Part 2: Custom Monitoring for ConfigMgr – Monitoring Client Scan failures

In this post, I am sharing how we implemented a solution to monitor and alert for Scan failures using custom SQL job which will monitor Software Update Point (SUP) Scan failures and report an event which is alerted through OpsMgr. Though we have ConfigMgr Management pack which monitor & alerts for critical SUP site server…

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How Microsoft IT is using Configuration Manager R3 for Power Management?

We have technical case study released titled “Manage, Monitor, and Report: Implementing a Power Management Strategy with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3” and here is overview of this technical case study. Situation: Microsoft is committed to an ambitious goal of cutting its enterprise carbon emissions by 30% over a five-year period. To help contribute…

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Part 1: Custom Monitoring for ConfigMgr – Monitoring ConfigMgr boundaries

At Microsoft IT, we have implemented lot of custom monitoring for ConfigMgr service and I am starting this new series to share some of the custom monitoring implemented in production which helps in identifying problems proactively. However our primary means for monitoring ConfigMgr servers is through ConfigMgr Management pack which was discussed in one of…

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ConfigMgr Client Agent Settings in Microsoft

In my previous post on ConfigMgr Site Role Hardware used in Microsoft IT, I received a comment for sharing Client Agent settings used at Microsoft IT which can help in understanding the need of required hardware for different site roles. Thanks to Saud Al-Mishari for pointing out this. However below client agent settings may not…

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SMS / ConfigMgr Release Milestones

With recent release of ConfigMgr R3, I thought to update one of my old blog on SMS birthdates and idea came up present all release dates in new format. Please click on the below image to enlarge it. Note: I am missing SMS 2.0 SP1, SP3, & SP4 release dates in above timelines and will…

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ConfigMgr Site Role Hardware used in Microsoft IT

I have received queries regarding hardware specification used in Microsoft IT for Configuration Manager site roles, so this post is to share hardware specification used in Microsoft IT for different site roles including both physical and virtual platform. This hardware specification would not be applicable for all ConfigMgr hierarchies due to different business requirement and…

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ConfigMgr Service Ops and Engineering Positions

We have currently following positions opened in our group and thought to share through my blog with folks looking for their next career move. Please apply through online link available below for each positions. About our Group: The Management Platforms and Service Delivery (MPSD) team is responsible for driving pre-release deployments of MSD software into…

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Part 4: SQL queries for creating Configuration Manager Client Health and Problem Management Dashboard

In my previous posts for Configuration Manager Dashboard I talked about what to expect in next update for this series and here are awaiting SQL queries for “Configuration Manager Client Health & Problem Management Dashboard”. I want to acknowledge my colleague Benjamin Reynolds who helped in fine tuning these below queries. Configuration Manager Client Health…

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Virtualization Cuts Capital and Operating Expenses by 75 Percent at Microsoft for Configuration Manager 2007

Microsoft IT manages almost 230 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site servers for managing the worldwide Microsoft desktop environment. Most of these instances reside on dedicated physical hardware and are typically underutilized. Microsoft IT System Center Configuration Manager 2007 administrator identified an opportunity to enhance service delivery and reduce expenses by using Windows Server 2008…

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Part 1: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 beta deployment in Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT Configuration Manager team has recently deployed Configuration Manager 2007 R3 beta in production as part of R3 dogfooding. And below are the detailed steps we documented for deploying Configuration Manager 2007 R3 beta. Special Thanks to Partha Chandran for the detailed operations documentation for R3 beta deployment. This document highlights R3 beta upgrade…

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