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  • myITforum Jobs: Senior Automation Analyst in Iowa (heavy on ConfigMgr 2007)

     

    Job Description

    Job Title:

    Senior Automation Analyst

    Job ID:

    9839

    Location:

    Iowa-Cedar Rapids

    Full/Part Time:

    Full-Time

    Regular/Temporary:

    Regular

     

    To Apply: http://www.aegonins.com/curropenings.aspx

     

     

    Dept/Division Information

     

    AEGON Information Technology (AIT) is an internal division providing technology infrastructure support as well as business consulting services to the AEGON US enterprise. The information technology services encompasses regional services, enterprise-wide application services, architecture, product assessment, customer service, internet and messaging, server management, telecommunications, security, data service and more. The Shared Services unit provides internal consulting and project management services on a variety of assignments ranging from systems design and development to business process engineering.

     

    Responsibilities

     

    Job Title:  Senior Automation Analyst
    Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Division:  AIT
    Job Ref No.:  9839
    This position will be a member of the Desktop Automation Projects team and be responsible for providing automated solutions and project coordination for 9 regional and ~35 remote offices.  The person would support the automated software deployment solution of SCCM 2007.  This position would gather requirements for desktop applications and automate the installations so that little to no end user interaction is required. 
    This position will create complex scripts, global policy objects, and/or custom actions utilizing programming scripts, SQL, or other coding languages for the desktop environment with no assistance.  The position will be required to work closely with all Desktop Infrastructure teams to ensure that software gets deployed and installed to the desktops.  The position will also work closely with Server and Storage teams to support the SCCM infrastructure.  The position will be required to troubleshoot complex application, integration management and desktop issues associated with packaging and automated tasks.  The person will assess, implement, and document complex tools and utilities to automate desktop tasks and actions.  The successful candidate will need to work independently and manage large projects with minimal assistance throughout a project life cycle. 
    Other team responsibilities include creating and managing the desktop Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and upgrading core system software in accordance with each application’s life cycle.  This position will be responsible for managing many of the service related projects including Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Risk Analysis and a special focus on Security. The candidate will work with the team members providing automated solutions to implement for each project.

     

    Qualifications

     

    This position will have expert knowledge of multiple hardware and/or software components with a minimum of 5 or more years of experience supporting distributed systems and experience related to MS SCCM 2007 is preferred.  A bachelors degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent work experience is required.  Related certifications (MCP, MCSE, etc.) are preferred.
    In addition to the skills listed above, candidates must also demonstrate the following behaviors:  attention to detail; decision making and problem solving; initiative; team work; customer focus; innovation.

     

    Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

     

    Salary guidelines:  $66,000 - $79,000 - $92,000
    This position is also bonus eligible.
    This position is classified as exempt for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

     

    Other Information

     

    There is currently one opening in this job group.  The candidate will be hired as an Intermediate Automation Analyst or a Senior Automation Analyst based upon qualifications, skills and organizational needs.  Please refer to job posting 9838 for a detailed description of the Intermediate Automation Analyst position.
    We offer challenging assignments, competitive compensation and benefits programs and an environment supportive of your professional development. 
    All candidates must successfully pass a thorough background investigation including verification of past employment, education, criminal history and other information.
    This position is eligible for the Employee Referral Bonus Program.
    Candidates hired will be employees of Transamerica Life Insurance Company of America.

     

    Equal Employment Opportunity

     

    Equal Opportunity Employer

     

    To Apply: http://www.aegonins.com/curropenings.aspx

    Posted Jan 22 2010, 04:57 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • SCCM/MDT Position in Houston, TX

    The SCCM Architect a self motivated contributor to a core team responsible for leading the advancement of a Fortune 500 Infrastructure organization with 16,000 SCCM Clients across 300 global sites. Candidates will provide expertise in architecting and deploying Enterprise Desktop solutions that includes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2007/2010, Windows OS platform and solutions from the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). The ideal consultant will also be well versed in the guidance and best practices associated with the planning and deployment of the desktop infrastructure. This includes the Engineering of the Operating System, Packaging and deployment of applications, Infrastructure remediation to support, secure and manage the desktop environment.

