Understanding SMS client Side Software Installation Security

I published a brief article in Technet magazine to try and explain the often misunderstood concepts of client side software installation security.  Attached is a draft copy of what was published in technet magazine. The Technet article can be viewed at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/07/HowITWorks/default.aspx -Steve Understanding SMS Client Side Software Installation Security.doc


ITMU and patchinstall

The question has come up several times about whether it is possible to run the ITMU version of patchinstall from a command line.   In short, the answer is no. When you execute the ITMU version of patchinstall from command line, using the same parameters as you use to successfully execute the package from within SMS,…


MOM 2005 SP1 now officially supports SQL 2005

Many have been asking and it is now official – we support MOM 2005 SP1 running on SQL 2005.  For details take a look at knowledge base article 917615   -Steve


Desired Configuration Manager for SMS 2003

I’ve been working a great deal of late with the Desired Configuration Manager manaement pack for SMS 2003 – very useful tool for ensuring systems in the enterprise adhere to key configuration requirements – very flexible and configurable.  Current release allows full access to check settings in WMI, the file system, the regustry, the IIS…


Working with SNMP and MOM

Questions seem to be coming up more and more about using SNMP with MOM 2005.  I thought I’d take a few minutes here to go over how MOM and SNMP interact. Sending SNMP Traps———————– SNMP traps are generated in MOM 2005 as a response action on various rules.  When the rule fires, MOM 2005 will write the trap information…


Link to document

Entry to provide a link to my MOM 2005 solution accerators document that was published recently in technet magazine. This is the draft version of that article. solutionacceleratorsarticle.doc


SMS and package hashing

One of the top features of SMS 2003 is the ability to distribute software throughout the enterprise.  In many cases this process involves multiple SMS site servers and distribution points, each with a copy of the software being distributed.  This process of moving software through the environment opens the possibility that the software could be…


MOM Operator console sluggish

Have you ever had problems with the MOM Operator console running slowly?  This came up just recently so thought I would take some time to list out some common issues. –  For a single MOM management group the support limit for number of MOM operator consoles is 15. In some environments it may be common…


SQL 2005 and SMS/MOM

A lot of folks are asking about support for SQL 2005 with SMS 2003 and MOM 2005.  Neither of the current releases support SQL 2005.  This is planned for SP2 for SMS 2003 and discussions are continuing for MOM 2005.  I’m running the database for the current releases of both products on SQL 2005 and…


MOM 2005 providers

MOM 2005 providers are used to define where data being monitored by MOM is coming from/located.  Looking at the list of default providers you will notice two things – there are a number of them and each time a management pack is imported this list is subject to growth. There are a number of different…