Same Product, New Role.

Well it’s been a while and I’m finally back from testing SCRM and have just accepted/started in a new role as the SMS Performance and Manageability Program Manager. What does this mean, it means I now manage the product development of : The performance/scale and stress-ability of all aspects of the SMS product. The managability of the SMS…

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Wanted – Program Managers, Developers and Testers

With the incredible success of SMS as a product, as well as MS’s enterprise management strategy all-up, we (the SMS team) are growing in leaps and bounds!  We have openings across the board for program managers, developers, and testers to help support the current SMS product, as well as design and develop the next generations of…

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It’s been a while

Hi All, It’s been nearly 6 months since my last post. As some of you know i’ve been working on System Center Reporting Manager for the last 9 months or so. I even got to meet some of you and present at this years MMS 2005 conference on SCRM (“Implementing and Customizing System Center Reporting…

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SMS 2003 Solution Accelerators

Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Solution Accelerators deliver additional benefits for Windows Server System environments by delivering Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and IT Infrastructure Library–based best practices and prescriptive guidance for handling patch management and software update processes. The solution accelerators focus on assessing, identifying, planning, and deploying patches to the Microsoft platform using SMS…

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20 Questions for SMS 2003 Planning and Design.

Not sure if this is of interest to anyone (I’d love to get feedback), but whenever I get asked to design a scalable hierarchy for a customer I run through these 20 or so questions with the consultant/customer to help me design a SMS2003 architecture based on a customer’s needs/requirements. With this information I can…

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System Center Reporting Server 2005

Hi All,   It’s been awhile, as some of you have so clearly pointed out.   Since my last post ( Mid September, has it really been that long?!!), I’ve been heads down working on the design and testing of System Center Reporting Server 2005 (try saying that 5 times fast). Since one of the…

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SMS 2003 SP1 Ships

After much blood, sweat and beer it ships. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0ddfeb0a-86fd-4681-b65f-dfa67629932e&displaylang=en Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is primarily a rollup of a number of fixes for SMS 2003, but also introduces some changes to the supported configurations and broadens the configurations allowed. Configuration Changes §       To enhance security, the SMS Legacy Client…

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Proxy Management Points: Part 2

This is a follow up to the previous posting on the topic of Management Points. A number of you have asked some clarification questions which I’ll seek to answer here.   Firstly there were a number of questions around when a client initiates a particular request: Policy Assignment requests: These are executed as per the…

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Proxy Management Point: Benefits and Otherwise.

One of the most confusing concepts in SMS 2003 is the use and application of a Proxy MP (PMP). I’ll try to explain firstly what the PMP does and doesn’t do, and secondly address when you could consider implementing a PMP.   Firstly the key benefit of deploying a PMP (on a secondary site) is…

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It’s Official!

The SMS 2003 Capacity Planner Tool and Guide has gone live! Its available from the Microsoft Download center as well as via the following link from the SMS 2003 Deployment website. This has been many weeks and months in the making from both Muki and myself. A big thank you to the MCS/PSS personnel, the Myitforum…

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