How to Extend Your Hardware Inventory Using the SMS_DEF.MOF File

With SMS you can run a hardware inventory and discover all kinds of cool information about the computers in your environment.  Without going into too much detail, SMS does this by querying WMI and collecting the results.  So how does SMS know what exactly to query?  That’s where the SMS_DEF.MOF file comes in.  SMS_DEF.MOF (located in \SMS\Inboxes\Clifiles.src\Hinv) tells…

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SCCM2007: Install Tip – Client Bits Downloaded During Setup

If you follow Jeff Gilberts blog then you probably saw his post about the importance of reading release notes any time you’re installing something new, but I want to bring your attention to one specific issue addressed in the release notes for System Center Configuration Manager 2007. The Configuration Manager Setup Wizard has a page…

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SMS 2003 ITMU may fail to scan for update compliance on Windows 2000 Systems.

Update: 8/14/2007  4:00 pm KB 941440 has been published for this issue.  Please reference the KB for more complete information regarding this issue.  You may access the KB via this link:    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941440/en-us    Original post: With the pending deployment of the August Cab file an issue has been identified for Windows 2000 systems which did…

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SMS 2003 SP3 Add/Remove Programs reports may cause a CPU Spike and/or SQL Timeout.

9/17/2007 This fix is now ready and can be obtained by contacting CSS and requesting this fix. For details please review KB 939872   Updated on 7/18/2007: A fix is being developed for this issue and is expected to be available in the first half of August.  A more precise date is not available as final development and…

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KB937882 – After you install SMS 2003 SP3, the Wmiprvse.exe process may generate high CPU usage on client computers during hardware-inventory operations

A Knowledgebase article is now available which documents the recent issue discovered after installing SMS 2003 SP3. This article is available via the following link http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=937882  and has an article number which is different that that previously document here. A hotfix for the issue is currently being worked upon, please follow the information in the…

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SMS 2003 SP3 Clients with 100% CPU tied to Hardware Inventory

  This issue was first reported on in newsgroups. Here is what you need to know (Screen shots included!) The Problem: The SMS_DEF.MOF class SMS_AutoStartSoftware introduced with SP3 may conflict with Autorun items in some client configurations. This can result in an instance of the WMIPRVSE.EXE process utilizing 100% CPU on the client while inventory…

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Update: 9-27-2006: Performance issues when SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU)

(The original blog on this topic is here) Recently KB 924148 has been updated with relevant information regarding this problem.  The guidance provided by this KB is current and should address the issues associated with CPU performance consuming the client system during ITMU scans.  The new .CAB provided that is already posted has addressed the…

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SMS 2003 SQL Views to Create Custom Reports Guide

If you’ve been seeking a great resource for creating SMS 2003 Reports and need some guidance on using the SQL Views to do so please check out this new Guide: Using SMS 2003 SQL Views to Create Custom Reports: Download it here! This contains information regarding the SQL View Schema and how to put it…

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ITMU and High CPU Usage During Scan Update

The product teams continue to work diligently on this issue.  They are getting close to root cause on this problem and more information will be coming soon. In the short term, there is a new release of the wsusscan.cab file which has proven to help customers who are experiencing this issue.  In initial tests, we…

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SMS 2003 Management Point IIS Account Permissions

I’d like to share information regarding how SMS 2003 Management Points leverage IIS.  Lately Product Support has seen an increasing number of issues with IIS account entanglements at the root of the problem.   Unfortunately it is beyond this blog to provide everything you might need to know about MP’s (and related SMS Roles) and…

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