Author: Jason Condo

How Windows Intune Benefits Any Size Company

I thought I would pass along this webcast being presented by a fellow consultant in our Infrastructure practice. I worked with him on it and know that you are sure to get some good nuggets from it. If you are wondering what Intune is or how you might leverage it to help mange your systems, tune in this Thursday.   Presented By: David Norling-Christensen – Bennett Adelson Thursday February 23r...

The User-Centric Approach and ConfigMgr 2012

This week I presented at the Northeast Ohio System center Users Group on deploying Windows 7 with Configuration Manager 2012. While there are many things different, the great thing is that if your are familiar with OSD in 2007, you can be deploying in 2012 pretty quickly. You can even port your task sequences over. However, I think the better discussion of the night was the implications the new ap...

Windows 8 Beta to release in late February

In case you haven’t heard the release from yesterday, the Windows 8 Beta release has been announced fore late February 2012. While a bit late from the expected January release date for CES, the February release is supposed to be feature complete and have the Windows Store with apps available. It will be interesting how this plays out for us in the enterprise.   Paul has a good article on it h...

Updated List of Post SP2 hotfixes for ConfigMgr 2007

While many of you are probably focusing on ConfigMgr 2012, I find myself still servicing many clients 2007 environments (since 2012 isn’t production yet). I used to keep a list of of the hotfixes that I commonly use but was at a client and didn’t have access to my list. Remembering the SCCM Guy’s blog (http://sccmguy.com) had a list I went Googling for it and came across this more updated and more...

Failed to run scheduled task for FEP Definition Update Automation with ConfigMgr

I found this great article on keeping your FEP definitions updated utilizing your existing SUP deployment solution. It downloads definitions and updates your distribution points on a regular basis. (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh297450.aspx) This is great I thought, but upon implementing I ran into a hiccup. I would kick off the task sequence but wasn’t getting any logs created and ...

Enterprise Branding – Systems

I have been an advocate of branding systems so that automation scripts and reporting can be executed to get the information branded. While SMS and ConfigMgr clients can read information from a system and dump it to a database, it is only as good as the information gathered and generally cannot be referenced when executing installs or non-SMS functions. In addition, sys admins have come up with som...

How to Manage Security Updates in ConfigMgr – Part 1

One of the questions that I often get surrounds how to manage Software Updates in Configuration Manager. I could just tell you what to do, but I think it is better to explain how the process works and give then give you recommendations on how to manage your updates. This enables you to understand why I make the recommendation and also may prevent you from reinventing the wheel and wasting your val...

How to Manage Security Updates in ConfigMgr – Introduction

In my consulting, one of the questions that I often get surrounds how to manage Software Updates in Configuration Manager. While I could just tell the client the steps to perform, I find it better to use the opportunity to mentor them in deployment concepts and enable them to make better decisions in the future. In this three-part series, I could just tell you what to do, but I think it is better ...

Software Repackaging/Automation – Skill, Discipline, or Art?

I find myself asking this more as I finish up teaching a training series on software deployment and repackaging. I found that the questions on the last day lead me to lean towards defining it as a discipline or almost, dare I say, and art form. While there are definite reasons and decisions that are made to identify how you automate a software installation, the final act of automating is really up...

Software Repackaging Decision Tree

If you didn’t already have this process down, here is a decision tree to help assist you in deciding whether to repackage and application or to look for automation options already available to the the application. There are three processes in the tree that are assumed to be documented or used already: Software Repackaging – capturing an already built installation for automation and twe...

ConfigMgr and Remote SQL – Dogfight

It seems that this discussion comes up quite often on whether to install the ConfigMgr database on the same server or on a separate server. While there are camps that side one way or the other, I thought I would throw my hat in on this topic. Generally speaking, both installation are OK. (GASP :o) Before you throw me off a cliff, hear me out. Installing the site database on the computer on which t...

Speeding up Vista

I came across this feed entry and thought it was humorous that even with all the technological benefits of Vista, the steps are vaguely familiar. http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/help/83EC0FFE-EE04-4D53-8B87-25D1F05C954E1033.mspx There is no magic bullet, and one of the suggestions is even rebooting – something that I thought Vista was supposed to help with. Odd that all of the...

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