     

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Candidate must have extensive experience with SCCM, MDT, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), and Windows Operating Systems. Candidates should be hard working individuals with the willingness to meet high customer satisfaction levels and provide industry thought leadership around Desktop Lifecycle Management.

     

    This position offers an individual an exciting opportunity for the leadership and delivery of project-based assignments that encompass system architecture, proof-of-concept and deployment services. These projects focus around the latest Microsoft desktop solutions including Windows 7, Windows XP, SCCM, Group Policy Preferences, etc. The team member will be responsible for:

     

    •Leadership and delivery of project based assignments that encompass Desktop image standardization, application packaging and deployment, group policy, proof-of-concept and deployment services for the Enterprise.

    •Leading client architecture, configuration and planning meetings.

    •Performing system reviews of client network environments and preparing findings documents outlining short and long-term strategies or documenting architecture design decisions.

    •Utilize the latest industry tools and practices for helping to execute desktop management initiatives.

    •Working closely with Microsoft as part of delivering these solutions.

    •Responsible for managing smaller projects or segments of larger projects.

     

     

    •Strong experience in architecting, planning and implementing Windows 7/ Windows XP, and desktop management infrastructure projects encompassing 16,000 seats including group policy and security aspects

    •The ideal candidate will also be able to provide guidance with the planning and deployment of application packages in an Enterprise environment.

    •Experience in scripting using VbScript, Windows Scripting Host, and Powershell

    •Experience with Windows Server and Active Directory Technologies.

    •Experience with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) solution accelerator.

    •Able to design, create, debug and install Zero Touch Deployment Methodology.

    •Strong customer relationship skills and willingness to lead customers through successful, challenging projects.

    •Candidates should be hard-working individuals with the willingness to meet high customer satisfaction levels and provide industry thought leadership.

    •Proven project management and methodology skills.

    •Seven years minimum experience in Desktop Engineering and Management

    •Excellent verbal and written skills

    •Five years minimum experience with Microsoft infrastructure technologies across a large enterprise environment.

     

     

    SPECIFIC TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

     

    •Experience with Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)

    •Experience with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool (MAP)

    •Experience implementing the solutions of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

    •Experience with Group Policy Preferences (GPP)

    •Knowledge and experience with configuring Direct Access and Branch cache for Windows 7

    •Knowledge and experience with configuring Internet Based Client Management for SCCM

     

     

    Contact:  Russ.Rimmerman@c-a-m.com

    Posted Jan 05 2010, 10:32 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • SCCM Experts in Seattle

    I am looking for a strong SCCM resource in Seattle for a 6 month solid project. This is a full time, contract for 6 month.

     

    --
    Matthew Tinney
    (206) 778 4432
    Windows Management Experts, Inc. - The Microsoft Systems Center Experts!
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/3/b81/371

    Posted Jul 22 2009, 04:23 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Operations Manager Management Pack Developer Expert - Contract

    I'm looking for a management pack developer with at least 3+ years of experience working with MOM 2005/SCOM 2007 that has a niche developing management packs. The ideal candidate should be able to:

    - Identify the events required to meet business objectives

    - Develop appropriate thresholds and parameters

    - Develop alert logic, failure, and reset criteria

    - Create the Operations Management Pack from start to finish, including testing and validation

    - Identifies key elements required to accurately discover objects to monitor and alert on

    - Provides a structured process for the development process such that it can be leveraged by other team members

    Contact me at windowsmgmtexperts@gmail.com immediately if you are available. This project will be based out of Seattle. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Posted Jul 22 2009, 04:22 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Imaging / Deployment Experts - ATL

    If you are an experienced hands-on Deployment / Imaging Solutions Architect Consultant that meets the requirements below and you have the desire to join a high-caliber team of consultants who deliver exceptional infrastructure services for our customers, you should contact us about this outstanding opportunity. LRS Consulting Services has over 25 years of consulting experience providing a variety of technology consulting to our customers alone and in partnership with others. (LRS) was named the 2005 Microsoft Advanced Infrastructure Worldwide Partner of the Year. LRS maintains partnerships with several industry leaders such as Microsoft (Gold Certified Partner), Cisco (Premier Certified Partner), and IBM (Premier Partner). We are also a Microsoft managed partner and are part of their partner advisory council. (This makes us one of the top 150 Microsoft partners in the USA).

