What is TechSexy?
Product launch monicker!
For the next 5 months!
Definition: n. adj.: describes that which is both hot &
hip in the world of technology and beyond.
Can be applied to both people and objects.
They can be:
fresh (cutting edge gadgets)
powers like configuration
cool for their nostalgic kitsch factor – such as the discs
After a sample size of 1400 people, it is official. Ed Aldrich is TechSEXY!
Top 10 other things we considered to make ConfigMgr more
more sexy actor/actress to endorse
9. Rating scheme on the UI
rated – soft and fluffy
– throwing things
– “Desired” ConfigMgr with custom UI!
Drag and Drop
task basked voice-activated admin console
Vista and it just worked!
6. Partner with Nintendo Wii for
5. Pink fur on the ConfigMgr
4. Force Feedback controller for
ConfigMrg admin console
3. Voice module for client for
eat your heart out. 23 languages
2. Create “TechSexy” icon pack
it off in Vegas 2008!!
Other news covered after the top 10
ITCU HP client catalog for SMS
patch information for their business class desktop and laptop hardware
BIOS! Cause of security parameters
SMS 2003 SP3 is RC1 as of last Friday
DSL – definitive software library
Track where it was installed from! Think of it this way, you can do a report who
installed software via sms.. and who installed it from some network share.
Https. Adding the S
doth not make you secure!
PKI and Certificate
management is going to be the next big requirement. Time to learn how to do it.
Annoucement: The company Brabeon? will be providing configuration packs
for ConfigMgr. To measure compliance with
SOX and HIPPA and other standards.
Neato new server types for SCCM 2007
SMP state migration point. OS deployment – store state centrally to
transfer to new workstation
Branch DP – BITS designed
distribution point. XP or VISTA
Software Update Point – SUP
FSP – fallback status point –
native mode security. If a client fails
to connect. Web connect has certificate
problem cannot contact MP to put trouble log up so it connects to
PSP – PXE service Point. WDS deployment
System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Sorting works for collections
Search folders – think outlook rules
Multi select + Drag and Drop
DSUW is dead. Long
live patch management. You can now
resize a window. CONCEPT! Who knew?
Upcoming Time Line
Configuration Manager 2007 SP1
support Vista SP1 and LHS
reported bugs and CDCRs (critical design change requests)
When? 1st half 2008
Configuration Manager 2007 R2
(with LH Server), unknown machine
Application Virtualization (SoftGrid)
Reporting Services integration
When – 2nd
half-ish of 2008
Delivering on Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) is a
senior. 4 years old. Out of 10 Harry Potter eat your heart
out. The vagueness of the dream is now
coming in well defined clarity.
**Warning the following are my notes so they are a bit
disjointed. Head for the bold keywords**
SDM => SML
System Definition Model is now Systems Modeling Language?
Microsoft has completely rewritten there licensing model to
include Virtualization. So you can
create or run many instances of the windows operating system. You are now monitored on the run time
environment. - Bob Muglia
Interoperability Virtualization provides the ability to run
Suse or Novell, or Xen on the same box as Windows OS.
Most important feature of Windows server longhorn? It's the next version - Bob Muglia
Umm yeah, that unfortunately is going to MS in trouble. Vista is
having some of the same issues. People
are not adopting the next big thing because it's next. Where is the killer app and why would I spend
my money. MS is not entitled to our hard
earned capital. Earn it just like we do
every day. I'm sure it was just a slip
and not really the sentiment he was trying get across.
Command line: Oclist
That keyword listd available processes
like: Bitlocker, Dhcp, dns, etc
**8 core virtual
machine. Longhorn VM running
Longhorn x64 with 8 cores. However, the
VM only had 768 megs of ram.
Easy to use Physical to Virtual conversion. VMware or
Physical host Groups. Hot swappable
between formats. Backend is PowerShell
for the Virtual machine Manager. Same
integration as available in Exchange 2007 and System Center Operations
PowerShell integration will be completed with SCCM 2007 before it is released
Early September 2007.
