Links and other usefull information from this week MOC 6451 (updated 04/05-2010)

Websites: http://scug.dk/ – Danish System Center User Group http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/default.mspx - SMS 2003 homepage http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/default.aspx - System Center homepage http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/configurationmanager/ - Configuration Manager News groups http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364 - Configuration Manager webcasts http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/default.aspx - Config Mgr. homepage http://www.myitforum.com/ - Great community http://technet.microsoft.com/da-dk/configmgr/default(en-us).aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/da-dk/library/bb735860(en-us).aspx http://www.smsexpert.com/ - Information about MOF editing http://www.1e.com/ - Config Mgr. addons http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/default.aspx – System Center Config Mgr. team blog http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/cm/ff597934.aspx – More online training on ConfigMgr. 2007 Deployment Sites: http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/osdeploy/ - Deployment Blog, author Michael Petersen http://blogs.technet.com/msdeployment/default.aspx - MDT Blog Tools: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/tools/scripto2.mspx - Scriptomatic http://sourceforge.net/projects/smsclictr - Config Mgr Client Center http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/SCCMTools.ashx - SCCM Right click tools and more http://www.myitforum.com/inc/upload/12336RegKeyToMOF.zip – [...]

By | 2009-05-27T15:34:21+00:00 May 27th, 2009|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|0 Comments

Auto run action when a new user loges on / add setting to HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Ever wanted to set a registry key to automate some stuff for your users, only to find out that the key resides in HKEY_CURRENT_USER making it quit difficult to have it work for all users on the pc. You can of cause set this in your login script, but setting registry fixes is not really a job for the login script. During a deployment scenario, where only the administrator is logged in, we can obviously us the run once command from the registry, but that only run once on the computer, and not once pr. USER. We could also manipulate [...]

By | 2009-05-25T10:05:34+00:00 May 25th, 2009|General info, OS Deployment|9 Comments

Disable the Windows Media Player wizard on first run

Ever get annoyed that your users have to run trough the media Player 11 wizard, the first time they launch the program. Well I do, and in general my customers do to.. The fix however is quit simple. All you have to do is set the AcceptedPrivacyStatement key to 1 in the registry, under HKEY_CURRENT_USER ___________________________________________________________________________________ Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences] "AcceptedPrivacyStatement"=dword:00000001 ____________________________________________________________________________________ The obvious problem of cause, is the fact that the key is under current_user, which means that the user needs to be logged on to windows, when the key is added..  This can be automated by [...]

By | 2009-05-22T10:26:33+00:00 May 22nd, 2009|General info|0 Comments

FAQs and flowcharts about – Configuration Manager (updated)

This post contains some references to the Config Mgr. FAQS, Flow charts etc on Technet. Having access to these information from a single webpage has saved me a lot of time and hopefully it can save you some time as well. I will keep adding information to this post. You are also more than welcome to provide links to other useful resources. Hardware and Performance Configuration Manager 2007: Sample Configurations and Common Performance Questions FAQ Features Software Distribution: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892803.aspx Discovery: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892805.aspx Branch Distribution Points: http://blogs.technet.com/wemd_ua_-_sms_writing_team/archive/2008/07/27/faqs-for-branch-distribution-points.aspx SQL Reporting Services: http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/05/14/faq-sql-reporting-services-integration-with-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-r2.aspx Flowchart and Super flows Software Updates: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb932171.aspx Software Updates Super flows: [...]

By | 2009-05-20T09:05:50+00:00 May 20th, 2009|General info|1 Comment

Config. Mgr Report – List all Maintenance windows

Configuration Manager ships with a built-in report showing maintenance windows for a single computer. I have just done a few modifications to that report (added a few columns and removed the prompt). SELECT     TOP (100) PERCENT sw.Name AS [MW Name], sw.Description, sw.StartTime, sw.Duration AS 'Duration Minutes', sw.IsEnabled AS 'MW Enabled',                       dbo.v_R_System.Name0, dbo.v_R_System.Operating_System_Name_and0 FROM         dbo.v_ServiceWindow AS sw INNER JOIN                       dbo.v_FullCollectionMembership AS fcm ON sw.CollectionID = fcm.CollectionID INNER JOIN                      dbo.v_R_System ON fcm.ResourceID = dbo.v_R_System.ResourceID WHERE     (dbo.v_R_System.Operating_System_Name_and0 LIKE '%server%') ORDER BY [MW Name], dbo.v_R_System.Name0

