Tag: Configuration Manager

Before You Install System Center … Clean Up Those Computer Accounts

First, I hope you’ve done some planning/architecture/proof of concept.  Next, clean up the environment.  Products that deploy agents, such as System Center Essentials (SCE), Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr), and Operations Manager (SCOM/OpsMgr), will allow you to track the success of agent deployment.  And if your network is like most others I’ve encountered over the years, nobody…

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Mastering Hyper-V Deployment Excerpts

Sybex, the publisher of Mastering Hyper-V Deployment, have posted some excerpts from the book.  One of them is from Chapter 1, written by the excellent Patrick Lownds (Virtual Machine MVP from the UK).  As you’ll see from the table of contents, this book is laid out kind of like a Hyper-V project plan, going from…

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Passed the 70-401 Exam

I passed the 70-401 (System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring) exam this morning.  I found most of the questions to be pretty simple.  My advice: know the logs on the client, know the site roles (points), pay attention to software update deployment, and you are storted.  Also pay attention to the various pieces of work…

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Passed 70-635 Exam

I sat and passed the 70-635 (MDT 2008) exam today.  I know it’s old; but it’s required for a some MS partner stuff and a more modern replacement hasn’t been announced as a requirements replacement.  The exam was particularly easy considering that I had done work with Vista, WAIK (Vista and Windows 7), WinPE, MDT…

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So … What Exactly Am I Writing?

You can tell I’m pretty busy because my usual high rate of blogging has dropped significantly in the last month.  Apologies for that.  The blogging has become writing.  I am involved in 2 book projects.  I’ve just seen on Twitter that details on one of those has just gone public.  I actually just saw the…

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Managing SharePoint 2010 using System Center

I’ve tuned into a webcast aimed at the System Center Influencers and I’m going to try blog from it live.  Microsoft’s line is that System Center is the way to manage SharePoint because Microsoft understands the requirements. SharePoint often started as some ad-hoc solution but grew from there to be mission critical and containing urgent…

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ACT for Configuration Manager

Those Configuration Manager teams in Redmond must be incredibly busy and well managed.  They have two product developments going on (ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and ConfigMgr v.Next) as well as producing add-ons for existing products. The latest is the Application Compatibility Toolkit for Configuration Manager as blogged about by Jeff Wettlaufer.  The concept is simple enough;…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning 5.0 CTP

A community technical preview (i.e. a pre-beta, probably buggy) release of MAP version 5.0 has been released on Connect by Microsoft.  MAP is a free set of tools and guidance on how to prepare for a set of technologies, e.g. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, etc.  Version 5 adds: Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory…

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