Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

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  • Blog Post: Automating Software Updates

    The monthly process of preparing and deploying software updates is familiar territory for every ConfigMgr administrator. But, monthly software update management is not only about deployment. Maintenance of the software update environment is a critical activity needed to foster ongoing predictable and...
  • Blog Post: Configuring multiple Software Update Points in a ConfigMgr 2012 Primary Site – What to expect

    I worked through the process of configuring a second Software Update Point (SUP) on my lab Primary site to see how it all works. It was different than what I expected but is very easy and straight forward to implement. First things first – the installation requirements. Each SUP requires it’s...
  • Blog Post: Modifying a Report to Merge Software Update Deployments with Updates Delivered Through Standard Software Distribution.

    A common question I continue to hear is how to create a report that will give the results of all updates deployed to a system, whether that update is delivered through the traditional software updates mechanism or through standard software distribution, such as a package. This is an important question...
  • Blog Post: Using System Center Update Publisher 2007 with Verisign Certificates

    Using System Center Update Publisher with Verisign Certificates The System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) allows for third party or custom updates to be published in the WSUS catalog for consumption by ConfigMgr or other systems that use WSUS as a back end. Configuring SCUP to work with WSUS requires...
  • Blog Post: System Center Updates Publisher 2007 and WSUS Self-Signed Cert Option

    What exactly do you need to do to get your environment ready to use the System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) with the WSUS Self-Signed Cert (WSSC) option? There are a few key steps. First, you have to configure SCUP to sign patches with the WSSC. To do that, select the settings option from the console...
  • Blog Post: Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part III

    In this final installment of this software updates series we will review the software update synchronization process. There are a couple of variations of the sync process but, as you might expect, all involve a WSUS server – known as a software update point in ConfigMgr– at each primary ...
  • Blog Post: Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part II

    In part II of this discussion we will review CI’s and SDM packages. Our discussion is focused on software updates but the concepts we will discuss also apply to DCM, NAP and OSD – all components that are built on the CI and SDM objects. First, some definitions. CI – A CI is short...
  • Blog Post: Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part I

    Several folks have asked that I transform my MMS 2011 presentation on the internals of software updates into a blog post. Happy to oblige! The topic at hand is focused on software updating – in my MMS presentation I discussed the WSUS (SUP) sync process, SDM and CI’s, what they are and...
  • Blog Post: SCCM state messaging–in depth

    State messaging is a new mechanism in SCCM which reflects point in time conditions on the client.  Status messages, by contrast, work to help administrators track the flow of data through various SCCM components.  There is even a status message viewer built right into the console so these messages...
  • 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: Adding certificates to the local certificates store and setting local policy using a command line – System Center Updates Publisher example

    Certificates are becoming more and more the rage for both SCCM and OpsMgr.  The documentation for both products provides a great amount of information about adding certificates to the local certificates store using the MMC certificates MMC snap-in.  Follow the documentation and you should be...
  • Blog Post: Using System Center Update Publisher with Verisign Certificates - Updated

    I previously posted a blog entry detailing how to configure System Center Update Publisher to work with a Verisign provided certificate.  After additional work in this area it was clear this post needed to be expanded.  I have updated it to include far more detail.  Hope it helps. http...
  • Blog Post: ITMU/SCCM/Patchinstall command line switches

    A question came up the other day about how to set the patchinstall command line switches for ITMU in SCCM.  In SMS 2003 it was a simple edit to the command line for the program but in SCCM there is no such ability since we do all of the command line building based on UI settings and don’t expose...
  • Blog Post: How to install SCCM patches manually on Vista/Server 2008

    Prior to Windows 2008 and Vista software updates delivered through SMS/SCCM would come down in the form of .exe files and be stored in the client cache. During patch troubleshooting one option might be to attempt to run the patch directly, from the cache. With Windows 2008 and Vista updates now come...
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