By | 2009-05-19T15:09:43+00:00 May 19th, 2009|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|3 Comments

The Serial number game

Just spend a frustrating (but interesting morning) at a customer site: Case: Config Mgr. installed on a Virtual Server, with a 3 month old backup. Config Mgr. DB installed on another server. Config Mgr. server was corrupted and a the very old backup was used. Symptoms: No changes made in the config mgr. console was successful. Nothing was written to the SiteCtrl.log file. SiteCtrl.log : SMS_SITE_CONTROL_MANAGER will ignore this record because it was already processed as part of an older delta site control file. Solution: Background and basic information about the serial numbers in Config Mgr If the serial number [...]

By | 2009-05-11T15:12:33+00:00 May 11th, 2009|General info|5 Comments

FAQs and flowcharts about – Configuration Manager

This post contains some references to the Config Mgr. FAQS, Flow charts etc on Technet. Having access to these information from a single webpage has saved me a lot of time and hopefully it can save you some time as well. I will keep adding information to this post. You are also more than welcome to provide links to other useful resources. Hardware and Performance Configuration Manager 2007: Sample Configurations and Common Performance Questions FAQ Features Software Distribution: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892803.aspx Discovery: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892805.aspx Branch Distribution Points: http://blogs.technet.com/wemd_ua_-_sms_writing_team/archive/2008/07/27/faqs-for-branch-distribution-points.aspx Flowchart and Super flows Software Updates: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb932171.aspx Software Updates Super flows: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d509a9f4-e397-4d0a-89bb-fa3d68b9e8be&DisplayLang=en Other useful links [...]

By | 2009-05-09T09:06:12+00:00 May 9th, 2009|General info|0 Comments

Member of the System Center Influencers Program

Today I received a confirmation mail from the System Center Influencers Program. The program is a new initiative from Microsoft launched at MMS 2009. I looks like the program will help “us” in convincing the world about all the great features in Config Mgr. and other System Center products. I really look forward to see what the program has to offer and love to play my part in it. Greetings from the System Center Influencers Program! You have been invited to participate in this program on Microsoft Connect. Program Overview This program gives influencers—user group leads, MVPs, popular bloggers, and [...]

By | 2009-05-06T03:39:09+00:00 May 6th, 2009|General info|0 Comments

MMS 2009 – Day 5

Last conference day at MMS is always a short day and this year was no exception. The last sessions I attended this year was: Troubleshooting OSD deployments with Johan Arwidmark. Once again Johan delivered a brilliant presentation as he ran through a operating system deployment while showing the various steps that goes on behind the scene. Configuration Manager 2007 Console Extensions with Greg Ramsey and Matthew Hudson who is also one of the developers behind some of the world famous “Config Mgr. Right Click Tools”. Developing extensions to console in Config Mgr. has changed a lot since SMS 2003. SMS [...]

By | 2009-05-02T03:34:01+00:00 May 2nd, 2009|Events|0 Comments

MMS 2009 – Day 4 Thursday

The conference started without a keynote so no new program announcements today. For that reason I thought I would start with some facts about the next Config Mgr. SP2. Config Mgr. SP2 Will be released 90 days after Windows 7 New Operating System Support Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Windows Vista SP2 New and improved features Out of band management Intel Active Management Technology Integration - Version 2 Wireless Management: Wireless Profile Management (mobile ONLY) End Point Access Control: 802.1x support Persistent Data Storage: Non Volatile Memory or Third Party Data Store (3PDS) Access Monitor: [...]

By | 2009-05-01T07:48:13+00:00 May 1st, 2009|Events|0 Comments