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Dell Systems and Advanced Format Hard Drives by gramsey

My colleague Warren has been burning the midnight oil over on DellTechCenter to ensure that you are well prepared for when Dell begins shipping advanced...
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Interesting issue with thumbs.db by gramsey

I'm surprised I just ran into this today – seems easy enough to run into a long time ago. I was working in ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2, and was receiving...
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Preparing Server 2008 R2 for ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 by gramsey

Half the battle of installing ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 is installing Operating System Components and SQL. Here's a very brief set of installation instructions...
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ConfigMgr 2007 Now Supports Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 by gramsey

Hotfix Information (KB2489044) – at the time of this writing, the hotfix is not freely downloadable. The KB instructs you to contact Microsoft Customer...
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How To: Inject Drivers from USB During a ConfigMgr Operating System Task Sequence by gramsey

ConfigMgr OSD does a great job of injecting drivers 'on the fly' into your OS Deployment process. For example, you can create task sequence steps...
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Win32_Product Is Evil. by gramsey

I'm a bit of a fan of Windows Management Instrumentation ( WMI ), but today's post is a bit of a 'buyer beware'.  I'll sum it...
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New Web Report–Show Update Compliance Status for all Systems in a Collection, Based on Update List by gramsey

We had an internal request to "Show me software update compliance state for each system in a collection, based on an Update List". There are...
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How To: List all servers used by your ConfigMgr Infrastructure by gramsey

Here's a quick PowerShell script to show all servers used in your ConfigMgr Hierarchy: 1: $myServers = get-wmiobject SMS_SystemResourceList ` 2: -namespace...
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Get-PingStatusList.ps1–Ping Hundreds of Systems Quickly Using the Start-Job Command in PowerShell by gramsey

Here is a good example of the power of PowerShell 2.0. Say you have list of several systems, and you simply want to see if they respond to a ping. This...
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How to: Expire a Custom Update in WSUS Using PowerShell by gramsey

The Queen of SCUP and I had some Orphans in WSUS that needed to be cleaned up. Not just one or two, but for fun let’s say “More than 10”.  First,...
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Microsoft Daylight Savings Time Updates by gramsey

My colleague Angie and I were searching for “The Latest” Daylight Saving Time Cumulative Update and stumbled onto the following page:   http://support...
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Show All “Succeeded” Advertisement Counts for the Past 30 Days by gramsey

We rely on Run Advertised Programs (RAP) quite heavily at Dell – we have approximately 400 applications available in RAP, available to almost all systems...
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Intel Live Chat on vPro and System Center–8/12/2010 by gramsey

“This chat’s focus is on Microsoft System Center and will give you the opportunity to chat with Intel experts and your peers in the industry. Come discuss...
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ConfigMgr R3 Feature–Right-Click, Add Resources to a Collection by gramsey

*Note – This post is based on ConfigMgr R3 Beta 1 Code.* You may be familiar with some of the home-grown right click console extensions, such as one I...
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Are you still Deploying Windows XP To Older Dell Systems with ConfigMgr 2007 - Driver .CAB files (“Legacy Driver Packs”) by gramsey

My colleague Warren released  the Legacy Desktop Driver Pack for XP today (we released the Notebook Driver Pack at MMS 2010). You can find all Dell...
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