Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

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  • Blog Post: Speaking at MMS 2013 – see you there!

    I will be presenting two sessions Boundary spaghetti!  Lining it all up! ConfigMgr 2012 and Orchestrator 2012 – Better Together Should be fun…see you in Vegas!
  • Blog Post: Fix available for Root Certificate Update issue on Windows Server

    The Windows Server team has posted a blog discussing how to resolve this issue if you encounter it. The blog is available at the link below. http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2013/01/12/fix-available-for-root-certificate-update-issue-on-windows-server.aspx Steve
  • Blog Post: Interesting changes to client push in CM12

    Ran across a blog from one of my colleagues – details some interesting changes in client push for ConfigMgr 2012. Worth sharing so here ya go… http://blogs.technet.com/b/neilp/archive/2012/07/03/client-push-installation-changes-in-configuration-manager-2012-and-how-to-take-advantage-of...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at MMS 2012

    It's been too long that I've been absent from the blogosphere. Been heads down focusing on ConfigMgr 2012 content. Consider this announcement my re-entry into the blogging world. If you will be at MMS 2012 I look forward to seeing you at my breakout session - I'll be discussing System Center Updates...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at MMS 2011

    Just got confirmation today that I will be presenting at MMS 2011.  My session will be on SCCM software updates. BA 23 - Configuration Manager 2007 Software Update Flow - INTERNALS! If you are attending MMS this year (and you should be ) and would like to dive into the inner workings of software...
  • Blog Post: Introducing SCCM 2007 R3

    SCCM 2007 R3 (R3) has released!  R3 is not a service pack – it is an addon that brings additional functionality.  R3 includes all of the features of R2 and requires that SCCM 2007 SP2 be installed because the SP2 version of the SCCM client has the needed functionality for R3.  In addition...
  • Blog Post: Direct Access – SCCM – Managing internet clients

    Do you have internet based clients that you want to manage?  Does the idea of switching to SCCM native mode to manage those client make you nervous?  Do you have Windows 2008 R2 servers in your environment and are the internet systems you want to manage running Windows 7 (Enterprise or Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: SCCM Toolkit 2 Released

    The SCCM toolkit 2 has released – available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5a47b972-95d2-46b1-ab14-5d0cbce54eb8 This iteration of the toolkit includes all of the tools from toolkit 1 and adds some additional tools that had been included in the SMS 2003...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2010

    it was another amazing MMS! It was great to see everyone and I appreciate all of those that attended my sessions this week. Thanks especially for the feedback! As promised I am including zip files with data from both of my sessions. The first attachment is from my OpsMgr discussion (sorry for the...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 Superflows Released

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff385001.aspx
  • Blog Post: SCCM Patching and OpsMgr Maintenance Mode

    Customers using OpsMgr for monitoring and SCCM for patching commonly select the option in SCCM to put MOM/OpsMgr agents in maintenance mode during patching – or even with standard software distribution. This option works great if running MOM 2005 but does not operate as you might think with OpsMgr 2007...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at MMS 2010

    MMS 2010 is quickly approaching – if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait too long!  This year I will be presenting two sessions at MMS SCCM – Configuration Manager and SQL Server Reporting Services – custom Reports ROCK! OpsMgr – Troubleshooting Using the Operations Manager 2007 Resource kit...
  • Blog Post: “Ccmsetup is being restarted due to an administrative action. Installation files will be reset and downloaded again”

    Ever see this statement in the ccmsetup log?  Ever wonder what it means?  When you run CCMSetup again after a failed install there will be a registry entry in place to flag that the previous install was a failure.  It is located at HKLM/Software/Microsoft/ccmsetup.repair.  When this...
  • Blog Post: SCCM R3 is announced!

    R3 will be heavy on power management.  A good read on R3 is at http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2009/09/08/announcing-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-r3.aspx
  • Blog Post: SCCM Unleashed is Unleashed

    A bit of a self-servng post I suppose and I know I'm a bit late in posting this (couldn't decide if I would do it or not) but SCCM Unleashed has been published and it is a very complete book and an easy read. I served as tech reviewer for the book so you can guarantee there are no mistakes! Now please...
  • Blog Post: SCCM features NOT supported through IBCM

    I was looking for this information recently and had a hard time locating it – probably my poor searching skills!  Nevertheless, I found it again so am posting it on my blog so I can always have it close!  The information comes from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693755.aspx The...
  • Blog Post: Custom MOF additions in SCCM – Simplified

    I was working recently on extending the SMS_DEF.MOF and Configuration.MOF files in SCCM to pull information out of the registry.  This isn’t too difficult of a task to do manually but while looking around I came across a really sweet GUI tool that allows you to expand the registry keys of interest...
  • Blog Post: Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    Like I'm sure many of you, I have a lab full of virtual machines.  I can't imagine what would happen to my productivity if I had a system crash and all of those virtual systems vanished at the same time.  The answer?  backup those virtual systems.  How is the question.  It would...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 new features flowcharts

    When SCCM 2007 was going through beta I put together some flowcharts providing detail into how the new components work. Specifically, flows were built for DCM, SUM, OSD, NAP and Peer DP's. Thought these might be useful to the community as well so posting them here. http://cid-3762f206d81ec57e.skydrive...
  • Blog Post: SMSMap

    I'm late to the game on this one I'm sure but just had a chance to look at the SMSMap tool.  This is a tool that will hook into Visio and draw out a diagram of your SMS (and soon to be ConfigMgr) infrastructure.  Source code is provided so you can extend the tool yourself.  If you too...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 R2 has released

    Doesn't appear that a download link has been posted as of this writing but one should be available very soon.
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007 R2

    ConfigMgr R2 continues to make its way toward RTM - have you downloaded and installed it yet? R2 definately has a great list of features sure to be of great interest for many ConfigMgr users. A brief list below... Application Virtualization Application virtualization, the integration of Softgrid technology...
  • Blog Post: Testing Network Speed - Multiple Applications

    A question came up recently about how to determine network speed. In the specific environment small locations existed with just a handful of ConfigMgr clients at each. Each location had anywhere from a very slow network link (256 MB or less) to something a bit more beefy (T1 or better) There was no concrete...
  • Blog Post: System Center Config Manager has released!

    It's been a long wait but the product has finally released to manufacturing. Enjoy!
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