    LRS is successfully partnering with a U.S. based Global IT Hardware Manufacture on many exciting endeavors. This latest endeavor is
    providing the opportunity for employment for deployment architects that currently reside in the Atlanta metro area. This is a great opportunity to work with two great technology companies at the same time! The right fit for these positions have experience as solutions oriented consultants that have worked with the highest levels of organizations to develop and implement solutions. The right candidates will have titles and experience as project managers, team leaders, architects, consultants (not contractors), subject matter experts, systems engineers etc. Candidates that have experience working with Microsoft or Microsoft partners in consulting roles are preferred.

    The Deployment/Imaging Consultant will assist our customer with the design and implementation of a new OS/Imaging deployment solution. The Deployment / Imaging Consultant will work directly with our customer to support desktop deployment and desktop management scenarios. These are NOT desktop support or desktop technician roles.


    If you are a customer focused senior-level professional with strong skills in desktop imaging / OS deployment experience using Ghost and/or ImageX, application packaging /pushing using Systems Management Tools (SMS or any other), and strong VB Scripting skills, submit your resume to hropp@lrs.com or Melissa.Holmes@lrs.com.  Visit us at www.LRS.com.

    LRS is an equal opportunity employer 

     

    REQUIREMENTS

     

    o Must have at least three years of experience performing as a consultant (not contractor) including interfacing with clients.

    Must have at least three years of experience leading desktop deployment projects including designing light touch or zero touch desktop deployments, implementing new tools/technology, and performing hands-on technical work.

    Must have  experience with one or more of the following: automated inventory collection, desktop service support and/or administration, imaging/provisioning solutions, desktop configuration and patch management, complex change and/or release management cycles, security or vulnerability assessments, financial justification/management for IT services

    Experience with a Microsoft partner preferred.

    o At least 5 years of experience within IT enterprise environments of at least 2000 desktop/client machines required.

    o At least 3 years of experience with IT desktop management systems including Microsoft SMS and any of the following: Microsoft SMS and/or SCCM, Marimba, CA Unicenter, IBM Tivoli, HP OpenView or Altiris.
    o At least 3 years of experience with one or more of the following: automated inventory collection, desktop service support and/or administration, imaging/provisioning solutions, desktop configuration and patch management, complex change and/or release management cycles, security or vulnerability assessments, financial justification/management for IT services.
    o Must successfully demonstrate a strong working knowledge of:
    o Asset Management Suites and System Management Suites eg.. SMS, Altiris.
    o standard client platform administration, configuration, rights management and file access, and TCP/IP networks including DHCP, DNS, and WINS.
    o Windows registry, interaction of drivers within the OS, and unattended/silent installs of Windows operating systems
    o internet technologies, including IIS, HTML, XML, HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP
    o network infrastructure components, including routers, switches, subnets, V-LANs, Ethernet, and Token Ring
    o basic imaging concepts & best practices
    o basic application packaging and distribution methods
    o tools, such as Windows Scripting Host, KIXTART, PERL, WISE Packaging Studio or Install Shield
    o Windows automation scripting such as WMI, ADSI, VBScript, Batch Files
    o Candidates must reside in the Atlanta metro region or be willing to work in Atlanta at “local” pay. (no expenses etc)


    PREFERRED

    o Bachelor's degree in IT field
    o Knowledge of Dell Deployment tools is beneficial
    o MCSE

     

    Melissa Holmes McMillan    Senior Technical Recruiter

    LRS Consulting Services

    9200 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas, 66210

    O: 913.339.9200 x2312 (Yes, I just sent my phone number out to everyone on MyITForum. . . I am serious about talking about these roles with those that are qualified & interested!)

    Melissa.Holmes@lrs.com | www.lrs.com

    Posted Jun 03 2009, 05:04 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • SMS/SCCM Administrator and Packager Needed

    Looking to fill two government contract positions for a large, widely distributed, enterprise deployment of SMS 2003/SCCM 2007 that is based out of San Antonio, TX.


    Security background checks and certification requirements may apply to these positions.


    SMS/SCCM Administrator - some responsibilities include working as a member of a  team to deploy new SCCM site and component servers, maintain the health of existing SMS/SCCM servers and clients, and provide support and training to local SMS/SCCM Administrators. Person with background in development and SQL query design is desired as extensive custom reporting is a job requirement.


    SMS/SCCM Packager - some responsibilities include working as a member of a team to create, test and publish enterprise level packages for distribution by local site Administrators, and provide support for package and deployment related issues to local site Administrators. Person with extensive backgroup using Wise Package Studio, with emphasis on Wise Script Editor, and VBScript, as well as a advanced knowledge of Windows XP/2003, Windows Installer and VMWare Workstation is desired.


    For more information or for application details, please email me:


    Thanks,
    David Le Noir
    david.lenoir@us.army.mil

    Posted May 15 2009, 01:06 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Windows Packaging Administrator – Natick, MA

    We are looking for a Windows packaging administrator behalf of our client, Boston Scientific.  This position is based in Natick, MA.

    Summary

    This role is responsible for the analysis, design, testing, packaging and distribution of applications for the BSC windows clients and servers using SMS. Research new technologies and their potential match to business solutions. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to expand their role to support SharePoint 2007 and Citrix.
    Key technologies supported include Windows 2000 & XP, SMS/SCCM, Symantec Antivirus, McAfee Antivirus, EPO and Agent, SpySweeper, Winbatch scripting, Wise Installer, VB scripting, Robocopy, Integrity Desktop Firewall, Global Systems Distribution, Group Policy Management, Patch Management, Cisco VPN solutions, Pointsec Encryption solutions, Citrix, MS Sharepoint 2007

    This role will be performed in a quality system environment. It is important that the qualified candidate be extremely procedure-oriented because failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with customers to understand packaging requirements.
    • Packages and tests packages with user.
    • Deploys packages via SMS.
    • Troubleshoot and resolve distribution failures and work with the team to initiate corrective or alternative actions.
    • Ensure system availability and integrity by developing and executing validated system management and component deployment processes.
    • Develop system management utility programs and interfaces by completing program design, coding, debugging and documentation.
    • Upgrade infrastructure components by researching, testing and installing application upgrades and patches.
    • Develop compliance reports on the success and failure of patches/package distribution.
    • Test infrastructure architecture by preparing and conducting system and programming tests requiring interfacing of hardware and software.
    • Expanded responsibilities may include support, monitoring, troubleshooting and packaging applications for the Citrix solution.
    • Expanded responsibilities may include support, monitoring, troubleshooting and packaging applications for the SharePoint solution. This would include migration of sites between solutions and assisting users in the creation of new sites.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree plus 5+ years of related work experience
    • Comprehensive knowledge of a particular technological field.

    Contact: Matthew.Barber@veritude.com (617) 563-8553

    Veritude® is a Fidelity Investments company and a leading provider of strategic human resources — the talent, technology and tactics that growing organizations need to anticipate and adapt to changes in the workplace.

    Veritude is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and supports a diversified environment.

    Posted May 15 2009, 01:02 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Today’s Articles; January 19, 2009

    System Center Configuration Manager


    MOF Snippet for ServiceDLL in registry - by request


    by Sherry Kissinger - 1/19/2009


    By request, a script + mof edit to pull back the values in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ <servicename> \parameters\ServiceDll


    SMS 2003


    MOF Snippet for ServiceDLL in registry - by request


    by Sherry Kissinger - 1/19/2009


    By request, a script + mof edit to pull back the values in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ <servicename> \parameters\ServiceDll


    System Center Operations Manager


    Operations Manager Utility: GreenMachine


    by Scott Moss - 1/19/2009


    Tim Helton created a new Operations Manager utility GreenMachine, that can be used to reset or recalculate all monitors for a single agent, or for all agents in your management group.


    Scripting


    Get Active Directory Site for IP Address


    by Maik Koster - 1/19/2009


    During the preparation of the SMS/SCCM Webservice for MDT/OSD Deployments I came across a problem to get the Active Directory Site for a given IP Address. There were a couple of examples available on the Internet but most of them just called the DsGetDcName API.


    Windows PowerShell


    Get Information About the Computer Fan


    by Rod Trent - 1/19/2009


    This PowerShell script shows information about the installed computer/laptop fan.


    Web Technologies


    ISA Server 2006 - Installing, Configuring and Using the ISA 2006 Cache Directory Tool


    by lynn lunik - 1/19/2009


    When using Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006 (ISA2k6) Standard Edition at the Perimeter of your Network in the Web Caching (sometimes referred to as Forward Caching) Role occasionally it is necessary to view, remove or validate specific Web Site URL Content within the ISA2k6 Cache.


    Active Directory and Group Policy


    Get Active Directory Site for IP Address


    by Maik Koster - 1/19/2009


    During the preparation of the SMS/SCCM Webservice for MDT/OSD Deployments I came across a problem to get the Active Directory Site for a given IP Address. There were a couple of examples available on the Internet but most of them just called the DsGetDcName API.


    Virtualization


    Hyper-V: Configuration Steps - Exporting a Guest Partition


    by lynn lunik - 1/19/2009


    There are several scenarios where Exporting a Guest Partition is appropriate. The most common scenario is when a new Hyper-V Host Server is brought online to offer additional capacity, or a newly configured 'High Availability' configuration of Hyper-V is made available.


    Microsoft Deployment


    OSD Application Chooser 1.1


    by Jason Sandys - 1/19/2009


    I’ve updated my OSDAppChooser app to include a requested feature.

    Posted Jan 19 2009, 04:07 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Today’s Articles; January 14, 2009

    System Center News


    Announcing the release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta


    by Rod Trent - 1/14/2009


    MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features like flexible driver management, optimized transaction processing, and access to distribution shares from any location simplify deployment.


    System Center Configuration Manager


    SMS/ConfigMgr - Create status MIFs using batch script with no dependencies


    by John Nelson - 1/14/2009


    In a past position, I've tried to use a utility from the Back Office Resource Kit called ismif32.exe to create status MIFs for those programs that aren't MSI-based or don't have the ability to create status mifs. The problem I've had is that it just didn't always work.


    SMS 2003


    SMS/ConfigMgr - Create status MIFs using batch script with no dependencies


    by John Nelson - 1/14/2009


    In a past position, I've tried to use a utility from the Back Office Resource Kit called ismif32.exe to create status MIFs for those programs that aren't MSI-based or don't have the ability to create status mifs. The problem I've had is that it just didn't always work.


    Windows PowerShell


    Powershell Script to create new registry key value on remote computers


    by Ying Li - 1/14/2009


    In my previous post, I explore the ways to get remote registry key property. Here is a PowerShell script to create a new registry key value in remote registry.


    Windows Mobile


    Windows Live Search Mobile v4.0 Available


    by Marco Nielsen - 1/14/2009


    If you haven't already I highly recommend that you upgrade your Live Search to the latest version previewed at CES last week.


    Microsoft Deployment


    Announcing the release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta


    by Rod Trent - 1/14/2009


    MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features like flexible driver management, optimized transaction processing, and access to distribution shares from any location simplify deployment.

    Posted Jan 14 2009, 04:50 PM by rodtrent with 1 comment(s)
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  • Today’s Articles; January 13, 2009

    System Center Configuration Manager


    Software Install Review via the Add Remove Table


    by Shaun Cassells - 1/13/2009


    I was reading Joe Funk’s Blog Post SMS Reports - Software Install Review. I noticed he was using the v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE table which is included with Asset Intelligence features or ConfigMgr 2007.


