What is CMTrace?

By Garth Jones CMTrace is a real time log file viewer for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12). What makes CMTrace a must have tool? There are numerous reasons, but here are a few of my favorites: · Review log files in real time as they are updated. · Merge multiple log files together at once. · Highlight error messages...

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Where to Find User Name Data in Configuration Manager, Part 2

By Garth Jones In my last blog post, I talked about how there are three places to find user name details and how they are inventoried. In this blog post I will talk about how best to leverage each of them. Here’s a quick refresher of where to find the user name data by using the following three queries: v_GS_COMPUTER_SYSTEM...

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Configuration Manager Inventory Cycle Recommendations

By Garth Jones I’m often asked for advice about Configuration Manager’s inventory settings. First, what are the three different inventories? 1. Hardware Inventory (includes Asset Intelligence data) 2. Software Inventory 3. Heartbeat Discovery Hardware Inventory You would think based solely on its name that this inventory setting only shows details about the physical hardware. It is true that it does...

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How to Test System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP)

By Garth Jones While reviewing my inbox, I noticed a phishing attempt to download malware. The timing couldn’t be more perfect because I was starting to create some new System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports to work with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) and CM12 R2 for Enhanced Web Reporting (EWR). I needed a...

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Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) Stored Screen Captures

By Garth Jones The other day I was working with a client to help them setup their System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) server. As part of the project we wanted to document every step we did, so we used PSR.exe (Problem Steps Recorder). We installed SQL and set the recording. Before moving on to install CM12, we reviewed the...

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