Auditing Software Inventory Rules in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

I recently conducted an audit of all software inventory rules set within the various environments my team manages. I wanted to perform this audit for several reasons; one of which was to ensure there were no “*.exe” rules still lingering in any environment. In this blog I’ll show how much easier this is in System…


System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection migration experience

Hello, My name is Satish Petwe and I wanted to share some details about our deployment experience of System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (SCEP) in the client environment at Microsoft. We have deployed SCEP on about 280,000 machines as I write this post.  Background From 2009 to 2010, we deployed Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP)…

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Custom SQL Replication reports for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Have you been looking for a way to visually see the status of SQL replication within your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) environment? If you have, keep reading; this blog introduces three custom reports I use for watching replication in a ConfigMgr client environment here at Microsoft. Replication Initialization Report When a site is…


Distribution Point migration from Configuration Manager 2007 using the migration feature of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

In this second blog of mine, along with my coworker Partha Chandran, we are going to talk about the Distribution Point migration from Configuration Manager 2007 using the migration feature of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Before we dive into the steps that are involved in the actual migration process of converting Distribution Points from…

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Meet with the Team Posting on System Center in Action at MMS 2012

Are you headed to the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012 this year? This event (already sold out!) is one of our favorite conferences, not to mention that the event is in sunny Las Vegas. MMS provides a great opportunity to meet with other IT Professionals and to talk shop about managing & monitoring enterprise environments….


Self Service Free Space Disk Monitoring with System Center 2012

The organization where I work provides a management & monitoring service for a number of different online properties managed within Microsoft. We leverage a shared System Center 2012 Operations Manager component platform infrastructure which reduces our operational costs – just one global platform to update, manage, and support. One of the challenges though of running…

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Client Migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

Hi, I am Naveen Kumar Akkugari and I work at Microsoft in the Management Platforms and Service Delivery (MPSD) organization. I work on the Configuration Manager Infrastructure team which provides services to roughly 300,000 client machines at Microsoft.  Below I share the process we followed to migrate client machines from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration…