Oracle License Management- Consider More than the Database Products

By Chris Hughes If one constructed their image of Oracle solely based on articles and commentary around Oracle licensing, they could be forgiven for thinking that Oracle has a single product—Oracle Database. Indeed this is the lens through which Oracle license management solutions are commonly viewed, with potentially negative consequences. There are a number of good reasons why Oracle Database licensing is singled out. Oracle Database products commonly have the highest spend of all Oracle products. In addition, Oracle License Management Services (LMS) has a formal verification program for tools that perform Oracle Database discovery and inventory (FlexNet Manager for…

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Last Reminder to Vote for September’s Free SSRS Report

You only have a few more days left to vote. The report choices are: Computer Software Update Status OR List of PCs by Manufacturer (System Enclosure). Currently, Computer Software Update Status has 81% of the vote. If you would like to see List of PCs by Manufacturer (System Enclosure) become September’s free report make sure to vote and get your...

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Application Readiness Maturity: Keeping up with Mobile Application Management, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and More

To keep up with Mobile Application Management, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and other new technologies, IT must achieve and maintain a high level of agility and be prepared for continual change. Learn how to position IT to provide business owners with all the applications they need, when they need them, on the devices they choose — while retaining control.

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Extracting the User Name From a Computer

By Garth Jones This question was asked in the Microsoft TechEd forum, “How do I get the user name from the PC name when the PC name has two different formats (XX-XX-XXX-XXXXXXX-X and XX-XX-XXX-XXXXXXX)?” In this particular case an extra character was added to certain PCs to indicate that they were rebuilt in order to avoid duplicate PC names in...

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Collection Query findings

Collection Queries can be created easily from the Configuration Manager Console without deep knowledge of WQL or SQL… But have you ever checked how long the Collection Evaluator requires to execute the Query ? An example: the following Rule should get all Machines with a specific Software installed where the Software itself can be x86 or x64: CollEval took 153s...

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Who dun it?! What have your admins been doing?

Players, A client of mine started slowly but surely getting more and more of his staff to start using SCCM 2012 R2. I created some custom RBA for his team, but as soon as I left … it seemed that some of the guys got lazy and just started adding people into the administrators group … So some admins had access over stuff in SCCM that they really should be allowed to touch … Long story short … some collections were deleted (by accident) and we needed to understand why and by whom. The guy wasnt in trouble, we just needed to identify who the admin was, so we can train them on how to manage collections correctly. Now there are many ways of doing this … My client wanted the “easiest way possible” to see “who dun it” in SCCM. So, there are actually some inbuilt reports in SCCM that…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-r2-who-dun-it-what-have-your-admins-been-doing/

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ConfigMgr uber-Hydration Kit v0.9 with Powershell DSC

Are you a ConfigMgr (or SCCM) administrator? Are you sometimes (or often, like me) in a position where you need to rebuild your ConfigMgr 2012 lab environment? I, again, was in that situation and just came out of a very interesting discussion with a co-worker and thought to myself, why not use Desired State Configuration to do all that? I am calling it uber-Hydration Kit, but to be fair, it’s not 100% automated yet. There are still a couple of things that need to be done manually. I will explain later on, that is why it is still at version 0.9. Enter: Powershell Desired State Configuration I have already used … Continue reading

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