    SMS 2003


    Software Install Review via the Add Remove Table


    by Shaun Cassells - 1/13/2009


    I was reading Joe Funk’s Blog Post SMS Reports - Software Install Review. I noticed he was using the v_GS_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE table which is included with Asset Intelligence features or ConfigMgr 2007.


    Windows PowerShell


    Getting Win32_AccountSID Information


    by Rod Trent - 1/13/2009


    Use this PowerShell script to retrieve information contained in the Win32_AccountSID WMI class.


    Security


    Getting Win32_AccountSID Information


    by Rod Trent - 1/13/2009


    Use this PowerShell script to retrieve information contained in the Win32_AccountSID WMI class.


    Windows


    Windows Process Explorer


    by Brian Tucker - 1/13/2009


    Windows Process Explorer gives much more information than Task Manager ever thought of giving.


    Virtualization


    Solution to: HyperV unstable vmms service crashes periodically


    by Richard Dixon - 1/13/2009


    Problem Statement: I am getting an error, that is causing the hyperV to be unstable. I have 3 hyperV servers in my test env, runnning about 45 clients. All 3 are reporting this error at some point through the day.

    Posted Jan 13 2009, 04:19 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Ohio System Center User Group - January, 2009 Meeting

    Ohio System Center User Group hosted by Bennett Adelson.

    From the Microsoft Solution Center at Bennett Adelson, we invite you to join us for the Ohio System Center User Group. This group’s focus is on the Microsoft suite of applications for managing and maintaining the infrastructure environment bundled under the System Center umbrella. This suite includes Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr), Operations Manager (OpsMgr), Virtual Machine Manager, Reporting Services, Mobile Device Manager, and Data Protection Manager. Please join us in the Microsoft Solution Center for introductions to the technology, technical deep dives, as well as advanced topics to extend and support your solutions. This is a great opportunity to join with your peers in the Ohio area and learn from the presenter and each other.

    January, 2009 Meeting: Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Presented by Kevin Parr, Microsoft

    Monitoring configuration changes across the network is a growing IT challenge. Configuration errors account for the vast majority of unplanned downtime for servers and workstations alike. What’s more, organizations face intense pressure to comply with increasingly rigorous regulatory requirements. With the constantly changing nature of technology, many organizations must dedicate vast amounts of IT time and resources to ensure their systems remain compliant.  During this user group session we will provide an overview of DCM, a demo on this feature and talk about how you can leverage it to reduce configuration related incidents and reduce your cost for compliance reporting.

    Kevin Parr is a Principal Technology Specialist focusing on Microsoft's System Center technology solutions covering Enterprises in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Prior to joining this role, Kevin was a Senior Consultant working in Microsoft Consulting Services for six years focusing on large scale deployments around management solutions.

    When: January 26th, 5:45 – 7:30 pm

    Where:  Microsoft Office

    6050 Oak Tree Blvd. Suite 300

    Independence, Ohio 44113

    Who: Lead by Jason Condo, Bennett Adelson with Guest Speaker Kevin Parr - System Center Technical Specialist, Microsoft

    What: Desired Configuration Management (DCM) in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

    To register and for any questions, please reply to ncicerchi@bennettadelson.com.  We look forward to you joining us!

  • Today’s Articles; January 12, 2009

    System Center Configuration Manager


    List of default Task Sequence Variables


    by Donnie Taylor - 1/12/2009


    Here is a handy link to the Technet library page that contains all of the default Task Sequence Variables.


    Scripting


    VBS Script To Send Basic Machine Information To Excel


    by Don Hite - 1/12/2009


    This VBS Script will send the following information for a specified machine name to excel: Machine Name, User Name, Operating System, Build Version, Manufacturer and Model.


