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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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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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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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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ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and R2SP1 – From here to there

With the recent announcement of the latest service pack release for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) product line (http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/05/14/announcing-the-availability-of-sysctr-2012-r2-configmgr-sp1-and-sysctr-2012-configmgr-sp2.aspx) there seems to be a bit of confusion on what to install and in which order.  There is some official documentation available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822981.aspx#BKMK_UpgradeVersions.  I'm going to make an attempt to clarify it for everyone…

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Export that collection membership

Hi folks.  Today's post is on the topic of one of those "so obvious it hurts" topics.  I will admit that as obvious as it is, it wasn't something I clewed in on right away.  I suspect that for someone new to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product it was obvious from the start…

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Fallback DP = no DP

There is a point of confusion currently in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product, and that revolves around fallback DP and how they get used. The scenario is this.  You setup a content boundary group associated with 2 distribution points.  You put the content on all of them. You associate the boundary of a machine…

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