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  • Blog Post: Logging in CMTrace format from PowerShell

    I know there are other examples of doing this out there but the one I use has a few other features including: Getting the PID of the PowerShell instance running and putting that in the Thread column Renaming the file to lo_ once it gets too large Setting a variable to the status of the script based on...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Software from Configuration Manager using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 12th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary...
  • Blog Post: Sync Configuration Manager Application Collections in Service Manager

    This post is the 11th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2012 Direct Membership Collection Manager

    I recently wanted to experiment with creating a user interface with PowerShell. I found that it isn’t very easy without some sort of development tool. I decided to try out the very handy PrimalForms Community Edition from Sapien . To download this create an account, sign in, and download PrimalFormsCE...
  • Blog Post: DMVMUG 2014: DC, Maryland, Virginia Management User Group Conference

    On Saturday, March 8th I am presenting at the DMVMUG 2014 User Group Conference with a group of my peers: Brad Watts – Premier Field Engineer Chris Maiden – Premier Field Engineer Christine Gerth – Premier Field Engineer Phil Bracher – Premier Field Engineer Our presentation...
  • Blog Post: Managing Configuration Manager Collection Membership using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 7th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary...
  • Blog Post: Managing Configuration Manager Collections using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 6th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to Manage Configuration Manager Clients

    This post is the 5th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage...
  • Blog Post: Sync Configuration Manager Client and Operations Manager Agent State in Service Manager

    This post is the 4th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage...
  • Blog Post: Sync Configuration Manager Collections in Service Manager

    This post is the 3rd in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager Connector pulls a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage collections...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure

    This post is the first in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. Series Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure Deploying Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Past Due Applications Not Installing in SCCM 2012

    Jim Riekse and I recently collaborated on a solution to an issue involving newly imaged workstations installing applications via CM 2012. The problem seems to occur on applications targeted at the client that have passed their deadline for installation. In the Software Center on the client the applications...
  • Blog Post: URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors

    This entry is part of the following series: URL Monitoring Part I – The Design URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors URL Monitoring Part IV – Getting More Advanced URL Monitoring Part V – Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool Creating the monitors...
  • Blog Post: URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries

    This entry is part of the following series: URL Monitoring Part I – The Design URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors URL Monitoring Part IV – Getting More Advanced URL Monitoring Part V – Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool Each of the 3 web applications...
  • Blog Post: Custom URL Monitoring Part I – The Design

    The out of the box Web Application template that exists in OpsMgr 2007 SP1 and R2 is useful but there are situations where it just doesn’t fit. Consider the following scenario: The Contoso Corporation’s global IT headquarters is located in Richardson, TX.  They have over 2,000 retail stores spread...
  • Blog Post: New System Center Certifications

    There will be a Live Meeting on October 24 th going over the new certifications for SCCM and SCOM. I will be adding these new certs to my list of things to do. See Trika's blog on the subject and for details on the Live Meeting.
  • Blog Post: Running All Available Programs on an SMS 2003 Advanced Client

    Recently a customer complained that you can't run more than one advertised program at a time on a client, but they could in SMS 2.0. Here is an example VBScript that runs all available advertised programs on a client. 'rslaten 10/10/2007 'Example of how to run all available programs 'If you...
  • Blog Post: The SMS MP for SCOM 2007 does not work properly if the SMS server is not installed to C:\SMS

    The SMS MP Guide actually tells you this: "To specify the location of the SMS installation folder the script uses a system environment variable on the SMS site server. The administrator must create the %SMS_INSTALL_DIR_PATH% environment variable as a system environment variable so that the MOM Agent...
  • Blog Post: How the SMS 2003 Advanced Client Creates Delta Inventory

    I have recently done some research on exactly how inventory is generated, including deltas, and have listed the information below. This information can be obtained by monitoring the inventory agent logs, verbose WMI logs, and applicable inventory WMI classes: Instruction to run inventory comes...
  • Blog Post: How to Delete an Assignment from an SMS 2003 Advertisement

    I recently worked on an issue where a customer was trying to programmatically delete a mandatory assignment from an SMS 2003 advertisement. I saw that adding an assignment is a very easy and documented task, however deleting the same assignment is not. Unfortunately I was only able to work on the...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of the Lost Hardware Inventory

    In large environments, with tens of thousands of SMS 2003 clients, inventory may get "lost" for various reasons. An example of a lost inventory is below: An SMS 2003 Advanced Client reports a full inventory upon install The client continues to report delta inventory of changes The client...
  • Blog Post: Bit Fields and the SMS_Advertisement Class

    I recently worked on an issue involving a customer attempting to create a mandatory Advert using a C# application. The advertisement worked but wasn't mandatory even though it looked to be in the SMS Admin console. There was also some confusion as to how the bit field properties work and why the advert...
  • Blog Post: Finding Overlapping Boundaries in SMS (SMSBoundaries v1.42)

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where an SMS Advanced client ends up getting policy or advertisements from the wrong site, or they are using the wrong MP/DP? This is a very common issue for our customers and determining root cause can be difficult. When AD Sites and IP Ranges were included...
  • Blog Post: Submitting software inventory records to an SMS 2003 MP using the MP API

    There are several supported ways to add data to the SMS database but they typically come from an SMS 2003 advanced client. If you want to add data to an existing client without having to make the agent on the client send it up, or add data to the database for a non-SMS client, then you can use the MP...
  • Blog Post: Submitting hardware inventory records to an SMS 2003 MP using the MP API

    There are several supported ways to add data to the SMS database but they typically come from an SMS 2003 advanced client. If you want to add data to an existing client without having to make the agent on the client send it up, or add data to the database for a non-SMS client, then you can use the MP...
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