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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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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Microsoft App-V 5.0: Sequencer

This is the second part of a series about App-V 5.0. Part one focused on integrating App-V with SCCM, how to install the App-V client, and some common scenarios where App-V may be appropriate. Part one can be found here: http://www.windowsmanagementexperts.com/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration.htm. This part in the series will focus on the App-V sequencer. I will take you through sequencing a simple...

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Microsoft App-V 5.0: CM 2012 Integration

This is the first in a two-part series about App-V 5.0 and how it integrates with Configuration Manager 2012. It will also detail some common scenarios where App-V may be appropriate. Next week we will talk about the App-V Sequencer. These posts will not cover anything to with the standalone server version of App-V 5.0. The first thing you should...

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Clean Up Active Directory and CM 2012 with Orchestrator

This article is in a continuing series about using Orchestrator to automate tasks in CM 2012. See the Windows Management Experts Blog for more articles. Keeping your AD and CM 2012 environment clean of old objects is key to making sure that you can get accurate and relevant information for your environment. Actually keeping these old and unused objects out...

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VMM: Private Cloud and Services

This is part of a continuing series on Virtual Machine Manager. This part will focus on creating a private cloud and what this means, as well as creating services. Please visit http://windowsmanagementexperts.com/blog for more in this series. Private Cloud In VMM, a private cloud is created using local hardware and managed by your VMM admins. It is setup as its...

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Virtual Machine Manager: Library

This is part of a continuing series on Virtual Machine Manager. This part will focus on the Library node of the console. Included here are templates, profiles, and the VMM storage library. Templates A template in VMM allows you to quickly create a VM. It is almost like creating an image. You install an OS and configure it, and then...

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Virtual Machine Manager: Overview

This is start of a series of articles about System Center Virtual Machine Manager. VMM is Microsoft’s virtual machine management system. It can control Hyper-V, Citrix, and VMware ESX environments. This series will focus primarily on Hyper-V management. VMM expands Hyper-V capabilities, and adds a bunch of features that makes it comparable to ESX. Some of the main features are...

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Service Manager: Workflow Management

Workflows in Service Manager can help get your incidents to the proper support group. Workflows can be based on almost any attribute that Service Manager can read, whether they be from Active Directory, SCCM, or Operations Manager. Possible Uses If you have a distributed IT environment, workflows can make managing incidents much easier. Examples of a “distributed” environment might be...

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Service Manager: Service Request Fulfillment

Service Request Fulfillment and Incident Requests are similar in Service Manager. You may actually be wondering what the difference is between the two. The ITIL and MOM frameworks basically define an incident as a service interruption to an IT system. A service request is a request for service/access to an IT system. This can be requesting access to a system,...

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Using App-V to Deploy Office 2013

IT administrators, with the release of App-V 5.0 SP2, now have the ability to virtualize the volume license edition of Office 2013. This is new, as previously you could only virtualize the Office 365 version of Office 2013. The article can be used to deploy both, though I will focus primarily on the volume license version. I will cover the...

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Create a VM from Service Manager Request

This article will detail a method by which you can have Orchestrator build you a VM in Virtual Machine Manager by transferring a Service Manager Incident into a Support Group. With slight modification, this process can also work from Service Manager Change Management requests or Service requests. I will detail that when we get to that point. In order to...

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