Cireson Notify Analyst App for Service Manager

Anyone who has ever installed and configured Service Manager knows the pain involved in setting up notification workflows for work item re-assignment. This becomes even more time consuming when setting up notifications for support group changes or reviewer changes. A large part of this pain is because you almost always need to export Management Pack XML and configure relationship subscriptions...

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Amazon releases a Management Pack for OpsMgr 2012 and 2007 R2

Amazon’s investment in participating in MMS 2013, coupled with a slew of announcements from Microsoft about Windows Azure improvements, and topped-off with a heapin’ helping of rumors around TechEd 2013 announcements, Amazon is dipping its toes into the System Center waters. Amazon announced today that it has released a Management Pack for both OpsMgr 2012 and 2007 R2, allowing you...

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU1 Half-Baked Install

It appears an installation of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 1 (KB2817245), if the pre-1/25/13 SP1 media is used and the KB2801987 hotfix applied, doesn’t necessarily play nice. Working on some scripts in the lab, I attempted to use PowerShell to import some computer information, literally copying and pasting the sample code from the Import-CMComputerInformation TechNet article and substituting a custom...

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Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Book Set to Release June 2013

Birmingham, United Kingdom, May 08, 2013 — Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager is a centralized data protection solution. DPM is used for data protection and recovery for Microsoft workloads. Data Protection Manager allows backup and recovery of Microsoft Workloads, including SQL Server, Exchange, Sharepoint, Client Computers, and Hyper-V. Enabling disk and tape-based backup methods, DPM also allows central management...

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Scripting Sybase PowerDesigner Viewer 16.x for Deployment

Ran into a curious situation when automating the installation of Sybase PowerDesigner Viewer 16.  If you just want the answer, then jump to the bottom of this post :-) The installer was built as a self-extracting InstallShield setup.  Typically, for a ConfigMgr package I like to use the extracted files.  However, when attempting to run the Setup [...]

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Lessons Learned on the Journey to Successful Desktop Transformation

By Greg LaVigne As the Client Computing/Desktop Architect of a Fortune 100 financial services company, I spearheaded a 5+ year journey to the next generation desktop and application delivery technologies. Our desktop transformation path included technologies such as Virtualized Desktops (both VDI based and RDS), Application Virtualization, User Profile Virtualization, Thin Clients, Windows 7 then mixed in BYOD with home PC’s and iPads to name a few. To summarize, if it was out there, we were reviewing it and most likely incorporated it into our eventual solution set. This is the first of a series of postings where I’m going…

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Super-secret, special myITforum discount for IT Connections

We have arranged a special code with the IT Connections folks just for myITforum’ers to get an additional discount off Early Bird prices for the conference. If you missed all the hubbub about what IT Connections is, and what you an expect there, read through: Did you miss MMS 2013? IT Connections is the next best thing In a nutshell,...

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Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What They Mean for Users – Part 3: Cost Comparison of SMBv3 vs SAN Expansion

By Lawrence Garvin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management This is the final part of a three part blog series. Also refer to the earlier blogs: • Part 1: Overview • Part 2: File Services Enhancements Historically, the optimal storage methodology for large-scale virtualization environments has been the Storage Area Network (SAN). Extremely small-scale environments were functional with internal...

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Deploy Surface Pro throughout your organization

I’ve heard from several different companies that have purchased Surface Pro’s by the stack for deployment throughout their organization. I’m sure Microsoft is aware of these cases, too, seeing that they just released a firmware and driver pack to help with Enterprise deployments. From the description: Cumulative firmware and drivers for the Surface Pro, including all current drivers as of...

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Optimizing ConfigMgr databases

Installing and configuring the CMMonitor database Background The SCCM 2007 and Configuration Manager built-in site maintenance index rebuild task does not always run. The consequence is a ConfigMgr database with indexes that are fragmented and statistics that are out of date. The impact is a database that continues to run slower and slower. The CMMonitor [...]

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