Content Distribution: The Myth

A quick post to dispel a common ConfigMgr myth about content distribution. The functionality in question is what happens when you change the source location of a package (or any content since they’re all technically packages on the back-end)? I’ve seen it stated multiple times by multiple folks that ConfigMgr will re-copy all of the files within that source location to your DP(s). This simply isn’t so (and never was even in ConfigMgr 2007). When you change the source location, ConfigMgr does indeed kick-off a DP update for that package…read more

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Applications vs Packages – Why the ConfigMgr Package model won’t go anywhere

During my last projects I came across a lot of issues around Software Deployment, mainly with the not-so-new-anymore Application model of Configuration Manager 2012. Here’s a list of issues with Applications I came across and why I think the ‘legacy’ package model won’t go anywhere very soon: Applications don’t know what a recurrence schedule is Packages can be deployed and configured with a recurring schedule. If you want to have your program run on every Monday morning, just configure the recurrence accordingly. You can’t do that with Applications. The App model doesn’t know what a recurrence pattern is. It’s debatable if Software / Scripts / whatever that need to be … Continue reading

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My Apps Empowers Users with the Information They Need to Participate in Software License Optimization

Flexera Software App Portal includes a new capability, called My Apps, that empowers users with the information, tools, and motivation they need to actively participate in software license optimization. My Apps adds three innovative and unique features to the enterprise app store: • Comprehensive user view • Software Policy Score™ • Alert/response mechanism The My Apps view provides users with a wealth of information about their business applications. The upper portion of the view displays all currently active alerts and the user’s Software Policy Score™. The Software Policy Score for each user’s device is based on the user’s level of…

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Installation Survey Says! Result #3: Most Valuable Improvement to Customer Experience

Our third article on Flexera’s recent installation survey explores what respondents said were the most valuable improvements to the customer installation experience. Check out these interesting results as well as what the survey said about mobile apps/update deployments and cloud and virtualization technologies. What improvements to the customer installation experience would be most valuable to you and your customers? “Extremely important” highest response: 22% indicated less user interaction (i.e. one-click installs) “Very important” highest response: 24% said more design and branding control over the installation wizards “Important” highest response: 28% selected less user interaction (i.e. one-click installs) “Somewhat important” response:…

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Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of May

Thank you, again, to everyone who voted in last month’s poll. Now’s your chance to help decide which of the following two SSRS reports will become May’s free report! The report choices in April’s poll are: Count of File Systems OR List of PCs by SQL 2005 Edition. VOTE HERE! As mentioned first in January, all of the SSRS reports...

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Watch out for that Service! CNG Key Isolation

Probably just about anyone who may be reading this blog has probably also reviewed Microsoft’s Prerequisites for Windows Client Deployment in Configuration Manager, and many of you may have learned the hard way for dependencies like BITs, Task Scheduler, and maybe even Remote Differential Compression (RDC). I have a new one for you that we learned […]

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Infinity Connected Integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

Mobieus Solutions is excited to announce Infinity Connected™ now supports Full Integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. Learn more at http://wp.me/p3jykE-cY Connect with Mobieus Solutions: Sign Up Now: Infinity Connected™ Full Feature 30 Day Trial   Read our Blog: http://blog.mobieus.com Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MobieusLLC Visit the Support Center: Infinity Connected™ Support Center Let’s Talk Shop: 1-800-691-6774 / support@mobieus.com

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Getting Control of your Software Estate (Part 1 of 3)

By Rebecca Mack Part 1: Discovery, Inventory, Software Identification, Normalization and Rationalization Today I’d like to talk briefly about some of the recommended steps to take to gain control of your software estate. Many organizations are overwhelmed by the number of applications in their environment and have a difficult time delineating between commercial, freeware, and component applications. Part 1 of this blog series will cover the steps required to gain visibility into your software estate. Discovery and Inventory One of the first steps we recommend is to implement a hardware and software discovery and inventory tool and make sure the…

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A Successful Windows 7 Migration

There is so much news about the impending end to Windows XP and the security risks that it is refreshing to hear from customers that have successfully made the transition. One medium enterprise banking customer recently completed two Windows migrations using AdminStudio Suite to migrate their systems successfully to Windows 7. They experienced huge improvements in migrating their systems, streamlined day-to-day application delivery and improved the quality of service to their end users. The biggest benefit they highlighted was increased operational efficiency from needing fewer resources to complete projects and improved agility that enables them to respond quickly to changing…

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Advanced Exchange Server Monitoring with v6.1 of Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds® has reached yet another milestone by launching the latest version of Server & Application Monitor (SAM). Before we get in to the details of what comes with the new release, we just want to remind you that SAM has a broad coverage for monitoring over 150+ applications. It also provides monitoring capabilities for select SMEs (DBAs and Exchange admins)...

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Why you shouldn’t use the Powershell pipe when using ConfigMgr

The other day I was asked why I used the -filter parameter in one of my Powershell scripts with Get-WmiObject instead of just doing a pipe to Where-Object. When writing scripts for Configuration Manager you quite often have to use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet (or the gwmi alias) to get certain objects. But how do you manage to do it as performant as possible? The answer to that is best shown with a quick example. Find ConfigMgr device with Powershell My ConfigMgr demo environment consists of approximately 2500 demo machines in one domain. I now want to find a certain machine and I only know its name. As the Admin Console … Continue reading

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