Test remote SQL connectivity EASILY!

I learned about something very useful today and thought I’d share. Have you ever been troubleshooting a problem with remote SQL Iproxy MP, remote DB, etc) and wanted to test to see if the local system account (or any account for that matter) could make a remote connection to SQL but you didn’t want to…


Focusing on the printer! Printer Monitoring MP Supplement

The released version of the printer monitoring MP is available in the MP catalog and is an effective monitoring tool if you want to know about 1.  Printer performance 2.  Print server health 3.  Problems with ANY (key point here) of the printers attached to a Windows 2000, Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 print server. …


The case of the MIF and WMI repository

If you have spent much time around SCCM engineers – at least those of us from Microsoft – you will have heard us decry customers deleting the WMI repository to fix issues with WMI.  True that often deleting the repository seems to fix an issue but can often cause others.  In the early days SMS…


Introducing SCCM 2007 R3

SCCM 2007 R3 (R3) has released!  R3 is not a service pack – it is an addon that brings additional functionality.  R3 includes all of the features of R2 and requires that SCCM 2007 SP2 be installed because the SP2 version of the SCCM client has the needed functionality for R3.  In addition, there is…


Problems Creating USB Media with Windows 7

I’ve seen a number of folks running into issues creating USB media when the SCCM admin console is running on a Windows 7 system.  Windows 2008 R2 should have the same issue but on at least one system I’ve tested I didn’t see it – and it was configured with a hidden system partition –…


Intel vPro does Powershell

For those of you Powershellers out there – and I’m one too – this is good news from Intel.  This new module allows adminstrators to manage vPro clients programatically with ease! http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-5403


OS Imaging via Web Page

OSD is a powerful imaging tool but setting up systems to be imaged may require a user have access to the SCCM console.  This often means that the SCCM staff gets assigned the task of imaging.  Wouldn’t it be cool if the OSD users could setup imaging themselves without having to use the SCCM console? …


Updating custom alert fields using subscriptions and powershell

Alerts in OpsMgr have lots of good information on them already – but wouldn’t it be cool if you could add your own custom information to the custom alert fields of the alert?  There are lots of reasons why this might be useful – you might just want to add extra information to an alert…


Place a Group in Maintenance Mode with Powershell

Steve? Why are you writing a post on how to place a group in maintenance mode using powershell?  There are already LOTS of solutions out there to put a group in maintenance mode – why spend time on another?  Good question.  The reason?  Efficiency. I recently was working on a project where we were placing…


Direct Access – SCCM – Managing internet clients

Do you have internet based clients that you want to manage?  Does the idea of switching to SCCM native mode to manage those client make you nervous?  Do you have Windows 2008 R2 servers in your environment and are the internet systems you want to manage running Windows 7 (Enterprise or Ultimate) or Windows Server…