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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Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – Move a Distribution Point Content Library Between Drives

Here we are, week two of the New Year, and the goodies just keep coming. In case you missed it the Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Toolkit has been released and with it brings a whole batch of goodness. Some of the tools included are the usual suspects (PolicySpy.exe, runmetersumm.exe, etc.) and then there are a…

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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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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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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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Long Live Right Click Tools – System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Console Extensions

Admittedly I do not use custom console extensions very often, however I know that these right click tools are quite popular; from time to time I will encounter a customer situation in which creating a custom console extension makes sense. With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager we have a new console, a ribbon, and basically…

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System Center Orchestrator Custom Interface – C# / ASP.NET

Welcome to another System Center PFE blog post. In this publication I will continue to highlight how the System Center Suite of products can help manage and automate complex processes. If you’ve read my first post in this series, you will recall that the process being detailed is the graceful application of updates to a multi-node…

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On Demand Content Distribution / Fallback Distribution Points – A 2012 Configuration Manager Micro-Deep Dive

Welcome to 2013 – It’s a new year and an exciting time here at neilp central. I have several larger Configuration Manager and Orchestrator projects that I will be tackling this year; all of which will be detailed in this blog. In addition to these ‘Mega Solution Posts’, I hope to be knocking out more frequent product micro-deep dive’…

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Client Push Installation change in Configuration Manager 2012 and how to take advantage of this change for troubleshooting purposes.

Yesterday while enjoying a lazy afternoon read through the Configuration Manager 2012 TechNet documentation, I came across this gem which was at the time news to me – Client push installation starts and tracks the installation of the client by using the Configuration Manager database and no longer creates individual .CCR files. When you enable…

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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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