Hello from Rob

Hi, my name is Rob Stack and I am currently the newest member of the docs team for System Center Configuration Manager, having arrived here from the United Kingdom in early October. I have been working with SMS since the 2.0 days and managed a worldwide site running SMS 2003 SP2 with 8,000 clients. I played…

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Scrub Scrub Scrub!

One truth I have learned since coming here to work is, it is easy to identify a bad user interface design, and very hard to make a good one. We spent the last few weeks scrubbing the UI text for smsv4 Beta 2. I won’t talk about what is in or out of the new…

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Using SMS 2003 SQL Views to Create Custom Reports

Hello!   A new document has been released to the Web that provides an overview of the WMI and SMS SQL view schemas, an overview of typical SQL statements that are used when creating reports, an overview of the built-in reports and associated components for creating reports, examples of how the views can be joined…

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The Network Access Protection (NAP) Overview Animation is now available to everyone

Hi! The Network Access Protection PowerPoint Animation that Carol Bailey spoke of in her blog posting (Thursday, August 10) was initially available only through the Connect site. It is now available through the SMS Product Documentation Page (http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/techinfo/productdoc) under Learn About SMS, and from the SMS You can also click here to go directly to…

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Want to know how NAP works in SMS, but don’t want to read lots of text?

If you’re an Open Beta customer for v4, you’ll know that Beta 1 Refresh supports Network Access Protection (NAP).  When we did some customer focus groups last year, we found customers understood the concepts behind NAP much better when they saw an animated presentation that stepped through the processes.  So we did some work on…

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MOF Editing Guide Published!

My e-book “Start to Finish Guide to MOF Editing” is now available for purchase from SMS Expert’s website (http://www.smsexpert.com/mof/guide.asp). This guide is a continuation and expansion of Micheal Schultz’s original MOF Editing Guide and should prove indispensable for those SMS admins out there interested in making custom hardware inventory extensions. SMS Expert has graciously added…

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Hello from Cathy!

In my previous lifetime I was a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) living in Silicon Valley. SMS and TCP/IP were my specialties. Yeah, I like training the stuff that makes people’s eyes cross from the complexity. During the .com boom I taught a heck of a lot of people how to subnet. I took the SMS…

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Tip for using SMS v4 Help

You might have noticed we’ve just released SMS v4 Beta 1 Refresh on the Connect Web site for Open Beta. The Refresh is specifically to support Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 2, which in SMS impacts Network Access Protection (NAP) and Operating Systems Deployment (OSD). We’ve also updated the help content, which you can…

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Hello from Chris!

Hello SMS programmers. I’m responsible for the SMS SDK and Working with Jim, just starting to pull things together for the next release. If there’s anything you want to see please let us know. I’m originally from the United Kingdom and am still in mourning about England’s dismal performance during the World Cup (this is…

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Hello from Doug!

Hi Everyone!  Let me introduce myself!  I have been with Microsoft for almost 8 years now.  I was an SMS 1.2/2.0 Support Engineer in Product Support for about a year, became the Technical Lead on the SMS team for a couple more years, and managed the support team for another three years.  I came to the SMS writing team about…

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