October 2009 - Posts

myITforum.com on the Intel Site…
30 October 09 04:36 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Thought you’d get a kick out of this.  myITforum.com branches out even further with the help of our good buddies at Intel.

myitintel

When you get a chance, check it out for yourself at the Intel community site:

www.intel.com/go/vproexpert

Matt Goedtel on Operations Management : Updated PowerShell Script - Maintenance Mode
30 October 09 04:15 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

The attached script has been updated to support automating the placement of computer objects into maintenance mode for Operations Manager R2, and now accepts the argument of minutes instead of hours for duration of maintenance.

Matt Goedtel on Operations Management : Updated PowerShell Script - Maintenance Mode

myITforum.com provides System Center news for BIEB
30 October 09 04:04 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Take a look at the following marketing campaign that Microsoft is working on.  Yep…that’s myITforum.com providing the System Center news for the new marketing campaign. More cool things coming soon…stay tuned.

http://www.microsoft.com/everybodysbusiness/en/us/products/system-center.aspx

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MMS 2010 Content Survey is live…
30 October 09 03:10 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

As we start putting the plans for the Microsoft Management Summit 2010 (MMS 2010) together, we'd like to ensure that the event matches your needs and requirements. Our aim is to provide you with the information and resources you need to manage your organization's IT assets safely and effectively. To help us achieve this goal, we would appreciate your help.


Please take a few moments to answer the survey below, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will be kept confidential, and are used only as part of a statistical analysis to help allocate breakout session and hands-on lab slots where they are most needed.


When the survey closes on Monday, Dec 22nd 2009 we will draw two entries from amongst the responses and will send a Portable Media Player to those respondents. If you would like to be entered for this draw, simply enter your email address in the text box below. Supplied email addresses will only be used for the purposes of winner notification and will not be stored or used in any other way.


Thanks in advance for helping us make MMS 2010 your IT event of the year!

 

Take the survey:

http://www.mms-2010.com/wizard/content_survey/wp1.aspx

The Geeks Guides for MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 OS Deployments are here
29 October 09 04:35 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I’m finally done with my MDT 2010 Deployment CD…

After spending a good few hours about every evening for more than three weeks now, I'm truly excited to bring you the MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 version of my free Deployment CD. Version 2.0 if you will.

This second Deployment CD has the following detailed Step-by-step Guides and Video Tutorials:

MDT 2010 Lite Touch Deployments (deployment without ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R2, just the free tools)

- LTI01 - Installing the server for MDT 2010 Lite Touch

- LTI02 - Creating a Windows 7 reference image using Lite Touch

- LTI03 - Deploying a Windows 7 image using Lite Touch

- LTI04 - Dynamic Settings, creating and using the deployment database

MDT 2010 Zero Touch Deployments (deployment with ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R2)

- ZTI01 - Installing the server for MDT 2010 Zero Touch and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2

- ZTI02 - Creating a Windows 7 reference image using ConfigMgr 2007 SP2

- ZTI03 - Deploying a Windows 7 image using ConfigMgr 2007 SP2

- ZTI04 - Dynamic Settings, creating and using the deployment database

Additional Presentations

- E01 - New features in MDT 2010

- E02 - Upgrading MDT 2008 to MDT 2010

- E03 - Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7

1. Please send me feedback - What's good, What's bad, What's missing, Whatever...

2. Spread the word about these guides in the community and with friends, send people to the www.deploymentcd.com  site, so that they can sign up for their very own (free) copy.

3. Register for a free download at www.deploymentcd.com

Regards / Johan

SCCM Step-by-Step Part 1 – Server Installation
29 October 09 06:36 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Installing Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can be a daunting task. There is a vast jungle of documentation available on Technet and in many excellent blogs. Training courses last at least a week and the final system can be as complex as your sysadmin imagination will allow (and that’s pretty complex!)

However, with so many choices to make most people will want to test SCCM in a lab environment first and you probably don’t want to spend weeks reading and spend a fortune on classroom training before you decide if this is right product for your business.

In this article I’ll give you just the bare minimum setup information to get up and running on SCCM in record time.

SCCM Step-by-Step Part 1 – Server Installation

Updated: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 - myITforum.com
28 October 09 06:01 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

10/28/2009 – Version 6.0.6000.2 – Added support for monitoring Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 in a 64-bit environment with Operations Manager 2007 R2 or Operations Manager 2007 SP1 hotfix (KB971541).

