SMS 2003: Basic Client Side Software Distribution Troubleshooting

This is a condensed troubleshooter that addresses some common issues that we see with client-side software distribution. It doesn’t include all of the possible situations you may run into but if you’re new to the product and looking for someplace to start, this may be the ticket. ====== To troubleshoot a problem on the client…

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System Center Pack Catalog Updates

We had a couple recent additions to our System Center Pack Catalog you might be interested in.  The entire catalog can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/scp/catalog.aspx but the table below includes those published in the last week: Top of Form System Center Pack for Bottom of Form Vendor Release Date System Center Pack Name / Description…

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SMS 2003: Finding Overlapping Boundaries

We seem to run into overlapping boundaries issues every so often and without the right tool, troubleshooting these kinds of problems can be very difficult and frustrating.  Typically the way this problem manifests itself is that you find that an SMS Advanced client ends up getting policy or advertisements from the wrong site, or they…

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Duplicate GUIDs? – Fix it with Scripts!

You may have figured out that having duplicate SMS Unique ID’s (a.k.a. Duplicate Guids) in SMS can cause problems. Per KB837374 you may experience the following symptoms: • The SMS Administrator console displays only the last discovered client of those clients that share a GUID. If many different computers have the same GUID, they replace…

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New SMS, MOM and System Center KB Articles for 10-21 Through 10-27

Here are the latest: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942536 You cannot move created objects into a folder or out of a folder if the folder was created on a secondary site of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 10/24/2007 Sys Center Config Manager 2007 AL SMS Server EN-US http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=942700 The task sequence does not run on the protected branch distribution…

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The Microsoft Asset Intelligence forum

This was actually launched back in September but if you’re looking for information about Asset Intelligence or have a few questions you’d like to ask this is the place to go. ====== We’d like to welcome you to the Asset Intelligence forum. Here we’ll cover the different features we made available in the different releases…

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Asset Intelligence: Reports don’t contain data

We have seen some cases where folks attempt to run a report and instead of data they get a message that says :"No matching records could be found".  A different variation of this issue is a complaint that over time fewer and fewer machines appear in a given report.  Both issues have the same root…

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Whitepaper: Transitioning from SMS 2003 Patch Management to Configuration Manager 2007 Software Updates Management

I am pleased to announce that we have just published a whitepaper that provides guidance for customers transitioning from SMS 2003 Patch Management to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Software Updates Management. You can download the paper from here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/8/6/d861e149-76f7-4348-89aa-7f3d9777f5ae/Configuration Manager Software Updates Management Guidance – Migration from ITMU.doc Here is a description: While the…

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Quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions with our pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs).

Using the power of virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations. Some of the featured VHDs include: BizTalk Server 2006…

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