ConfigMgr 2012 WSUS Synchronization Errors

One particularly hot topic at the Midwest Management Summit 2014 conference last month was a relatively recent but increasingly frequent issue that was called out by Kent Agerlund in his blog post “House of Cards – The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS” (referred to all week as “the house of cards post”). This issue seemed to be popping up...

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Where Are My Network Drives?

By Garth Jones While I was working on one of my Windows 2012 servers, I needed to run an internal SSRS utility. This utility allows you to browse for a file and create a ton of stored procedures within SQL. However, to run it on Windows 2012, I had to run it using elevated permissions and therefore I lost access...

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Where Are My Charts?

By Garth Jones I ran into an issue where a chart was missing in one of my recently converted System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (CM12 R2) reports. I was spinning my wheels looking at the report to try and figure out what went wrong. This is what it looked like – empty! While searching for answers I realized that...

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MP for Windows Server Updated

The System Center Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System provides the fundamental monitoring basics for computers running the Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 Operating System. Read the full details and download: System Center Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System

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Monitoring Pack for Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services now available

The Remote Desktop Services Management Pack helps you manage your computers that are running Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2012 by monitoring the health of Remote Desktop Services role services. What it monitors: RD Session Host RD Virtualization Host RD Licensing RD Gateway RD Connection Broker RD Web Access Download the MP and the MP guide: System Center 2012...

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Update on the Windows Server 2012 Launch game

For those wondering who won the Windows Server 2012 Launch game through participation on the Windows Server 2012 Launch web site, here’s a quick update. The third party is doing the drawing for the winners this week and then Microsoft will start notifying the winners.  There will be a location created online on the Microsoft web properties to show stats, updates, and...

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials RTMs

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is the replacement (or renaming) of Windows Small Business Server Essentials.  I like the new name much better than the old one.  For once, it’s shorter.  Thank you, Microsoft. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a server solution for up to 25 users and 50 devices and includes things like remote access, and data protection.  There are...

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A quick way to boost your Windows Server 2012 Launch Game points

Hopefully, you were part of the Windows Server 2012 launch by checking out the online content, i.e., the keynotes, sessions, and the Ask the Experts panels. If not, jump out there right now: Windows Server Launch web site: http://www.windows-server-launch.com OK…so, for those that know what I’m talking about, there’s a “Launch Game” ongoing on the Windows Server 2012 Launch site...

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Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Group Policy Settings doc

Microsoft maintains and provides Excel docs for the various versions of server and workstation operating systems.  They have just updated their list to include Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Get it: WindowsServer2012andWindows8GroupPolicySettings.xlsx It’s always interesting to see “what’s new” in GPO for the latest OS, and it’s a great reference to have. Want the Excel docs for earlier OS’s?  You...

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Remote Server Tools for Windows Server 2012 to run on Windows 8

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008....

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On September 18, 2012, find out how Windows Server 2012 is related to Seinfeld and Marty McFly

As some of you know, I was in the Microsoft studios the week of September 3, 2012 (Windows Server 2012 Launch Week), filming some very unique events where I sit down with product leads representing various components of Windows Server 2012.  A brief day of practice on Wednesday, led to an early start in makeup and wardrobe on Thursday morning.  Our three...

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