Don’t forget the provider!!!

I have seen across the internet where folks have been frustrated, unable to remove a site system that used to perform some role in SCCM.  The prior role (DP, MP, etc.) was removed and now it only has two roles listed, “Component Server” and “Site System”.  When attempting to delete it  you can’t, because of…

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Where are those files going?

When working with System Center Configuration Manager (a.k.a. SCCM or ConfigMgr) you see a lot of folders on primary sites where all kinds of files pass through.  Most of these are text files and you can open with notepad.  The hard part is knowing what the file does, and where it goes next.  Most see…

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Time for a Tune-up

Back in the day when I went on site to help SCCM customers all the time I kept a compiled list of tasks that should be done on a regular basis to keep their ConfigMgr hierarchy running well.  I would share this with customers as appropriate and apparently it was handy because I was recently…

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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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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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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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So many site systems!

Here is another little trick that I recently became aware that many folks don't know.  If you run a Configuration Manager/ConfigMgr/SCCM system of decent size you probably have many servers performing variable ConfigMgr roles in your environment.  Then one day you get asked about some role, like distribution points, and you have to remember which servers have…

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