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Month: January 2013

SCOM Dashboard – Is Monitor Alert

Using the alert widget in the new dashboards in SCOM 2012 exposes a very useful new column, which is worth knowing about, “Is Monitor Alert”.  This new column simply informs you whether the alert was generated by a monitor or a rule, and the reason this is really useful is because it helps you to decide which alerts you can close, and which you need to leave.  In general, most monitor generated alerts will not need manually closing, as they will close automatically when the state of the object returns to Healthy (there are a few exceptions, like manual reset monitors), however alerts generated by rules do need to be dealt with.  Traditionally in SCOM, the easiest way to tell if an alert was generated by a monitor or rule was to right click the alert and see whether there was an...

Enterprise App Stores: Give Employees the Bling Without the Sting

By: Vincent Smyth The "consumerisation of IT" movement is exploding - fueled by the rising expectations of employees who want access to the same types of technology at work as they get at home. We're in the early, 'wild west' days of this trend, however, which is worrying many IT professionals who are concerned, among other things, about costs and the loss of control over IT assets. Nowhere do the hopes and fears associated with consumerisation of IT come into clearer focus than in the app store. Apps make the world go 'round. Read the full article in the Huffington...

Last Day to Request January’s Free SSRS Report

This is the last day to request January’s free SSRS report List of PCs by Office Release Version (Office 2007). Hurry and send your email request to Info at Enhansoft! Tomorrow we will announce February’s free SSRS report, so stay tuned. List of PCs by Office Release Version (Office 2007) is from our Microsoft Office 2007 Collection of reports and is worth $200, but in January it is free! All of our SSRS reports integrate with SCCM 2012 and SCCM 2007. List of PCs by Office Release Version (Office 2007) will show a list of all PCs with a particular Microsoft Office 2007 Release Version installed. In the full-feature set, this report will drill through to a further report giving details about all Office 2007 products installed on a specific PC.   Sample Screenshot:

SCOM Dashboard – Is Monitor Alert

Using the alert widget in the new dashboards in SCOM 2012 exposes a very useful new column, which is worth knowing about, "Is Monitor Alert".  This new column simply informs you whether the alert was generated by a monitor or a rule, and the reason this is really useful is because it helps you to decide which alerts you can close, and which you need to leave.  In general, most monitor generated alerts will not need manually closing, as they will close automatically when the state of the object returns to Healthy (there are a few exceptions, like manual reset monitors), however alerts generated by rules do need to be dealt with.  Traditionally in SCOM, the easiest way to tell if an alert was generated by a monitor or rule was to right click the alert and see whether there was...

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 – What’s New in OSD

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrJust a summary of changes listed on TechNet.  The following items are new or have changed for operating system deployment in  SP1: Changes to Configuration Manager Setup: SP1 uses the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) instead of Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) to deploy an operating system. Before you run Setup, you [...]

3rd Party patch management – Part 6

Hi All, this is the part 6, last one talking about SolarWinds Patch Manager, and in this post we’ll see how to publish updates to be used by the SCCM… 1st, on the SCCM console, go to Software Library, 3rd Party Updates, Updates overview, all updates, this month under Vendors, click Mozila, and select Mozila Firefox 10.0.12 ESR (Upgrade) and click Publish Under publish, i selected publish selected packages to the wsus server, verify wsus version and re-sign existing selected package and clicked next the server publishing verification wizard should be completed without any problem**. Once its done, click close the patch manager publishing wizard will start and once done (downloading the files), select the update (or updates) and click next the publishing process will start and af...

3rd Party patch management – Part 6

Hi All,this is the part 6, last one talking about SolarWinds Patch Manager, and in this post we'll see how to publish updates to be used by the SCCM...1st, on the SCCM console, go to Software Library, 3rd Party Updates, Updates overview, all updates, this month under Vendors, click Mozila, and select Mozila Firefox 10.0.12 ESR (Upgrade) and click Publish Under publish, i selected publish selected packages to the wsus server, verify wsus version and re-sign existing selected package and clicked next the server publishing verification wizard should be completed without any problem**. Once its done, click close the patch manager publishing wizard will start and once done (downloading the files), select the update (or updates) and click next the publishing process will start and after tha...

Wanted: More Monitor Information Reporting – MIR Version 4 Beta Testers

We are rolling out a new version of Monitor Information Reporting – MIR and we’re looking for beta testers. Curious about how MIR works? Visit our website to read MORE about MIR Version 4 and how to download it from our website. During the beta program you’ll have an opportunity to tell us how to improve MIR and you’ll be able to take part in our survey. MIR Version 4 is compatible with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Here’s a sample of some of the reports you will be able to run: Count of Monitor States will show you the total number of “Real,” “True,” and “False” monitor states within your organization: Drill through from this report to List of Monitors by Active State which will give you an accurate report of which monitors are in e...

Deployment Image Servicing Management (DISM) – Removing An Injected Update From The Image

Posted in GeneralWAIKThe following commands are used to identify and remove an update that has been injected into the image. The DISM commands need to be executed from the Deployment Tools Command Prompt. This is part of the Windows AIK. First, we need to get some information on the image so we can properly mount the image [...]

Software Licensing: Tips for Avoiding Noncompliance with Microsoft Products

I believe the vast majority of organizations honestly try to avoid over using software license. Even so, the nature of software licensing actually facilitates mistakes causing noncompliance. This post lists some useful tips for avoiding mistakes by improperly calculating Microsoft licenses in your environment. Careful when deploying a version or edition that is different from the license purchased: This can be a tricky move. Downgrading the version is generally (but not always) straight forward but not so with editions. This is a very common mistake. Understand the effect of the sales channel on the licensing rules: There is a big difference between OEM, Volume and Volume + Software Assurance (SA). Use the proper set of use rights: Usage rights are simply the rights offered by the publishe...

Important ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Hotfix Released (KB2801987)

There always seems to be a price to pay for jumping on the latest release quickly.  Many who rushed to download and install System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 got a nasty little surprise in the form of failed client installation and OS deployments. The problem typically manifests itself in the client deployment logs (%windir%\ccmsetup\ccmsetup.log) with the following error: Couldn’t verify ‘C:\Windows\ccmsetup\MicrosoftPolicyPlatformSetup.msi’ authenticode signature. Return code 0x800b0101 InstallFromManifest failed 0x80004005 CcmSetup failed with error code 0x80004005 In the case of an OS deployment, the usual Task Sequence failure screen does not show. Instead, the machine simply reboots in conjunction with the “Setup Windows and ConfigMgr” task and boots...

Lessons Learned with Configuration Manager 2012 Cross-Forest, Internet-Based Client Management Configuration

In a recent implementation, I enjoyed (and cried over) learning some lessons in regards to setting up Internet Based Client Management in multiple forests. There are several things that need to be put into place in order to get Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 working properly with intranet clients, internet clients located in the same forest as ConfigMgr, and internet clients located in separate forests from ConfigMgr. The notes below are broken down as a high level overview along with some additional tidbits that might help others with getting their environment working properly. This is going with the scenario that there will be an intranet facing role server and internet facing role server located within the same forest while trying to get devices in other forests communicating vi...