    Windows PowerShell


    Get Root Directory Information for Logical Drives


    by Rod Trent - 1/12/2009


    Use this PowerShell script to show the root directory for connected logical drives in the operating system.


    SQL Server


    SQL Query To Find Machine Resources With No SMS Unique Identifiers Or GUIDS


    by Don Hite - 1/12/2009


    This SQL Query will list all of the machine resources that do not have an SMS Unique Identifier or GUID.


    Hardware and Gadgets


    6gb SATA standard coming in Q2 of 2009


    by Shaun Cassells - 1/12/2009


    The folks behind the Serial ATA standard have been working on drafting a new, faster spec for a little while now, but it looks like things are finally starting to firm up, and SATA-IO marketing chair Conrad Maxwell now says that the new 6Gb/s standard is on track for release in the second quarter.


    Support Management


    Transition to Consulting - Swimming with the Sharks, the Year in Review


    by Brad Bird - 1/12/2009


    In October 2007, I made the decision to leave my former full-time employment with the University of Ottawa for a far more risky venture, independent consulting.


    System Center Mobile Device Manager


    SCMDM 2008 SP1 Reporting Services Overview


    by Marco Nielsen - 1/12/2009


    Out of the box the MDM comes with a limited reporting functionality, mostly in the Deployment Console. However since the product is using SQL Server as it's data repository, there is a great value to download and use the free SCMDM 2008 Reporting Services add-on.

    Posted Jan 12 2009, 02:05 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Today’s Articles; January 9, 2009

    System Center Configuration Manager


    VBScript for Computer Association with logging


    by Donnie Taylor - 1/9/2009


    Here is a quick and dirty vbscript that will generate a computer associate between 2 resourceids, logging information to your systemdrive\ConfigMgrComputerAssociation.log.


    SMS 2003


    Find Hyperthread enabled computers


    by Sherry Kissinger - 1/9/2009


    Confirm your SMS2003 or ConfigMgr environment is reporting on 2 elements.


    Scripting


    VBScript for Computer Association with logging


    by Donnie Taylor - 1/9/2009


    Here is a quick and dirty vbscript that will generate a computer associate between 2 resourceids, logging information to your systemdrive\ConfigMgrComputerAssociation.log.


    Windows PowerShell


    PowerShell Script to shutdown multiple remote computers


    by Ying Li - 1/9/2009


    In my previous post, I described the restart-computer cmdlet. There is also a sister cmdlet. Yes, you guessed it right: Shutdown-computer


    Windows


    Old School Dual Boot Configured on my Dell Latitude E6500


    by Brad Bird - 1/9/2009


    I have not had a reason to use dual boot in years. Right now, out of all the systems that I own, my Dell Latitude E6500 is the most powerful.


    SQL Server


    Updating Statistics in SQL (and why you need to do it)


    by Donnie Taylor - 1/9/2009


    SQL server uses statistics to keep track of values in an index, and determine when and how to use that particular index while processing a query. This is a horribly simplified definition, but basically it means that statistics are a way for SQL to find the best index to use.


    Hardware and Gadgets


    Unofficial Fix for Zune 30’s that didn't repair on Jan 1st


    by Christopher Stauffer - 1/9/2009


    The Official fix worked for my Zune 30 but, my wife’s Zune did not repair on January 1st so I thought I was going to have to buy her a new Zune but I found a solution.


    Microsoft Deployment


    Suppress Plug and Play UI


    by Jason Sandys - 1/9/2009


    Microsoft just released a new hotfix that allows you to suppress the plug and play UI in Windows XP and Server 2003.

    Posted Jan 09 2009, 04:17 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Today’s Downloads; January 9, 2009

    Posted Jan 09 2009, 04:17 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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  • Today’s Downloads; January 7, 2009

    msi System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

    Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) is a server software application that enables data protection and recovery for protected computers within Active Directory domains. With the DPM...

    doc MMS 2009 Justification document from Chris Stauffer

    MMS 2009 Justification document from Chris Stauffer

    Posted Jan 07 2009, 02:25 PM by rodtrent with no comments
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