Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 2: Use It Or Lose It – The Collections

In the first portion of this multi-blog look at software metering, I discussed how to create a software metering rule, observe on the client both the storage and processing of said rule, and finally discussed the server side summarization and how to manually initiate this summarization. With the metering data collected and summarized it is…

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Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 1: Use It Or Lose It – The Basics

Since the beginning of my involvement with Configuration Manager and SMS I have always considered and communicated with others the notion that software metering data can be used as a trigger mechanism for the removal of unused software. In other words, if software is not used, and this can be proven through software metering data,…

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Runbook Commander 2.0 – Deployment and Administration Guide

Welcome to the Deployment and Administration Guide for Runbook Commander 2.0. The intent of this blog post is to walk you through the installation, deployment, and some technical back end information pertaining to Runbook Commander 2.0. If you are not yet using Runbook Commander 2.0, I recommend checking out the overview found here – Runbook Commander…

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Runbook Commander 2.0 – System Center Orchestrator Console Extension for Configuration Manager

Many months ago I made available Runbook Commander: An Orchestrator Console Extension for Configuration Manager. I am pleased to announce that today version 2.0 has been posted to the TechNet Gallery for download. I have added many features (some significant) to version 2, all of which will be summarized in this blog posting.  I will…

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System Center 2012: Automating Configuration Manager Client Deployment to Linux Systems

With the introduction of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta, we have been given access to a beta client for some distributions of the Unix/Linux Operating System. This is great news and will allow for many (but not all) Configuration Manager features to be leveraged against these non-Windows Operating Systems. As would be expected,…

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Configuration Manager Application Request: Sample Notification and Approval Automation Solution

Update: I have released an installed, configuration instruction, as well as source code for an application similar to the one demonstrated in this blog. Find the information at the folloing site – http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2014/09/10/cmaae.aspx  Introduction – During my last blog post I detailed some of the internal components of the System Center 2012 Application Request and…

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System Center 2012 Configuration Application Request / Approval – Deep Dive and Automation

Introduction – Approaching my ten-year of systems management using SMS / Configuration Manager I can reflect back on many scripts, applications, and in some circumstances full systems I’ve implemented in order to facilitate a ‘self-service / approval friendly’ software delivery mechanism. SMS/Configuration Manager has always worked great as the delivery mechanism, however has historically lacked…

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Cross Forest Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Part 4: Deploying Sites in Multiple Forests

Introduction – Welcome to the last in this series of four articles examining cross forest support in 2012 Configuration Manager.  In the previous three postings I have examined configuration options for client management across a non-trusted forest. To recap, the following scenarios or configurations have been discussed. Scenario 1 – Simple management of a small…

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Cross Forest Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Part 3: Deploying Site Server / Site Systems in an Untrusted Forest.

Introduction – Up until this point each scenario in this series of articles has detailed the management of ‘well connected’ clients. In other words changes have been introduced into existing infrastructure in order to facilitate untrusted, cross-forest client management; however no additional infrastructure has been added. This approach may work well in situations such as…

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Cross Forest Support in ConfigMgr 2012 Part 2: Forest Discovery, Publishing, and Client Push Installation.

Intro – In the previous ‘simple’ example the assumption was that a very small group of known clients would be managed. Because of this, relying on basic ‘manual’ client installation and location lookup mechanisms (manually specified Lookup MP) could have been an acceptable solution. If the scenario was to shift from a few known clients to many unknown…

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