Grouping Windows Computer Objects and Health Service Watcher Objects – updated

In my original post I gave the XML required to associate windows computer objects and health service watcher objects – but I didn’t walk through exactly how to set this all up.  I’ve updated the post with a walkthrough of how to put all the pieces together – hopefully a bit more useful!


MDT and SCCM 2007 – better together

Now that R2 for SCCM has shipped that includes multicast support, unknown computer support and run as support in OSD one might ask the question – why do I need MDT?  There is a great deal to MDT, including the ability to operate standalone and in conjunction with SMS 2003.  For SCCM specifically there are…


OpsMgr 2007 Command Line Notifications and Alert ID

Was working on setting up some command line notifications this week and ran into an issue I didn’t find documented anywhere so thought I’d post it here. When using command line notifications it is often of interest to pass command line variables to the program being called.  One such variable is to specify the web…


Setting up Multicasting in SCCM

Multicasting is a new feature of R2 in SCCM and is a welcome addition to the OSD feature.  Multicast allows for image deployment with a much reduced network load.  If, for example, you are deploying a 500 MB image to 20 workstations that have just arrived from the OEM then with normal OSD imaging you…


Grouping Windows Computer Objects and Associated Health Service Watcher Object

The question has come up several times – how do you create a group that contains windows computer objects and their associated health service watcher object?  First, why would you even want to?  A key reason is because of the way OpsMgr admins commonly build out their notifications structure.  Different groups of windows servers are…


Gateways and agents in untrusted domains/workgroups

If you have agents in an untrusted domain/forest or workgroup you will have to install certificates in the environment and either manag the agents through a gateway (minimal number of certs) or by installing certs on the agents directly (many more certs).  There are many places where the process of setting this up is documented…


Granular Targeting in OpsMgr 2007

Understanding the various targeting options and when to use each is something every OpsMgr admin will face at some point.  To help explain options I wrote an article how targeting works and when to use each option.  The article appears in the November issue of Technet magazine and you can find the article online now…


Unique 31569 Event Deploying Reports

Just ran across a unique error when attempting to deploy reports from the RMS to the reporting server.  The event is a familiar one – 31569 – but the error is one that I haven’t run across before Event Type:     Error Event Source:   Health Service Modules Event Category: Data Warehouse Event ID:       31569 Date:           9/30/2008…


Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2- how it works

My previous blog entry discussed how to configure unknown computer support in SCCM 2007 R2 – but how exactly does it work?  I was curious so dug in a bit.  Let’s start by reviewing the logs from an ‘unknown’ system that has booted from a CD configured for ‘unknown’ computer support and walk through the…


Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2 – overview

One of the new features in SCCM 2007 R2 is support for OSD deployments to ‘Unknown’ Computers – computers that do not exist in the SCCM database.  This is a feature that did exist in previous releases of OSD (SMS 2003) but was removed for security and safety reasons.  There are specific environments where having…