Shavlik Third-Party Patch Management

Shavlik is a third party patch management add-on for Configuration Manager. It brings in updates for Adobe, Java, and Firefox, just to name a few. It publishes these updates just like any other Windows update. Shavlik used to rely on System Center Update Publisher (SCUP). It would fill in the catalog and then the administrator would publish the updates to...

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Create MDT Applications from ConfigMgr Applications

Did you see Johan Arwidmark’s post about “The battle begins – Building the perfect reference image for ConfigMgr 2012” (http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/163/The-battle-begins-Building-the-perfect-reference-image-for-ConfigMgr-2012.aspx) ? One point Johan, and also a lot of customers and other consultants, brought up, was this: You don’t need to dupliacte software packages (apps), which means if you are building really thick images (30 – 40 apps in the image), and those apps are already in ConfigMgr, it’s probably faster to build the image in ConfigMgr. I understand, if I needed to do that manually I’d be very much pi**ed off Thankfully I know Powershell and hey, both ConfigMgr and MDT even more know what Powershell is. In one … Continue reading

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Powershell script to find Boundary overlaps in ConfigMgr

Having boundaries are important for different reasons. Robert Marshall tweeted an interesting question yesterday, asking Of course it can. Site assignment can be done otherwise and as long as you are happy with all your clients being in slow boundaries, then you’re ‘fine’. But should you do that””? I don’t think so. Anyways. Nickolaj Andersen then tweeted that he finished a script which would evaluate if a given IP is somewhere inside an existing boundary: http://www.scconfigmgr.com/2014/04/15/check-if-an-ip-address-is-within-an-ip-range-boundary-in-configmgr-2012/ I remembered that I wrote a similar script some months ago and thought I had uploaded it, which was apparently not the case. So here is my script… Overlapping Boundaries In version 2012 ConfigMgr … Continue reading

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April’s Free SSRS Report is Collection Action Details!

Collection Action Details is only available for FREE in APRIL, so send an email to Info AT Enhansoft in order to get your copy today! Thank you, again, to everyone who voted in last month’s poll. Collection Action Details was the over-whelming favorite report with 78% of the vote! Collection Action Details allows you to see what collections (including collection...

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Content Distribution Magic

Content Distribution Follow-up This post is inspired by a question submitted on my previous post: Content Distribution: The Myth. The question was about how ConfigMgr determines if files are different when deciding whether or not to replicate them to distribution points. Specifically, the requestor wanted to know whether a simple name change to a file would cause ConfigMgr to see the file as a new file and thus not re-replicate it to the distribution points. Hashing ConfigMgr uses a hashing function to determine if the files are different. Hashing algorithms…read more

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Where to find myITforum at TechEd 2014

We’ll have lots to share this week, as all our TechEd 2014 plans are finalizing, but we wanted to give you at least one tidbit today on how to find us at TechEd 2014. Here’s where we’ll be located in the Expo: Grab the full expo map:  TechEd 2014 Expo Map (594k) And, here’s our swanky digs, where you can...

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Changing the conversation: OS Migrations to Proactive Application Lifecycle Planning

By Randy Littleson Recently, you’ve seen that I, along with other members of our Application Readiness team have shared a few posts and links to articles based upon the impending End-of-Life of Windows XP. Well, the magic date of April 8 is now passed and the question now becomes, “Now What?”. In addition to future OS migration projects, how does an enterprise plan for and embrace the new world of continuous application transitions in an increasingly complex environment that includes mobile, virtual, desktops and servers? On Thursday, April 17, 11AM EST, I will be moderating a panel discussion with both…

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