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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Top 3 ConfigMgr 2012 Client Installation Methods

  Hello, ConfigNinja here writing from Germany. Many customers have asked me about what is the best method to achieve a higher number of client installs. And this got me thinking on what are those techniques that I would use more to achieve this goal. First we have to understand all the installation methods available…


SQL Server Version for ConfigMgr 2012

I’m always looking for the SQL Version and need a place to store this links for easy access, maybe you are on the same situation and need the find out about the support SQL Version. The following table lists the SQL Server versions that are supported by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and the links…


Top 10 Recent ConfigMgr KB’s - August Update

Hello all, ConfigNinja here If you follow me on tweeter or my blog I normally share some of the latest news about ConfigMgr KBs, Hotfixes and of course more ConfigMgr stuff.   Top 10 Recent ConfigMgr KB’s: 1. An incorrect locale setting is configured when you deploy a Windows 7 image by using ConfigMgr 2007,…


Installing Sysctr 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 CU2, My Notes

The Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 has been released, I decided to document some of my notes, steps and comments for future reference. Download the CU2 from KB 2854009 Before you begin installing you need to make sure you’re sites are in Service Pack 1. I will be…


CU1 for SysCtr 2012 ConfigMgr SP1–Installation and More.

Hello there, if you missed my tweet post on Friday about the new Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Sp1, here is a quick link and recap on it.  After the hotfix information, I capture some of the screenshots of this fix on my lab.   You can download the CU1 for…


SQL Server for ConfigMgr 2012, eBook and Top 10 Database Issues.

This past week I have the opportunity to speak to my peers about this topic, while speaking of it I tough my self that I will share some of these key values with my blog readers. I know how important this content can be for them, so lets sharp some extra ninja skills today and…