Migration scripts to help move from WSUS to Configuration Manager 2012

Saud from the UK Manageability Guys has been helping customers migrate from WSUS to System Center Configuration Manager 2012. For desktop migrations, customers are usually happy to take all updates or the majority of updates and just start fresh.  For servers, they want to be sure that they only thing they pull across is whatever…


Blocking Exchange Web Services by User-Agent

Let’s say you want to block ActiveSync for mobile devices. Did you know that some clients will use Exchange Web Services as a fallback? If you just gasped, this post is for you! (Also: calm down) Disabling EWS isn’t really an option, as quite a lot of Outlook functionality relies on EWS. However, we have…


How To Troubleshoot and Fix Windows 7 Slow Boot and Slow Logon Times

How long do your enterprise desktops take to boot up to a usable state?  2 minutes?  3?  5?  10?  Does this impact business productivity?  Has your organization had a WDRAP (if not, then why not)?  Is it all about boot times and logon times, or does it go beyond that?  Are some systems sluggish all…


Why Use Windows Performance Analyzer Instead of xperfview?

He was a skeptic, but Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Jeff Stokes has determined that Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA), a component of the Windows Performance Toolkit (downloadable here), offers a level of depth and insight not currently available with the classic Visual Trace Analysis tool (xperfview.exe).   In Jeff’s own words:  “WPA is the frickin future,…


Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell (Part 3)

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In the previous articles in this series we looked at the basic aspects of PowerShell and then the underlying mechanisms that are used to connect both Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 management tools to Exchange.  These articles can be found as follows:    How To Maximize Exchange Administrator…


How to Implement OpsMgr Delegation Models (Part 2)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.  Continuing on from his prior post.  System Center Operations Manager (a.k.a. OpsMgr) provides a facility to share out either the rich or web console to your different support groups within your operational organization.  In my travels to different customer sites, this is one of the least…


Introducing Windows Server 2012 Free e-book available

I highly recommend giving this a read so you are ready for Windows Server 2012.  The dude had a hand in proofing the book and even has a sidebar on page 25 on performance monitoring.  Give it a read, rumor has it there may be some floating around…(read more)


Ready to Interview for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager?

Now that System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is out, you may think what should I do or how I make sure I’m ready to interview for the new product. The first think I will recommend is looking at this blog that I put a while ago, Do you want to pass exam 70-243? After reading…


Project Barcelona: A Revolution in Enterprise Metadata Management – Part 2

Written by Chris Tao, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In my last article, we discussed the nature of metadata, the need for metadata management in the modern enterprise, and some fundamental information about Project Barcelona. In this article, we will go through the Project Barcelona product UI  to see how it can help Enterprise IT administrators…


How To Customize The SharePoint Navigation Drop Down Menu

Written by Chandrasekar Natarajan, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 site, when we take the mouse pointer on the top link bar we get the drop down menu for that particular site. The drop down that shows up after placing the mouse pointer (an example is shown below) is sometimes too quick…