SCCM R3 Beta available

For those that may not have yet heard, the SCCM 2007 R3 beta is available for folks to look at if they are interested.  I’m in process of setting up my own test box to play with it.  It is an open beta program and eval version, so you can only apply it to a…

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Auto-Fix Windows Update Agent

One of the hardest things to tackle in SCCM these days is client health.  It is an on-going issue because it is hard to diagnose and hard to programmatically fix.  SCCM’s client is much improved over older versions but it still has occasional issues and its dependencies such as WMI and Windows Update Agent still…

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How to move a collection

This is one of those little known tricks of SMS/SCCM, but it can be handy.  I often run into customers who have SMS 2003 and their collection management is out of control for various reasons.  When going to SCCM they want to clean up their collections.  Deletion is the easy way to do that, but…

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A warning about direct memberships in collections

Today’s blog post again comes from a fellow PFE and I can’t take any credit.  However, I thought it was a worthwhile topic and I wanted to make sure the knowledge and information is out there for other folks. When you create a collection and decide to populate it you have two options, direct membership…

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Troubleshooting OSD with-out being there

I can’t take any claim for this idea but it is one that I think is handy enough, and not very well known, that I am trying to spread the word.  One of my co-workers has a great way to capture OSD logs when a failure occurs so they can be easily read and not…

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Active Directory Discovery…, or not

As I am working with customers often times there is a discussion about Active Directory discovery (usually systems, sometimes users).  People often do not want to discover EVERYTHING in AD, only a sub-set.  If they already have a specific OU or two to aim at, that’s great and SCCM can do an LDAP query to…

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SCCM v.Next slide deck

Many folks may know this but for those that do not I’m making this post. Microsoft has posted on Http://connect.microsoft.com a program for TAP nominations for “Configuration Manager vNext.”  If you have a passport account you can subscribe to the group with-out committing to any thing.  Once you have applied to this group you can…

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All Requested Software Updates

Something that I recently learned from a colleague of mine was how to create a search folder in SCCM to show all the software updates required by client machines.  It is non-intuitive, but in my testing it does seem to work. Under Software Updates –> Update Repository –> Search Folders you should create a new…

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Professional Blogging

Hi and Hello.  I’m a Premier Field Engineer here at Microsoft specializing in System Management Server (SMS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).  I’m starting up this blog to share some of the many tips and tricks I learn about while working here at Microsoft, and specifically with SMS and SCCM.  I hope to help…

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