System Center Update Publisher 2011 Troubleshoot Series 3: Publish fail when SCUP 2011 is remote and WSUS is using UNC as Content Folder

We saw several reports that SCUP publishing fail under this configuration: SCUP 2011 is installed on a remote machine from WSUS and WSUS is installed to use an UNC path as Content Folder. There’re actually two problems when WSUS is using UNC path as Content Folder. 1. The UNC Content Folder needs to be 2…


Tips for troubleshooting SC 2012 Configuration Manager Data Replication Service (DRS)

In SC 2012 Configuration Manager, Site to Site communication will use SQL Service Broker feature to replicate data between site databases instead of file based replication in previous Configuration Manager versions. With SQL replication, the performance and reliability will be improved. However, it might be a little more difficult for users to trouble shoot replication…


System Center Update Publisher 2011 Troubleshoot Series 1: Updates cannot be synced to Configuration Manager

I’d like to start this series to share some trouble shoot cases study for System Center Update Publisher 2011. The first one is about the following scenarios: One of our partner has created a catalog. They used System Center Update Publisher 2011 to publish this catalog into ConfigrMgr 2007 as full content. All the process…


Step By Step on How to Use Software Metering

Software Metering is a feature in Configuration Manager that allows you to monitor and collect software usage data from Configuration Manager 2007 clients. Check the following technet document for more about Software Metering: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb694169.aspx. In this article we will show you how to use Software Metering Step by Step. Step 1. Create Metering Rules on…


SMS SDK Tips: When and How to use SMSContext

SMSContext is a SWbemNamedValueSet (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa393732(VS.85).aspx). SWbemNamedValueSet are used principally to send more information to providers when submitting certain calls to WMI. In most cases, you don’t need to set SMSContext when making WMI calls. But providing SMSContext will introduce benefit like the status messages will contain more information like from which application and on which…