PowerShell with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Shortens Long Administrative Efforts with Task Sequence Dependencies by Dujon Walsham

In large System Center Configuration Manager estates, you may encounter issues such as having to update various applications, as well as packages. For whatever reason, you will eventually need to look into these things. One long administrative task you may encounter is when you have applications/packages that are tied in various task sequence dependencies that…


System Center 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for OS Deployment, Part 3, by Dujon Walsham

If you’ve been following my series of blog posts, you know I’ve been walking through alternative ways to deploy an OS. (If you haven’t been following my series, here are links to the first two posts: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/03/11/os-deployment-system-center-configuration-manager-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-or-both-by-dujon-walsham.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/04/07/system-center-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-for-os-deployment-part-2-by-dujon-walsham.aspx.) This third part will now focus on showing the theoretical design. I’ll now put in place everything I explained…


System Center 2012 or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for OS Deployment, Part 2, by Dujon Walsham

NOTE: I’d like to thank Dujon Walsham for writing this series of blogs. Please let me know if they are useful, and submit your own! Thank you! Karen Forster   This is part 2 of my blog, “OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both,” http://blogs.msdn.com/b/customer_reviews_of_stb_products/archive/2013/03/11/os-deployment-system-center-configuration-manager-2012-or-microsoft-deployment-toolkit-or-both-by-dujon-walsham.aspx? Inthis part, I will…

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OS Deployment: System Center Configuration Manager 2012, or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, or Both? –by Dujon Walsham

I wanted to write this article in order to establish the differences with two Microsoft deployment technologies, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and provide scenarios of what they can do and cannot do and the benefits and drawbacks of each Organisations always don’t tend to have the same type…

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System Center 2012 SP1: Missing Performance Monitor Counters

After the upgrade to SP1 and installation of the SCOM agent on your Service Manager Data Warehouse and Management servers, you will note several Warning events in the Operations Manager event log.  These event IDs are logged as 10102.  The cause of these are missing performance monitor counters.  The description of these will begin with…


System Center 2012 SP1: Missing Server Version Registry Key

After completing the upgrade of SP1 in my System Center lab, I found that there were some issues in the event log that concerned me.  The first one I focused on was the inability for the agent to determine the agent version number for reporting back to System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). The event viewer displayed…


Upgrading System Center 2012 Components to Service Pack 1

Near the end of January I was performing an upgrade to my demo lab for System Center 2012 to SP1 so that I could perform a demo for a client wishing to see Service Manager SP1. Of course, another benefit is that it helps ensure the process works so I can better assist my customers…


Review of FTP Integration Pack for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta Orchestrator, by David Allen

System Center 2012 SP1 includes a lot of functionality beyond the traditional service pack updates. SP1 is what really lights up a lot of the private cloud functionality in Windows Server 2012. Reviewing all the features and capabilities in System Center 2012 would be a huge project, so you can find reviews of individual features…

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A Simple Truth about Cloud Security

I keep hearing that security is a fear factor for some organizations that are considering moving to the cloud. They worry that they’ll have to change their whole security approach in a highly virtualized environment. But I think those IT admins should see it as an opportunity, not a threat to their survival. Virtualization—and by…