New version of Johan Arwidmark’s “Pretty Good Frontend” has been released

Johan has just released a new version of his Pretty Good Frontend which is a suburb frontend for your MDT and Configuration Manager image deployment solutions. The frontend is a free download and comes with a complete setup guide. Download the tool and Download the setup guide To Johan; keep up the great work. There is nothing like really cool utilities directly from the “masters”.

By | 2010-03-29T20:28:38+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Tools|1 Comment

.NET Links and Books (2956B/2957B)

Exam: 70-536: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-536&Locale=en-us Second shot (valid until June 30, 2010): http://www.prometric.com/Microsoft/SS_MCP_form.htm?s=ssm MOC 2956B: Delegates and Events in C# / .NET http://www.akadia.com/services/dotnet_delegates_and_events.html DotNetZip - Zip Class Library http://dotnetzip.codeplex.com/ Prefix-casting versus as-casting in C#: http://gen5.info/q/2008/06/13/prefix-casting-versus-as-casting-in-c/ MOC 2957B: Hatchbrush shapes: http://www.java2s.com/Tutorial/CSharp/0480__2D/HatchBrushStyle.htm Manual Double buffering: http://www.bobpowell.net/doublebuffer.htm String Format 101: http://blogs.msdn.com/kathykam/archive/2006/03/29/564426.aspx Regex Lib: http://www.regexlib.com RegexBuddy: http://www.regexbuddy.com/ Service Custom Commands http://arcanecode.com/2007/05/30/windows-services-in-c-sending-commands-to-your-windows-service-part-7/ IPC Channel communication http://www.codeguru.com/csharp/csharp/cs_syntax/remoting/article.php/c9251 Automation Compatible Types: (not complete) http://dragona79.springnote.com/pages/97595 Other: From WinForm to WPF: A Quick Reference guide http://www.simple-talk.com/dotnet/.net-framework/from-winform-to-wpf-a-quick-reference-guide/ ReSharper http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/buy/index.jsp

By | 2010-03-29T10:19:11+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Scripting & Development|6 Comments

SQL Reporting Services and antivirus settings

Just installed and configured SQL Reporting Services 2008 with ConfigMgr. 2007 R2 SP2 this morning. Everything went smoothly except for one minor detail; I got an error in my mail subscription: Failure sending mail: The message could not be sent to the SMTP server. The transport error code was 0x800ccc15. The server response was not available After a little investigation it turned out that the McAfee firewall was causing the problem. From the local firewall log file we could see these entries: 3/22/2010 9:57:12 AM Blocked by port blocking rule C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS10.MSSQLSERVER\Reporting Services\ReportServer\bin\ReportingServicesService.exe Anti-virus Standard Protection:Prevent mass mailing [...]

VBScript: Move computer object to another OU via Command line parameter

UPDATE: New improved script 0.0.3 uploaded. Thanks to Nico_ at Technet Forums! Hello everyone My collegue Michael Petersen, needed a script to move computers to another OU, after re-installing them via SCCM/ConfigMgr. He have written a blog post to show how to use it in a Task Sequence: http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/mip/using-ts-variables-when-running-a-script-under-a-different-account/ therefore i developed this small script All you needs to do is to run it with the CN for the new OU (without the LDAP://) in the commandline like this: cscript.exe MoveOU.vbs "OU=HQ,dc=woodgrovebank,dc=com" [crayon-5a12c0f030d30292895695/]

By | 2010-03-17T16:30:33+00:00 March 17th, 2010|Scripting & Development|67 Comments

Automate your group creation with Powershell

One of our very good customers are managing servers with an dedicated internal administrator as a primary contact for each server. They are managing this one to one relation with an Excel sheet. A while ago we talked about automating this group creation with powershell, so the last time Jacob and I was discussing Powershell in Operations Manager we found a solution - Jacob who is the best Danish Powershell Guru of cause did a superoptimization of my first script and now its up to you to test it on your own. Please change the first lines of the script to [...]

Shavlik now integrates with ConfigMgr. Software Updates

Most of you already have knowledge about the power of SCUP used together with ConfigMgr. System Center Custom Updates (SCUP) gives you the possibilities to include 3rd. party updates in your normal Configuration Manager software update deployments. One of the downsizes to SCUP is that it requires high level of knowledge about each update you want to distribute. Shavlik now offers ConfigMgr. Customers to subscribe to a very rich catalog of 3rd. party updates. Read more about the solution http://www.shavlik.com/scupdates.aspx and to see full list of updates supported - http://forum.shavlik.com/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=15901

By | 2010-03-06T11:09:13+00:00 March 6th, 2010|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|3 Comments