Continual Service Improvement: Lessons Learned from a Windows XP Migration

If you missed the recent webinar with John Ferrini from Sterling Bank, it was a great discussion about the lessons learned from the banks Windows XP migration. Sterling Bank is the largest commercial bank headquartered in Washington State and one of the largest regional community banks in the western US. Sterling Bank serves more than 54,000 small and medium-sized businesses and more than 280,000 retail accounts throughout the Pacific Northwest in a network of branches that span from northern California to the Canadian border. “Every service transition is an opportunity to modernize your infrastructure and improve the user experience,” explained…

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Budget Cuts That Don’t Hurt—Too Good to be True?

By Randy Littleson Whether you work in the public or private sector, the notion of budget cuts is a reality. If not an outright cut, you’re certainly being asked to do more with less—squeeze greater productivity and results out of the same number of resources and/or take on more projects than you have in the past. The problem, of course, is that budget cuts hurt—they reduce the available funds and/or personnel available to get the work done. And, in most businesses, the work needing to get done continues to grow. But do all budget cuts have to hurt? Do all…

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SCCM Compliance Settings: Services

Compliance Settings, formally Desired Configuration Manager, is a very powerful feature of SCCM. It allows you to set up configuration baselines, and then do something about them. You can create collections, or just have a report of clients that are not compliant. This post will focus on making sure services are installed and in a particular state. Visit this post for...

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Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft has release UR2 for System Center 2012 R2. There are many good fixes for the System Center products in this release. For Service Manager a good amount of console issues are resolved including the annoying FullAdapter error. Here is the list: Assume that users have both SMTP and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) endpoints. When […]

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Common IA64 .inf file names

Since Itanium (IA64) drivers cannot be migrated from ConfigMgr 2007 into 2012, I was looking for a way to easily exclude the drivers. I considered various options and ideally I wanted a simple column that would display the Applicability > Supported Platforms.  Alas, it was not that easy.  So the best easiest route that I […]

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How to deploy an ConfigMgr 2012 R2 application with RES Workspace Manager 2014?

It’s almost Easter so a quick blog about RES Workspace Manager 2014 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2.  After describing the integration of  RES Workspace Manager 2014 with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 application model, how a deployment is initiated and how App-V ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and RES Workspace Manager 2014 are better together. It’s now time to have a look at another feature of...

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Fixes to Microsoft Package Source Conversion Scripts

The Microsoft PFE team blog (ConfigMgr Dogs) has a very good sample scripts  for converting Package source files to a new location.  Located from http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrdogs/archive/2013/05/09/package-amp-application-source-modification-scripts.aspx However, I have found a couple of logical bugs.  The first is that when using the command “Set-CMPackage -Name $Package.Name -Path $ChangePath”, this will cause ALL packages with the same […]

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