Where do I find Configuration Packs?

I get the question a lot of where do I find all the available Configuration Packs.  Well System Center has a new site that allows for you to quickly and easily find content for Configuration Manager and find all Configuration Packs.  The new site is Microsoft System Center Marketplace which can be found here: http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com….


Getting Started with Updates Publisher 2011

Now that Updates Publisher 2011 has released, you may ask yourself what do I need to do to install and configure.  Here is a high level to do list to help you get started. Download Updates Publisher 2011 from here.  Note that Updates Publisher 2011 supports both ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012 Beta2. Download the…


A couple of blog posts from one of our MVPs

Kent Agerlund, one of our Configuration Manager MVPs, has posted a few blog articles regarding System Center Updates Publisher recently.  Check them out below… SCUP 4.5 A-Z Guide – http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/complete-scup-4-5-guide/ SCUP 2011 – Notes from the Introduction to System Center Updates Publisher 2011 session at MMS – http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/first-look-at-system-center-update-publisher-2011/


Configuration Pack Documentation Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when documenting configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. All configuration packs should include a word document that describes each configuration baseline, item, setting and rule. Each setting and rule should include the following inline in the…


Configuration Pack Testing Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when testing configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. All configuration items and baselines should be tested on all supported platforms and architectures i.e. If configuration pack is for Windows Server 2008, then should only test on…


Configuration Pack Development Best Practices

The following are some best practices that should be followed when developing configuration packs.  This list of best practices is not inclusive and is only a recommendation. If you want your configuration pack to work with both Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012 write the configuration pack using the DCM digest schema for Configuration…


SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practices

3/4/2011 – The SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practice document has been updated. Language information has been added to the "Defining Metadata" section. 11/15/2011 – The SCUP Catalog Authoring Best Practice document has been updated.  The “Revising an update vs. new update” section has been updated along with the addition of the “Creation Date” section. Over…


How to remove orphaned SCUP updates…

One of the most common questions I’ve been asked is, “How do I remove SCUP updates from Configuration Manager?”.  The answer is fairly easy, you expire the update in SCUP and the re-publish it into WSUS.  Then on the next scheduled ConfigMgr/WSUS synchronization the update will be marked as expired in the ConfigMgr UI.  Finally…


“Network Path Not Found” and “The Specified Network Name Is No Longer Available” errors when running Symantec antivirus products on Windows Server

Hello, I am Robert Paige from the Windows Server Partner Ecosystem Team. In December, I posted an article on the Windows Server Division WebLog about networking issues that can result from running versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection prior to version 11.0.4202 or Symantec Antivirus 10.2 on a Windows Server. The solution to the problem has…