Test your knowledge of Configuration Manager 2007 – Now with added Silverlight!

The Configuration Manager writing team have just published a major update to the Configuration Manager quizzes. These quizzes are a great way to learn more about some of the features of the product. Each quiz contains 10 questions that can be answered Yes or No. Regardless of your answer, the quiz will display the correct…

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Out of Band Management Requirements for In-Band AMT Provisioning and DHCP

The out of band management prerequisites for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 listed DHCP as an external dependency for out of band (bare metal) provisioning only.  It has since come to our attention through the TechNet forums that in-band might also have this requirement for option 15, the Domain name.  However, it’s possible that even if…

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Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for December 2008

No, there’s no new release of the software this time.  But that didn’t stop us from continuing to make revisions and additions to the Configuration Manager documentation library.  The library is now updated on the Web: TechNet Configuration Manager documentation library.   For a list of topics that have had a significant technical change since…

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Clarifying: Retry Behavior for Distribution Points

We had a lot of customers ask what happens when a branch distribution point that’s running on a workstation-class computer exceeds the maximum number of 10 concurrent sessions.  The 10 concurrent sessions is a limitation of the operating system, and not something under the control of Configuration Manager, so this wasn’t originally tested.  There was…

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Native Mode Certificate Selection Criteria Cannot Use Attributes with Spaces

It’s recently come to our attention that if you are using certificate selection criteria with certificate attributes that include spaces, the spaces can be stripped out and so certificate selection for a valid certificate will fail. Certificate selection is required on clients if there is more than one valid certificate with client authentication capability in the…

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Announcement: The “Creating Custom Reports by Using Configuration Manager 2007 SQL Views” documentation package is now available for download!!

Creating custom reports in Configuration Manager can be a challenge, not only to create the SQL statement for the report, but to figure out what SQL view contains the information you need and how the SQL views can be joined together. The Windows Installer CreatingCustomReportsByUsingSQLViews.msi package provides information that will help you to create custom…

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How to Configure ISA SSL Bridging for the Internet-Based Software Update Point

In response to customers on the forums, we’ve been looking into ISA configuration for the Internet-based software update point.  The following steps detail how Adam got this working on ISA 2006, and we will request that the ISA documentation How to Configure ISA SSL Bridging for System Center Configuration Manager Internet-Based Client Management is updated with…

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Revision: Native Mode Certificate Requirements for Internet-based Software Update Point

As a result of investigating How to Configure the WSUS Web Site to Use SSL, we’ve uncovered a slight anomaly with the certificate requirements for an active Internet-based software update point.  When the other Internet-based site systems (Internet-based management point and Internet-based distribution point) accept connections only from clients on the Internet, the native mode…

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Overflow: Additional Quiz Questions for Out of Band Management (AMT)

We’ve recently been looking at adding new quizzes to incorporate the new features in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and R2, so watch out for these to join the existing Configuration Manager quizzes at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b9fb478a-ec98-47f2-b31e-57443a8ae88f&DisplayLang=en.  I’m sure Rob will also post an annoucement on this blog when they are available.   However, when I was asked…

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