Author: Rob Marshall

Monitoring DNS queries on your WinOS

I can’t stop looking at this tool, it’s addictive. It is up on one of my screens all the time now. DNSQuerySniffer is a network sniffer utility that shows the DNS queries sent on your system. For every DNS query, the following information is displayed: Host Name, Port Number, Query ID, Request Type (A, AAAA, NS, MX, and so on), Request Time, Response Time, Duration, Response Code, Number of record...

WMUG – A day with Wally Mead covering ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and Mobile Device Management

The Windows Management User Group has Wally Mead back for an awesome day of ConfigMgr SP1 and Mobile Device Management content.The venue is London, Victoria, Cardinal Place, and we have capacity for 100 attendees, and we have loads of giveaways to raff...

Unsticking Clients from unavailable Distribution Points

  I was at a customer site recently and they were simulating a data centre failure as part of their Disaster Recovery plan. They replicate the Site server as a VM across to another data centre in real-time and fail over to it when the main Site se...

TechNet UK Article: How to Configure Alerts in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

I wrote a little article for TechNet UK as a guest post where I go over the new Email Notifications mechanism in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1.Check it out here

MS KB2823324 patch could cause loss of OS on next reboot if deployed

Lots of chatter out there on the web on this, Microsoft has pulled a patch, KB2823324, that is reportedly causing Windows OS’s not to boot properly or for application to not function correctly.If you haven’t got this out into production yet, think it’d be a sensible precaution to remove it from any Deployment Packages and prevent any production instability until it is all resolve...

WMUG reporting point role installed at MMS 2013!

Our very own WMUG representative is at this years most awesome MMS 2013, Simon Skinner, CDM MVP, who will be tweeting and such like across the week, letting us know all the exciting stuff taking place.Check out the WMUG MMS 2013 dedicated page.We link ...

WMUG Virtual Event

Another WMUG webcast, this time from Satisnet and Secunia, click through to get more information on the event and how to register.Overview: Secunia CSI provides highly detailed software inventory including both programs and plug-ins. This inventory is in turn mapped to security intelligence related to the individual programs and plug-ins as well as details about vendor supplied security u...

Community Server and BOT registrations

UPDATED: Script modified to log resultsSpam. Spam. Spam. Here at WMUG we see a lot of Bots trying to register an account with us so they can get in and spam the site silly. For most website administrators it is an on-going chore separating out the wheat from the chaff so to speak, telling the real registrations apart from the fake ones. When we started up the User Group there was hardly any bot sp...

ConfigMgr Cumulative Update 1 for Service Pack 1–Released

Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 has been released.This release is heaving with updates covering the Administrator Console, Site Systems, Device Management, Software Updates, Client and PowerShell.As usual...

MVPS HOSTS – Ad blocking via HOSTS file

This project is as old as I am LOL, every now and then get reminded to go visit for a revised HOSTS file.So today I updated to catch up with the latest IP’s for those dodgy Trojan sites and Ad spammers. Go check this stuff out, it’ll block a lot in your browser for free.Visit and download hereThanks to the folks who maintain this HOSTS file, you rock!

WMUG Event – Netwrix–Change Reporter Suite recording is available

This week we had a virtual event with Netwrix, where Aidan Simister and Danny Murphy demonstrated a selection of core modules from their Change Reporter Suite. A pretty good overview all-round, with Aidan introducing the company and the products, while diving into the use cases for the Change Reporter Suite and handing over to Danny for live demo.The audio is a bit choppy in this one, entirely my ...

WMUG Video–Niall Brady from Windows-Noob.com demo’s CM12 BitLocker front-end HTA

While I was out in Seattle enjoying a fantastic MVP 2013 summit, I came across my buddy Niall Brady who was getting all excited about his new CM12 BitLocker front-end HTA (new, I think he’s reached Iteration 3 so not so new …), and we agreed to meet up in the evening to go over it. This all went to plan, and in a bustling hotel bar in Seattle we sat down, with food, beer and laptops i...