How to Setup Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Software Update Points

Before we get started a huge thank you to Meghan Stewart (Support Escalation Engineer) and Mike Johnson (Senior Support Escalation Engineer) for their knowledge and assistance with this blog.   I have several customers who have been interested in Network Load Balancing for Configuration Manager Software Update Points (SUP). Reasons vary from wanting to avoid costly…

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Preparing for HTTPS Only

As you can imagine being a Microsoft ConfigMgr PFE, I see a lot of ConfigMgr environments. I usually get asked the question by either the ConfigMgr team or the Security team “How difficult is it to go to HTTPS?” Maybe because I been doing this for what seems like forever BUT, it’s all about the…

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System Center Configuration Manager – All Servers and All Workstations Collections with ProductType

When I go out to customers,  I always like to see how the top collections are populated (All Servers or All Workstations). This is something most customers do immediately after setting up Configuration Manager, build an all desktops collection and all servers to divide clients and set permissions. Even though this is such a common…

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Using a PowerShell Configuration Baseline to Deploy CMTrace

As a Premier Field Engineer, I spend a lot of time with customers coast to coast. One common thing I have seen is customers constantly looking for their favorite log viewer (at least mines 🙂 . Configuration Baselines to the rescue. Anyone that knows me knows I am a huge fan of configuration baselines since…

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Talking Database II

Hello All, this is ConfigNinja here to Talk about Databases. Welcome to the second blog post on Talking Database, since the first blog post was good and now that we have delivered the session at MMS http://www.mmsmoa.com. Thanks to all of the people that attended this event and the sessions I delivered with my peer,…

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Collection Evaluation – One tool, One Report

Hello, ConfigNinja here writing you about Collection Evaluation and information on how to review the current collection performance. Collection performance is often one of those questions I get when working with some of my customers, and recently I got a question about the collection evaluation and the changes made to the collection. I decided to…

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Step by Step Guide to Setting Up System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to Support Management and Installation of the ConfigMgr Client on Mac OSx Computers

I have recently had several requests asking about the support for managing Mac OSx computers in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, so I went to work in my lab and successfully set this up. There were so many different articles around the needed certificates, roles, client settings, etc… that I felt it would help to…


Reboot Pending Report, How to create the report.

A few days ago one of my peers ask me a very interesting question, how can I get a report that show reboot pending machines. I told him this was not an easy task to be performed in ConfigMgr 2012 due to the many parameters that makes a machine in need of a reboot. So…

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