The Microsoft Infrastructure and Planning Design Series: Accelerate Time-To-Solution

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. I often see questions on various Microsoft technical forums requesting information relating to the design of infrastructure to support new Microsoft products in their respective environments. This leads me to believe that there are a lot of IT professionals who may not be aware of the Infrastructure…


Extending the Cross Platform Monitoring Agent in Operations Manager 2007 R2

Written by Neil Harrison, Premier Field Engineer. When System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (OpsMgr) was released, one of the most interesting new features was the addition of Cross Platform monitoring or, in other words, Unix/Linux monitoring. Having been involved with Enterprise monitoring for almost a decade now I was really intrigued by what OpsMgr…


Creating Dashboards in Operations Manager 2007 R2 Using Visio 2010

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Have you ever wondered how to create your own dashboard views based off of System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 R2 data but weren’t quite sure how? It turns out that there is a Visio Add-In tool available that makes this quite easy to do if you…


How To Migrate User State between PCs using SCCM 2007 Task Sequences

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. The other day, a customer asked me for some information on how to get started with capturing user state within System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 as they have an upcoming Windows 7 mass deployment.  As a result, I was hunting around online for an example or…


How to Create a PXE Boot Menu in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Many IT departments are faced with the reality of having to manage multiple images whether it be for desktops or servers.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add your hardware to a collection in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and then pick the image to deploy…


Creating Custom Performance Reports in System Center Operations Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Recently, I was working with a customer and one of the questions they asked was how to create a new report in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007) based on a combination of different performance counters. It seems they had specific requirements given to them…


Deploying Device Drivers in OSD Task Sequences Using SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer In a previous post, we looked at ways of importing our drivers into Microsoft System Center ConfigMgr so that we can use them for our various Operating System Deployments (OSD). We also touched on adding drivers to our boot images as this can easily be accomplished during…


How To Manage Device Drivers When Deploying OS Images Via Microsoft SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer  If you ever had to deploy an OS image to different varieties of end-user hardware then you’ll know the frustrations that can occur when dealing with the multitude of drivers that may come in to play. Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) for OS deployments will…


SCCM OSD: Optimize OS Deployment with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, based in Canada. As I travel around and talk with various customers and organizations, one of the common things I have found is that people are still having a hard time understanding how to effectively use the Operating System Deployment (OSD) features within Microsoft System Center Configuration…