Author: Jeff Huston

Inventorying SQL Server Editions

Well, for many organizations, it is Microsoft Enterprise Agreement true-up time.  That means you need to have accurate counts for each edition of SQL Server (Express, Standard, Enterprise, etc.).  The Asset Intelligence built in to SCCM 2007 doesn’t seem to pull that info out – just which build number of SQL is installed. Traditionally, the way to get the edition was to log in to each ...

Sysprep.inf and SCCM Image Capture

When using SCCM to capture a computer image (such as under Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008), it is sometimes necessary to provide a custom Sysprep.inf file to be used with the Sysprep process (the Prepare Windows for Capture step). In our environment, for instance, we do not have the Sysprep process preload all of the built in drivers (the Automatically Build Mass Storage Driver List option) bec...

Problem with Software Updates and New SCCM Child Sites

In our environment, we recently added two new child sites to our System Center Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy. The parent site had been running for several months prior to the addition of the child sites. While that parent site was up and running, we used it to perform typical software update tasks such as the packaging and deployment of updates. We would create a new update list and deploym...

Server Metadata in SCCM

It is not uncommon to need additional data to be stored about a server or set of servers. Who the responsible parties are (owners of the server or applications) What applications the server supports (logical business systems that span multiple servers) Maintenance information And more SCCM does a great job of inventorying the details of a system – the hardware installed, the applications ins...

SCCM Maintenance Windows and Software Updates

SCCM has made huge changes and improvements with software update delivery/installation as well as the introduction of very much needed functionality with service windows. However, there are some "gotchas" for maintenance windows that you should be made aware of. With regular software deployments, the maximum runtime value is used to determine if the program will be run within a given mai...

Scripts in SCCM 2007 DCM Configuration Items

DCM in SCCM 2007 allows the administrator to use scripts to detect if a particular configuration item is applicable as well as if a particular setting is valid. Unfortunately, the documentation that comes with the product does not show how to author the scripts to make it work. I found the info in the beta version of the SCCM SDK (thanks to Wally Mead for the clue) and I wanted to share with you w...

OPINION: Software Updates or Software Deployments

Under SCCM (and SMS), there are two different methods for the deployment of software "bits" to an end-user’s system. These two different methods have clear distinctions in how they operate and what they should be used for, but there is a gray area between them that can be a bit muddled to deal with. Software Updates The Software Update system in SCCM is designed, primarily, for the...