Configuration Manager 2012 and Anti-Virus Software Exclusions for Site Servers

By Garth Jones As I explained in my previous blog post, I was doing some work for a client and one of the items we discussed was anti-virus software exclusions. These exclusions are not only important for workstations, but also for site servers. In fact, anti-virus software exclusions are even more important to the overall performance of a Configuration Manager...

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Configuration Manager 2012 and Anti-Virus Software Exclusions for Workstations

By Garth Jones While I was doing some work for a client we discussed what anti-virus software exclusions are needed for workstations. This may seem counter-intuitive, but in order for Configuration Manager to run efficiently, without causing too much overhead to Disk IO and CPU, there are a number of recommended anti-virus software exclusions that should be implemented. You would...

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McAfee Anti-Virus Software and SCCM

By Garth Jones The following two issues involving McAfee software keep coming up on all of my clients that use McAfee and any version of Configuration Manager. 1) DISM.exe generates an Error: 5 or Access Denied when VSE 8.8 Access Protection is enabled https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB76867 2) Microsoft SMS Agent Host service (ccmexec.exe) triggers the Access Protection rule: Prevent termination of McAfee...

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How to Install CentOS 7 on Hyper-V With Integration Services

By Garth Jones In my last blog post, I showed you how to install a CentOS 7 Linux virtual machine in Windows Hyper-V Server. In this blog post I will demonstrate how to install Linux integration services for Hyper-V. STOP the installation! I learned a few things while putting together this post. First, I was under the impression that I...

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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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