Dude, where’s my flowchart?

Yesterday was One Of Those Days. I get in around 8:30 after dropping my kid off at school and I do a quick email triage. I had an email from my buddy, Garth Jones, asking if the chm on the product DVD was missing some flowcharts. Uh oh. I don’t like getting emails like that….


The ConfigMgr chm hotfix is LIVE on the download center

A few minutes ago, the ConfigMgr team published it’s first ever hotfix update to the chm on the box. You can go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=81997356-7f18-48b2-a53a-d6f995a47f35&DisplayLang=en to download the x86 or x64 English version. No localized versions are planned for release; this interim update is ENU only but at SP1, international customers will get all the current…


Test Your Knowledge of Configuration Manager 2007!

The Configuration Manager writing team has published the first in a series of quizzes for Configuration Manager 2007. Initially, the following 9 quizzes are available with more to come soon:   Configuration Manager 2007 Client Installation Quiz Configuration Manager 2007 Client Management Quiz Configuration Manager 2007 Client Roaming QuizConfiguration Manager 2007 Client Site Assignment QuizConfiguration Manager…


Don’t Forget the Little Features

Configuration Manager 2007 contains a whole host of new and exciting features designed to make administering computers in your organization easier than ever. However, hidden amongst all of these new features are some incremental improvements to features from SMS 2003 that really add value to the product. In this post, we’ll look at a great…


Announcing: Configuration Packs Are Available!

Ever since Beta 2 of desired configuration management in Configuration Manager 2007, the documentation has tantalizingly referenced Configuration Packs for importing best practices configuration data. For example, from Overview of Desired Configuration Management:  “Download configuration data that has been published by Microsoft and other software vendors and solution providers from the Microsoft System Center Configuration…


Announcing the Configuration Manager Documentation Library November Update

I am pleased to announce that the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library November update has gone live on the Configuration Manager TechCenter. Click this link to see the updated and new content that we’ve added: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892811.aspx! Over 100 topics have been added or updated representing nearly 200,000 new words!  Also, your writing team is very…


How to more easily search the Configuration Manager documentation library online

The Configuration Manager Documentation Library online contains a ton of information, but finding that information can sometimes be a challenge. If you use the search bar on the actual TechNet page, your search results will contain many links to information not contained in the ConfigMgr documentation library. If you’re looking to search only within the…


Rate the docs!

If you’ve been reading the Configuration Manager documentation online then you may have noticed that you now have the ability to rate the docs online and provide feedback straight from the Web page now. I think this is very cool for a few reasons. Getting feedback from customers reading the docs online on a topic-by-topic basis…


Getting To Know Your Dependencies

There’s no argument that Configuration Manager has many more external dependencies than SMS 2003. That comes with the territory of being a grown up enterprise solution. Some of these dependencies can be checked for you by the product and prevent you from continuing until they are present. Others let you continue but provide helpful messages…


Certificate Deployment Options for Internet-Based Site Systems

My previous post warned you that our documented Step-By-Step Example Deployment of the PKI Certificates Required for Configuration Manager Native Mode would not be sufficient for when you come to creating certificates for Internet-based site systems. You need to do your own homework or enlist expertise before deploying PKI in a production environment, but you…