April 2011 - Posts

[ConfigMgr 2007] How do I know if the ConfigMgr Client has been installed on my machine?

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How do I know if the ConfigMgr 2007 Client has been installed on my machine? [More...]

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[ConfigMgr 2007] New KB Article 2539643

Microsoft have just published the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2539643/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

Configuration Manager 2007 Native Mode Operating System Refresh leaves the client unable to receive policies

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[ConfigMgr 2007] What is the default size of the Client Cache in ConfigMgr 2007?

Question:

In SMS 2003 the default size of the Client Cache was 250 MB. What is the default size of the Client Cache in ConfigMgr 2007? [More...]

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[ConfigMgr 2007] KB 826852 Updated

Microsoft have just updated the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826852/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

Ports that Systems Management Server 2003 uses to communicate through a firewall or through a proxy server

NOTE: This KB DOES apply to ConfigMgr 2007 despite the title suggesting it only applies to SMS 2003

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[ConfigMgr 2007] New KB Article 2507187

Microsoft have just published the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2507187/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

Program does not run in a task sequence on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client if the program name contains extended ASCII characters

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[Event] Transform your Datacentre with Hyper-V and System Center

Microsoft are hosting the following event on the 24th May as part of Tech.Days Live in London:

Synopsis

Microsoft is focused on helping customers achieve their goals to drive strategic business value from IT. We believe IT Pros - when armed with the right skills, infrastructure and tools - can drive down costs and complexity and increase IT innovation. Microsoft solutions for Private Cloud, built on Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center, are a key part of our approach to cloud computing, enabling you to build out a dedicated cloud environment to transform the way your team delivers IT services to the business.

This 1-day event will provide you with an understanding of the latest technical updates for Datacentre virtualisation and management. This event will share more expert knowledge and information than ever - with deep dive sessions on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform, Hyper-V virtualization capability, and System Center end-to-end service management capabilities.

For more information and to register goto:

http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/techdays-live/delivering-it-as-a-service-with-the-microsoft-private-cloud.aspx

[Intune] Are you using SMS but dreading the upgrade to ConfigMgr or are you looking to move your Systems Management into the Cloud?

First off the upgrade to SMS to ConfigMgr isn't that bad but it does take a fair degree of analysis and planning to understand the existing SMS environment, decide what needs to be migrated and the method for performing the actual upgrade which I appreciate some companies find scary.
 
I'm also sure there are some SMS users "out there" who are curious over whether Microsoft's new Cloud PC management product (Windows Intune) is sufficient for their needs and could help remove the need for all their on-premise SMS infrastructure.
 
Well if you fall into either of these camps then Windows Intune could be for you, especially as the Intune Product Group are looking for customers that could potentially move to Intune. If you are interested and want to find out not only more about the future of Intune but whether the Intune PG can help you then check out this blog post from The Windows Intune Team Blog:
 
http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/archive/2011/02/15/windows-intune-and-beyond.aspx
 
At the MVP Summit we were lucky enough to have a demonstration of Intune and personally I was very impressed with what the team have achieved to date and also their future plans they shared with us (which I unfortunately can't share as they're under NDA).   All I'd say is because Intune is a cloud product Microsoft has big plans for it and because it's in the cloud I can see the product going through many iterations/ upgrades over a very short timescale compared to traditional "terra firma" (is that the opposite to Cloud?) software applications such as SMS/ConfigMgr.
 
Is this the end for SMS/ConfigMgr? No personally I don't think it is. BUT I do see the logic with Intune and where it fits into Microsoft's Systems Management Strategy and I for one will certainly be keeping a keen eye on it going forward and suggest you do the same.

[Events] UC User Group: Enabling REST clients for Lync, including Windows Phone - 15th April

The Unified Communications User Group are holding their next event on 15th April.

For full details and to register for this event goto:

http://lyncrestwp7.eventbrite.com/

"Join us for an hour long session exploring a Windows Phone 7 Lync client together with a REST server.

This session with give you an overview of how the architecture works, the role and uses of the REST server and a demonstration of the Lync Windows Phone 7 client features including Call from Work.

This Live Meeting is recommended for infrastructure specialists who want to see the capabilities of the  client and developers who wish to extend unified communications features into their applications using the REST server.

Some initial information the client is available athttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/mwo/archive/2011/03/01/windows-phone-7-client-for-lync.aspx.

If you are new to REST servers and their role with mobile applications the Wikipedia article is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REST

For clarity this Live Meeting is scheduled for 15Apr11 at 3-30pm British Summer Time."

 

[ConfigMgr 2007] KB 2504229 Updated

Microsoft have just updated the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2504229/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client cannot register to its management point after an OSD task sequence reinstalls its operating system

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[Events] Tech.Days Online Conference – Virtual Microsoft Management Summit - 21st April REGISTRATION OPEN

To find out more about this event and register goto:

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032484275&EventCategory=2&culture=en-GB&CountryCode=GB

"Join us for this unique, online Microsoft Management Summit, where you can get up to speed with how Microsoft’s current portfolio of management tools, the System Center suite can empower you in your cloud computing journey and help you manage a wide range of different devices in your organisation. With a breadth of topics presented by  industry IT management experts, this virtual summit provides a “can’t-miss” opportunity to be among the first to learn about current technologies spanning System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure. Witness the power of being able to use a common toolset, in a consistent way for your desktop, datacenter, cloud infrastructure and applications and get a good grounding on what is available currently before learning what is coming in the next versions of the products at the UK’s best of MMS event in London in May."

[ConfigMgr 2007] New KB Article 2518896

Microsoft have just published the following KB and I've updated the List of ConfigMgr KB Articles on FAQShop accordingly:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2518896/en-us?sd=rss&spid=12769

Asset Intelligence catalog synchronization process may fail in a localized version of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 site

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