NAP and SCCM 2007 – how it works

It’s time to dig into the details of NAP/SCCM 2007 processing.  We will start the discussion with a few assumptions:1. The basic NAP infrastructure is configured and working.2. The Software Updates Management (SUM) infrastructure in SCCM 2007 is working and properly configured.3. All of the required pieces of SCCM 2007 NAP are enabled and installed4. A single NAP…


NAP and SCCM2007 interaction

My previous post provided information and links to help gain a general understanding of how NAP works and the components involved.  Let’s turn to the specifics of NAP working with SCCM2007. Before beginning to work with NAP and SCCM 2007 it is a good idea to (1) confirm that the NAP infrastructure works without SCCM2007…


Network Access Protection in SCCM 2007

Network Access Protection (NAP) is a cool new feature of the next Windows Server release.  In short, NAP is a mechanism that allows administrators to configure policy that will control network accuss until client computers meet certain security requirements.  NAP policy is configured based on what System Health Validators (SHV’s) are available to NAP.  The standard…


SCCM 2007 – peer DP functionality – on demand provisioning

The last two entries provided an overview of the peer DP role in SCCM 2007 and also discussed admin provisioning of a peer DP.  For this entry we will discuss ‘on demand’ peer DP provisioning.  It should be noted again that SCCM 2007 is still a beta product so these details remain subject to change….


SCCM 2007 – Peer DP functionality – admin provisioning

The last entry began the discussion of peer DP’s with an overview description of this new feature.  I thought for this entry we would spend a few lines discussing how a peer DP actually gets provisioned with content. As mentioned in the last entry, it is possible for an administrator to proactively configure a peer…


SCCM2007 – Peer DP functionality

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time of late working with SCCM2007 – which is currently available for download and evaluation.  As with any beta software, SCCM2007 is still subject to change – for prerequisites and download instructions see There are several new features in SCCM2007 and we will spend some time talking about them over the next…


Grooming in MOM 2005

The ‘under the covers’ mechanics of grooming has changed substantially in MOM 2005 compared to previous releases.  I thought we could spend a few lines in this entry discussing those differences. The grooming options in MOM 2005 GUI look very similar to those presented in MOM 2000 – but thats where the similarities stop.  In…


SMS heartbeat discovery and delete aged discovery task

From time to time we get calls from admins who have updated the frequency at which the ‘delete aged discovery’ task runs and then find valid computers start to disappear from collections.  I thought I’d spend a few minutes discussing how adjusting the ‘delete aged discovery’ settings can impact what information is retained in the database. Consider an…


State based alerts in MOM 2005

Alerts in MOM are generally used to inform administrators of a potential problem condition.  By the time the administrator reviews the alert, the problem condition that caused the alert may already be resolved.  State based alerts are special types of alerts that were introduced, in part, to allow an administrator to tell at a glance…


Understanding and troubleshooting the MOM DTS package

We see a fair number of issues relating to failure of the MOM DTS package to execute.  There can be many reasons for this but when the DTS package fails the whole MOM system may have problems as a result.    If the MOM DTS package is not running correctly the MOM grooming jobs will…