Industry Commitment to Models
EMC2 and Cisco are partnering for systems and networking.
ANA Networking Platform is using SML.
Microsoft waited to provide a service desk product. Because they believed without a SML that
there was no way integrate the Help Desk software with all the server
support. They now have a model. Woo ooo here she comes, she's a man eater!
System Center Operations Manager 2007
In case you missed it last Thursday. System
Center operations Manager
2007 is RTM. Available for purchase
first week of April. (next week)
MOM 2005 was more or less tracking hardware. 2007 is extension to software health IF the
company follows the SML.
From the presentation if you read closely, they spent
1236.00 at a Tijuana Bar. One Tequila,
Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Dirty Dirty Floor!
Problem Path. Allows
you to highlight only items of issue and drill down to the lowest level
quickly. Grays out everything else. neato
Error reporting. Yeah
so what? Fun is the fact that you can
set up a fix path so people can repeat the fix by simply clicking a button. Think interactive knowledgebase and fix. If
the problem is repeated you can have SCOM run the task by trigger.
Microsoft is extending System Center Support to
Network-Aware Service management with System Center
Operations Manger (next version 2010?)
How are going to do this? Partnership
of EMC2 smarts product. BiDirectional
Connector with EMC for SCOM 2007 management pack.
Check in and arrival at this conference is always a
dream. How is it possible to get all
your info and check in less than 3 minutes?
I wish my travel was this easy! A
simple photo idea and you get your first bit of SWAG.
Attendee tip: Lanyards sponsored by 1E are color
have purple, freshman have black and the media
Attendee tip: Double check your room assignments. Why?
Well I was going to a specific lab that was supposed to be intro to
Optimization Manager in room 20. What I
didn't notice was it was supposed to be room 20a and I walked into 20d. A Hands On Lab for DCMv2 for SQL. I didn't notice anything was amiss until 20
minutes had later. No worries, half the
fun of these conferences is the ability to learn new technology. DCMv2 lab was not working, so I took the
opportunity to learn PowerShell (beta name = Monad) In summary, read room numbers and if you
don't enjoy and learn all you can.
Below is a quick script to send HTTP information to a website.
This is extremly powerful for submitting information from a workstation to a SQL database. How does it get to a database from an HTTP post?
- create an *.asp page on an webserver
- have the *.asp page take command line parameters and pass them to a SQL insert string
- Why do SQL on server? Well it keeps the password and / or security rights on your website and not distributed to clients
' NAME: HTTPPost.vbs
' COMMENT: Sends HTTP Post commands to a website
' ARGUEMENTS: Two separated by a SPACE.
' First arguement is the website to post To
' Second arg is the status to post
' HTTPPost.vbs "http://<WebSite>/default.asp" "Cname=MyComputer&Site=SMS"
On Error Resume Next
Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objArgs = WScript.Arguments
If objArgs.Count < 2 Then
' ERROR: Missing Arguments
iErrorCode = 3503
strErrorDescr = "The command contains an invalid number of arguments."
objShell.LogEvent 1, "HTTPPostFailed with error code:" & iErrorCode & "[" & strErrorDescr & "]"
' Set arguemented URL
strURL = objArgs(0)
' Set argumented Request
strRequest = objArgs(1)
If objArgs.Count > 2 Then
For I = 2 To objArgs.Count - 1
strRequest = strRequest & " " & objArgs(I)
If Err.Number <> 0 Then
objShell.LogEvent 1, "HTTPPostFailed with error code:" & Err.Number & "[" & Err.Description & "]"
Set objArgs = Nothing
Function HTTPPost(sUrl, sRequest)
set oHTTP = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")
oHTTP.open "POST", sUrl,false
oHTTP.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
oHTTP.setRequestHeader "Content-Length", Len(sRequest)
HTTPPost = oHTTP.responseText