Taking the Burden Out of Application Compatibility

I’ve spent the last 6 months outside my comfort zone because I have not been working a tremendous amount with ConfigMgr. I accepted a position with a firm where my priority is on VDI at the moment. We are feverously trying to get the VDI environment stable so that we can migrate our XP users ahead of the April XP...

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Dude,where’s my compliance data?

One announcement that was made during MMS 2013 was the release of MDOP 2013 which includes MBAM 2.0. I’m not writing this blog to tell you about the features of MBAM 2.0, if you want that info you can get it here. What I do want to discuss in this blog is compliance data retention. While the ConfigMgr integration in...

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Machine Details Report Revisited

A couple weeks ago there was a thread on the SMS mailing list discussing AI, add/remove programs data and third party normalization products. Personally I’ve been using BDNA Normalize CM for a couple years now. I find the normalized data easier to use than any of the out of the box data. Using the normalized data I am able to...

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CM 12 RTM Monthly Software Updates Deployment

Prior to the writing of this document I have created several deployment packages. I use a total of four packages. There’s one for Windows XP, Windows 7, Office and Adobe. These packages have been sent to a DP group which contains all DP’s. For each deployment package there is a corresponding software update group. Before proceeding with adding new patches...

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Tracking Automatic Software Removals

In earlier blogs I’ve shown you how to automatically uninstall software using BDNA Normalize CM data in ConfigMgr. The steps I outlined in that blog post definitely work from a technical perspective however there’s a good possibility that don’t meet your internal change management policies. In that post I promised to later show how to do those uninstalls and also...

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Allow Edit Access of SSRS Reports in Report Builder

Out of the box in Configmgr 2012 is lacking a couple of RBAC roles that I’d think are fairly commonly required. This tutorial will step you through creating RBAC roles for Reporting Users and Reporting Administrators. Reporting Users are those users who simply need to view SSRS reports from a browser, Reporting Administrators are those who need to also edit...

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Automatically Create PDF of CM Reports

We are currently performing an XP to Windows 7 migration across the Enterprise. In preparation for the migration I’ve was asked to supply a custom report in pdf format for each machine. The report contains a list of applications, printers, drivers and mapped drives that are installed as well as the physical location of the comptuer and some basic user information. The...

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CM12 RTM Site Restore Tasks

You’ve performed a restore from backup on a ConfigMgr 2012 RTM site and now you notice that software updates are not sync’ing? There’s a bug that should be fixed in SP1 but for now we need to peform some manual cleanup tasks after the restore. The steps I will outline below involve directly editing the ConfigMgr database. This is highly unsupported,...

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Normalized Software Titles From ConfigMgr 2012 In Service Manager 2012

This blog is a follow-up post to an earlier blog I’ve written. The steps are exactly the same as they were in ConfigMgr 2007 and Service Manager, the only difference is the xml file provided here has been updated. This solution only works with ConfigMgr 2012 and Normalize CM 3.02. If you are on ConfigMgr 2007 please see the earlier...

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