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 - myITforum.com

Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog : Hey, Scripting Guy! What Are the New Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0?
28 October 09 05:56 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

The number of cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0 has nearly doubled over the number that shipped with the original product. These are core cmdlets and do not take into account the number of cmdlets that are included with Windows 7.0. Many of these cmdlets are for use with remoting, and the underlying WSMan technology. On a Windows 7 computer with Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed, there are 456 cmdlets. On a Windows 7 computer with all modules loaded, but without RSAT installed, there are 251 cmdlets. On a Windows 7 computer without the modules loaded there are 236 cmdlets. On a computer with Windows PowerShell 1.0 installed and with no snap-ins installed, there are 129 cmdlets.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog : Hey, Scripting Guy! What Are the New Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0?

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : MDT 2010 Wizard Example: Role Selection
28 October 09 04:11 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

We have seen lots of requests over the past couple of years for a wizard pane that allows you to select from a list of roles that should be applied to a machine, where those roles are defined in the MDT database.  There are a few examples of this available on the web, implemented in different ways.  I’ll throw another one into the mix, this one using an ADO.NET Data Services web service to get the needed data.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : MDT 2010 Wizard Example: Role Selection

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : Using the MDT database from a web service without writing code
28 October 09 04:10 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

One of the new features in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is ADO.NET Data Services.  This enables you to expose the contents of a data source, e.g. a SQL Server database, through something that looks roughly like an RSS feed, accessed in a similar manner to a web service.  That’s nice but why do you care as an IT pro?  Well, it’s a convenient way of making the contents of the MDT database available to programs or scripts without forcing them to use ADO to access SQL Server directly.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : Using the MDT database from a web service without writing code

Large Files, Sharepoint, and Windows 2008
28 October 09 03:56 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I ran across this problem and thought I’d share.  After much troubleshooting, I found that Sharepoint 3.0 on Windows 2008 is limited to 28MB file uploads – this includes multiple file uploads that, combined, equate to a total of 28MB.

There’s a fix or workaround for it, but you have to modify web.config file in the Sharepoint virtual directory.

To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Use Notepad to open the Web application Web.config file. By default, this file is in the following folder:

    Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Wss\VirtualDirectories\ VirtualDirectoryFolder

  2. Navigate all the way down to the bottom of the web.config file, and right before the </configuration> tag, add the following code:
<system.webServer>
<security>
 
<requestFiltering>
<requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength="52428800"/>
</requestFiltering>
</security>
</system.webServer>

 

3. Save the file and upload larger files.

 

NOTE:  you can modify the maxAllowedContentLength value to the limit of the file(s) size(s) you want to be allowable.

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The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : Renaming the Configuration Manager 2007 database
27 October 09 02:12 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

You may find that at some point you need to change the name of the SCCM 2007 database and the steps to do so are below.  I worked on a case just like this a few days back and during that time I got the opportunity to confirm that this procedure works and is supported in the lab.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : Renaming the Configuration Manager 2007 database

What's New in the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for October 2009?
27 October 09 02:11 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

The following information lists the topics that contain significant changes since the August 2009 update.

Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Supported Configurations

- Updated to include Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

Supported Operating Systems and Hard Disk Configurations for Operating System Deployment

- Updated with information about the operating systems that are not supported and those which can be deployed only by first capturing a Windows installation image (.wim) file using an image capture task sequence.

Supported Mobile Devices

- Updated to remove information about supported mobile device client operating systems so that it is now exclusively in supported configuration topics (Configuration Manager 2007 Supported Configurations). This means that customers have a consistent place to find supported version information and it reduces the risk of inconsistent information between topics.

About Heartbeat Discovery

- Updated to remove the incorrect information "Although you can configure Heartbeat Discovery to update client DDRs as frequently as you want, if you configure it to run less than once every 25 hours (the default client refresh cycle) the updated DDR will be reported no less than once every 25 hours". This restriction applied to an earlier version of the product and does not apply to Configuration Manager.

About the Site Repair Wizard and How to Back Up a Secondary Site

- Updated with the information that the Site Repair Wizard should not be used to recover a secondary site. The Product Group has confirmed that the recovery procedure doesn't work for secondary sites and will not be supported. If you need to recover a secondary site, reinstall it and secondary site configuration from the primary site will be replicated to it automatically when installation is complete. Because restoring a secondary site is not supported with the product, there is no point in backing up a secondary site by using the Backup Secondary Site Server maintenance task. To help avoid confusion, we have removed the procedural information in How to Back Up a Secondary Site.

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Announcement: Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for October 2009

Live Maps - The Free Version!
27 October 09 11:56 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

Get Live Maps free and understand how it helps you see more, know more and do more with Microsoft Operations Manager 2007

Savision - Live Maps - The Free Version!

Download details: Deployment Options for Office 2010
27 October 09 07:07 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

 

This model describes and illustrates the client deployment methods for Microsoft Office 2010. Deployment options include network share, Group Policy startup scripts, managed deployment, and virtualization.

Download details: Deployment Options for Office 2010

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