working?

I have setup many SCCM installations in my time and once I have all the server side pieces in place I like to kick a few quick tests to make sure it is all working as expected.  Nothing too heavy and cumbersome, but enough to see if you have a good foundation to build from. …

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Digging in on application deployment

I will admit, this is a bit of a lame post on my part.  I just wanted to help spread some awareness of a post my fellow PFE, Jamie Moyer, put up.  When I’m trying to troubleshoot some kind of SCCM 2012 application deployment failure it is useful to reference what a good deployment looks…

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System discovery of an untrusted forest fails with 0x8007052E

I got a question from one of my customers the other day that was an easy, but not obvious, answer.  They had SCCM 2012 setup in Forest A but wanted to discover machines in forest B.  They supplied alternative credentials with the correct username and password for this other domain\forest but kept getting back a…

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So you think you can be me (a.k.a Job opening in PFE)?

I have all kinds of quotes running through my head today.  “To every season, turn, turn, turn” and “it’s so hard to say goodbye”.  I have come to another one of those points in life where I am making a good change, but I will miss what I leave behind.  I have made the choice…

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Testing software deployment for a Linux machine

I was recently working with a customer to setup management of their Mac and Linux machines with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and once we had things up and running we wanted to validate the client communication.  In the windows world I often setup a simple SWDist of something like CMTrace to do this, but…

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Quick tips to improve the accuracy of your metrics for deployments

One of the topics that comes up with a lot of my SCCM customers is how their management is looking at reports of things like updates deployments or software deployments and seeing low success rates.  Getting 100% success is rare in any large deployment but each company should know a reasonable number, say 90% or…

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Configuration Management for the non SCCM admin

DCM was a feature in SCCM 2007 that got renamed to Configuration Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  IN 2007 It saw little use outside of FEP.  I encourage customers to take another look at it with SCCM 2012. Now it not only monitors settings and reports back on drift, but there is auto-remediation…

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SCCM, Intune, and you

With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service pack 1 came new ways to manage new OS types.  Mac and Unix/Linux management were big additions, but perhaps equally big was the expansion of mobile device management to manage things like iOS devices, Android devices, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT devices.  This management is a richer…

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KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin

This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  To better understand all the goodness it gives you check out the AskPFEPlat blog or go to the source of one of the guys who helped put it together, my fellow PFE Jeff Stokes. …

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The best group is a DP group!

There are all kinds of new features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) and you have probably read about, watched video, or made use of many of them.  As I visit customers I find there is one very cool feature that most folks don’t realize is actually there:  Distribution Point groups Distribution groups…

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