Month: April 2016

Heat Software Offering Free Event Badge for the Midwest Management Summit

The Midwest Management Summit kicks off in just a couple weeks. It runs May 17, 18, 19 at the Radisson Blu in the Mall of America (Minnesota). The event is already sold out but Heat Software is offering one free attendee spot for a lucky participant. All you have to do is complete a form to submit your reasons for why you deserve to win (in 200 words or less). The opportunity ends on Friday May 6th. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7Z9Z2CH I’ll be there providing some emcee support and completely looking forward to connecting with the System Center Configuration Manager community. Good luck and I hope to see you there! Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Updated Vulnerability Assessment Report is available for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

A Hotfix is available to enhance the Vulnerability Assessment Report for ConfigMgr 2012. The updated reports shows: List of Security, Administrative and Compliance Vulnerabilities for a specific computer List of Windows Updates Vulnerabilities (if there are any) List of Windows Server Vulnerabilities (if there are any) List of IIS Vulnerabilities (if there are any) List of SQL Vulnerabilities (if there are any) Download here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3153628 But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Last Reminder – Computer Collection Details is April’s Free SSRS Report!

Make sure to email Info AT Enhansoft for your copy of April’s free report today! The Computer Collection Details report will return a list of all collections for a specific PC along with the name of any maintenance windows that are assigned to each collection. This information is useful when determining if any deployments are targeted to a specific computer or if any maintenance windows or types exist on a collection. Stay tuned because next week we’ll announce May’s free SSRS report!

Microsoft announces Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5

Microsoft has just announced the release of System Center Technical Preview 5. The next version of System Center is being designed with greater interoperability with the hybrid cloud, to allow organizations to take advantage of on-premises and cloud-based operations. TP5 includes both the more cloud-focused System Center products and Microsoft’s newest product, Operations Management Suite. Here’s what you’ll find in today’s update: Advanced software-defined datacenter support, including managing the lifecycle of Nano Server hosts and virtual machines, simplified deployment of the new Windows Server 2016 software-defined networking components, and support for Storage Spaces Direct and replicated storage volumes. Expanded surface area of monitoring and reduced friction for IT Operations with...

ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution Workflow from the ConfigMgr Console

By Garth Jones Not too long ago S. D’Souza @sdsouza78 asked me the following: “Is there an SCCM/SSRS article which explains the report execution flow starting at SCCM console ending with SQL Report displayed?” By way of background, this is the third post in which I am answering all of his questions about the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report execution workflow process. These are my previous posts on this topic: How Does the ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution Workflow Operate? and Which Security Accounts Are Used within ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution? I’m not a fan of executing SSRS reports from the System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) console because accessing reports from the ConfigMgr console requires a lot of extra processing to perform this task. Plus, why would you ...

Hotfix Watch: SMSTSRebootDelay Variable Not Working for Multiple Restarts

Microsoft has released a new Hotfix for those System Center Configuration Manager customers who have found a problem with initiating multiple restarts through a task sequence. The Hotfix is for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2. Download here: The SMSTSRebootDelay variable does not work for multiple restarts in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Which Security Accounts Are Used within ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution?

By Garth Jones In a recent tweet, S. D’Souza @sdsouza78 said: “It always confuses me which account/security context gets used where when running reports from within SCCM/SSRS environment.” I found his admission interesting and my first reaction was to say that SSRS always uses your account information, but the answer isn’t that simple! In ConfigMgr 2012 and later there is only one supported configuration (see Screenshot #4 below), so this blog post will talk about it and how to determine what account is running the SSRS reports in your environment. By the way, with ConfigMgr 2007, it is a “free for all,” so for ConfigMgr 2007 there is no easy answer. Similar to my last post on the subject, How Does the ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution Workflow Operate? I’m going to use the same scenario, so...

Vote for May’s Free SSRS Report

Help choose Enhansoft’s next free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report for the month of May. The report choices are: List of PCs by Share Type OR Count of CPU Socket Types. VOTE HERE! As of today the List of PCs by Share Type report is ahead with 89% of the vote! a) The List of PCs by Share Type report provides the PC name, user name, share name, share path, and share caption for a particular share type and system role. Knowing this information is helpful in tracking down rogue shares that may not be properly configured or shouldn’t exist in the first place. In the full-feature set this report will drill through to Computer Share Details. b) The Count of CPU Socket Types report provides a count of all CPU socket types. This information is useful for inventory purposes, and when upgr...

System Center Configuration Manager Build 1604 Now Available

Features in this build… Windows Store for Business integration – You can now manage and deploy applications purchased through the Windows Store for Business portal for both online and offline licensed apps. You can also view a video walkthrough of this feature. Passport for Work policies – You can now deploy Passport for Work policies to domain-joined Windows 10 PCs managed by the ConfigMgr client as well as mobile devices managed by Microsoft Intune. On-premises Health Attestation Service integration – You can now configure devices that cannot connect to the cloud-based Health Attestation Service to connect with the on-premises Health Attestation Service instead. VPN for Windows 10 – You can now deploy VPN profiles with 3rd-party providers to Windows 10 devices managed with ConfigMg...

SQL 2005 Report Giveaway!

Last week we told you that SQL Server 2005 is no longer supported by Microsoft. What does this mean to you? Well, if you are using ConfigMgr 2007 you’ll need to upgrade to SQL Server 2008. In order to help give you a better handle on the amount of SQL 2005 software in your organization, we’re giving away copies of our Count of SQL 2005 Editions report! Simply send an email requesting this report to Info AT Enhansoft. This SSRS report will provide you with a count of all of the SQL 2005 editions within your environment. You can read Garth Jones’ blog post, Goodbye SQL 2005! in its entirety on our blog site.

Preparing for Windows 10

Microsoft estimated that businesses’ migrating from Windows XP x32 to Windows 7 x64 could experience issues that required close to 50% of applications to be replaced, upgraded, or remediated.  Today, for those upgrading from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 10 x64, that number is <10%.  For those that had kept up with Windows 8.1 ‘Update 1’, the number will be even smaller.  But, for companies that stayed on a 32bit edition of Windows 7, their migration to Windows 10 x64 will be more painful, as they’ll have to address all the 64bit issues which they deferred during their last OS migration. Application Readiness for an OS Migration is more than just about application compatibility.  The attraction of Windows 10 is new features, tighter security, long term support vision, and touch-based apps/ha...

How Does the ConfigMgr SSRS Report Execution Workflow Operate?

By Garth Jones Recently S. D’Souza @sdsouza78 sent me a tweet asking: “Is there an SCCM/SSRS article which explains the report execution flow starting at SCCM console ending with SQL Report displayed?” I’ll try to answer this question by saying right off the bat that you should ALWAYS access the reports from the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) web interface. Accessing reports from the System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) console requires a lot of extra processing to perform this task; more overhead, if you will. Plus, why would you only open the console to view a report? In this blog post I will demonstrate the report execution workflow from the SSRS web interface to the ConfigMgr database. I’ll write another blog post to show you the report execution workflow from th...