System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Automated Self Service Software Provision with System Center Webinar

Requesting the installation of new software and the fulfilment of that request in an Enterprise setting is a time consuming, labour intensive and slow process. The ideal solution is for Users to be able to easily request the installation and removal of software and for that request to be delivered swiftly in a fully automated way with minimal, if any IT input and in a fraction of the time taken today thus improving User perception. Well someone must have done it before you think and if you stitch enough Technet articles, blog posts and some trial an error you can build something if of course you have enough time! Why cannot I just buy a solution rather than having to re-invent each time? Well now you can with the Kelverion Self Service Software Provision Solution. The Kelverion Self Servic...

Hotfix available: Cloud User policy assignments are removed from Configuration Manager sites during data reinitialization

Here’s a quick note on an issue that we recently fixed in Configuration Manager. Hotfix 3082419 has been released to address a problem in which Cloud User policy assignments are removed from Configuration Manager sites during data reinitialization.

Deploying Windows 10 with ConfigMgr

Microsoft made huge investments to support upgrades to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and Windows 8. The work done here is the most important thing to understand: Microsoft has really focused on trying to simplify the upgrade process to Windows 10.

Feedback for Configuration Manager on UserVoice

For the longest time Microsoft has invested resources in managing and monitoring the Connect site for bugs and feedback for various products. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but that has started to shift over the last year. Connect is still a good resource for bug submissions (for now), but Microsoft has been noticeably redirecting customers to UserVoice. This was made evident with the Windows Insider program during the Windows 10 beta program, but has also been shown in a multitude of other areas. Apparently, UserVoice is working, and most customers are probably happy with the change considering Connect was always viewed as a clunky, unfriendly resource. System Center Configuration Manager also has its own UserVoice page and if you have suggestions, feedback, and yes, even bug...

Network Access Accounts are evil…

Most of the System Center Configuration Manager Environments do have a Network Access Account defined and I’ve found many that are using a privileged account for that (some with Domain Admin as NAA)… It’s time to explain why Network Access Accounts (NAA) are evil. What is a NAA doing ? The Network Access Account is used by client computers when they cannot use their local computer account to access content on distribution points. For example, this applies to workgroup clients and computers from untrusted domains. This account might also be used during operating system deployment when the computer installing the operating system does not yet have a computer account on the domain. (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh427337.aspx) So it’s only there to authenticate against the DP’s ...

Using your Configuration Manager data to Populate your Companies CMDB

As Users of this forum will know System Center Configuration Manager captures a massive amount of Asset data about the devices it has installed Agents onto. This is exactly the sort of data companies want to record in their CMDB but there has been no easy way to extract that data and use it.  So companies have resorted to the traditional methods of manually entering the data or purchase an Asset Discovery engine which can populate your CMDB.  Both solutions invariably mean the data in the CMDB bears no relationship to what you see in your management tools which just confuses the operations staff. The ideal solution to CMDB population and management is to use the Asset data discovered by your System Center Management tools to populate your CMDB.  This insures the data in your CMDB is the sa...