Speaking @ MMS as one of the 3 International System Center Chefs

I am excited to be co-presenting a Service Manager session at MMS 2014 on November 10th. The session is titled: 900 Degrees of Service Manager with 3 International System Center Chefs. I am lucky to be co-presenting with: Here is what you can expect from the session: “In this demo-packed session, you explore the depths […]

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What does good SAM look like?

I was asked this question the other day and so thought further examination was worth writing down and sharing.  But before we race to a conclusion, it’s worth understanding the roots of SAM as this will serve to reinforce the value of the activities that comprise good SAM.  Software Asset Management was borne out of a need to have a...

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System Center Service Manager: Service Catalog

One of the core pieces to Service Manager is the Service Catalog. This is the website where end users can go to submit incidents or service requests. The website is built from a SharePoint site and runs a Silverlight plugin, so there are a lot of possibilities for customization. There are two parts to adding items to the service catalog...

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Comparing ConfigMgr Date Formats in PowerShell

If you have worked with ConfigMgr much, you know that uses WMI to stores tons of information.  WMI uses the CIM_DATETIME format, which looks like this: yyyymmddHHMMSS.mmmmmmsUUU.  In order to work with this in PowerShell, you need to convert it into something that the Get-Date cmdlet can understand.  Here are two ways that you can accomplish this: Using […]

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How to list SSRS Report permissions

  Have you ever needed to know which groups or users have access to your reports? Use the following query to get a comprehensive list of who has access to what. USE ReportServer GO select u.UserName, r.RoleName, r.Description, c.Path, c.Name from dbo.PolicyUserRole pur inner join dbo.Users u on pur.UserID = u.UserID inner join dbo.Roles r […]

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ConfigMgr evaluation expired – what now?

I just rescued myself out of a pretty embarrassing situation… My home lab is managed by ConfigMgr and I am using the eval version for it, all good so far. System Center 2012 eval versions are valid for 180 days, after that you either need to reinstall them or add a license key, whichever you like.   How to add a license key to Configuration Manager post install Adding the license key to ConfigMgr post install is pretty easy. Just run the setup.exe from your local ConfigMgr Installation directory. DO NOT use the installation media, it won’t work! Choose “Perform Site Maintenance or reset this site”: The next page normally … Continue reading

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Configuration Manager or Microsoft Intune? How About Both?

In the 2nd episode of the Endpoint Zone, a new series with Microsoft’s Simon May and Brad Anderson, there’s a lot of ground covered. Simon and Brad dig into some Windows 10 features to start, but quickly transition into a good discussion on the EMM market and how System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune serve to provide a best of...

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Enterprise App Store Best Practice #3 – Stock the Store

nterprise Best Practice # 3 – Stock the Store and Keep It Current

Successful app stores offer a rich selection of applications that are ready for immediate deployment. Those applications should be kept current with the latest patches and updates. They should also be available for all the operating environments and devices that users have: desktop and laptop computers, virtual desktops and mobile devices.

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What Not to Do With MBAM and Windows 2003 Domains

By Garth Jones Several weeks ago I was doing some work with Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) and setting it up within one of my test labs. This test lab was running Windows Server 2003 as the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and the language setting was English Canada. I’m telling you this now because you’ll understand why a bit...

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