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September 2008 - Posts

Over 10,000 hits to my blog since June!

Since I added ClustrMaps visitor location tracking to my blog in June, I've had over 10,000 visitors!

I thought this was a pretty cool milestone for my blog and it's also interesting to see all the places in the world that visitors are coming from on the global map:

global visitor locations since June 08

Running total of visits to the above URL since 18 Jun 2008: 10,009
Total since archive, i.e. 18 Jun 2008 - present: 10,009

 

Posted Sunday, September 28, 2008 8:15 PM by jgilbert | with no comments

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Unknown Computer Support in ConfigMgr R2 Explained

Steve Rachui just posted some great information about R2's unknown computer support on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/default.aspx

My favorite quote, that I think bears repeating, is:
"Before using this feature stop to consider that this can introduce unwanted image deployments to the environment"

If you're interested in learning more about R2's unknown computer support, check out these posts:

Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2 – overview
http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/archive/2008/09/21/unknown-computers-in-sccm-2007-r2-overview.aspx

Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2- how it works
http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/archive/2008/09/21/unknown-computers-in-sccm-2007-r2-how-it-works.aspx

Happy unknown computing…

~Jeff

Posted Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:44 PM by jgilbert | with no comments

New App-V Whitepapers Posted Online!

Just like the title says, some new App-V whitepapers have been published on the App-V TechCenter and are now available.

For those interested, the new whitepapers can be found here.
(http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appvirtualization/cc843994.aspx):

Title

Description

App-V Security Best Practices

This white paper provides administrators with the starting place for designing security into the App-V infrastructure. The white paper also describes recommended security configurations available in App-V today.

App-V Security Operations Guide

The purpose of this white paper is to provide the App-V administrator with steps to configure security settings. Some of the security settings are well-known configurations within Windows and the appropriate links will be provided.

App-V 4.5 Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide

Use the IPD guide to maximize your organization's time with step by step guidance to ease you through the process of planning your application virtualization infrastructure.  

App-V 4.5 Extensibility Today before the SDK

This document presents the administrators with the available tools to automate common tasks in App-V 4.5, including sample scenarios and script examples for each tool.

~Jeff

Posted Friday, September 19, 2008 5:26 PM by jgilbert | with no comments

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Anyone need 5GB of freely accessible shared storage?

Have a Live ID? Need to share files and folders between multiple computers or devices?

Check out the Live Mesh Tech Preview at: https://www.mesh.com/Welcome/Welcome.aspx (tour here: http://www.mesh.com/Welcome/Tour.aspx)

Did I mention this also allows you to remote desktop into any computer that is part of your Mesh ring?

OK, I know I said the Arc Mouse was the coolest thing since sliced bread, but today this is my favorite toy Big Smile

 ~Jeff

Posted Friday, September 19, 2008 5:16 AM by jgilbert | with no comments

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When Smart Quotes Aren’t Smart

If you're configuring native mode for a Configuration Manager site, you might receive a Certificate Request Processor error similar to:

The string contains an Invalid X500 name attribute key, oid, value or delimiter, 0x80092023 (-2146995597). 

If you've run into this error and want to know the cause, and how to fix it, see Carol's blog post (from which I have shamelessly borrowed this post's title) at:
http://blogs.technet.com/wemd_ua_-_sms_writing_team/archive/2008/09/18/when-smart-quotes-aren-t-smart-certreq-error-with-the-new-windows-server-2008-ca-step-by-step.aspx

~Jeff

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:00 AM by jgilbert | with no comments

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is now Available for Purchase!

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been waiting for these to hit the market so for all of you waiting for it: The new Microsoft Arc mouse is now available for purchase! This is the coolest mouse that I've seen in a long time—I must have one!

If you aren't sure what the Arc mouse is, here's the information about it: Microsoft Arc Mouse

And right now, you can buy it at Best Buy or pre order one from Amazon.com (I'm sure other retailers will have it soon).

~Jeff

Posted Tuesday, September 09, 2008 9:05 PM by jgilbert | 1 comment(s)

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New Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Asset Intelligence Update is Available

If you watch the Asset Intelligence forum then you might have noticed an announcement today about a new Asset Intelligence catalog update. If you're using Asset Intelligence and don't follow that forum, you probably should J

Here's a link:
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1816&SiteID=17

Bad news first: because the MPC codes for some software titles maintained by System Center Online have changed, a few Asset Intelligence license reports are not displaying the correct product codes. This mismatch could cause things like Office 2003 to be displayed as Office 2007 and Windows Server 2003 to be displayed as Windows Server 2008.

The good news is that this update (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6D7EDF02-8A2A-4856-82C1-ADDE11529AC7&displaylang=en) corrects that problem for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 site installations. You should only install this particular update on SP1 level Configuration Manager sites.

An update for this issue for both SMS 2003 SP3 and Configuration Manager 2007 RTM level installations is in the works and will hopefully be released soon.

To see the Asset Intelligence forum post about this, check out: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3835031&SiteID=17

Posted Friday, September 05, 2008 2:49 AM by jgilbert | with no comments