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Pre-Staging a Distribution Point in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Apr 10, 2013 4:39:00 AM

I still have a Tandy laptop. It’s not a tablet. It’s not a notebook. It is a LAPtop as in you can sit it on your lap. It runs on four AA batteries, and if I want to upgrade the ram to a screaming 256K I have to find something that looks much like those hex bugs that kids play with. The point is that there was a time when we didn’t have multiple T3s connecting our whole network. Many businesses today still kick it retro style (op, op) with some of their branch locations and inflict these small offices with split Ts or lower. For those of us who look at our System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) solutions to deliver with optimum efficiency, we used to look at these branches and openly weep because we knew that even if we put distribution points in the branch, there was going to be some late night pushes so we wouldn’t bring the connection to its knees. There were some ways around it (Nomad from 1E is a fine product on any network then and today), but for the most part you were stuck. With the advent of SCCM 2012 there is a little known feature for just such a case and that is what we will be focusing on- Pre-Staging Content.

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Topics: IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Desktop Security, SCCM Distribution Point, System Center 2012, System Center, SCCM, Blog, Pre-Staging a Distribution Point in System Center, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Using System Center Orchestrator to Automate Security Tasks

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Aug 6, 2012 6:44:00 AM

With System Center Configuration Manager 2012, customers have the ability to use Endpoint Protection capabilities to provide anti-malware services and security to servers and clients. However, to reduce administrator touch points and mistakes, we can use the flexibility of System Center Orchestrator to augment and automate standard security processes. In this post, I will demonstrate how to create a runbook to automate the triggering of a full Endpoint Protection malwarescan in response to a malware detected alert within Configuration Manager.

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Topics: Application Publishing, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Configuration Manager, Desktop Security, Sysctr, Infrastructure Management, System Center 2012, SCORCH, workflow, SCCM, System Center Orchestrator, System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Anti-Malware, Blog, SCCM client

Tips from the Field - Deploying Virtualized Applications using System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Jun 13, 2012 10:25:00 AM

My name is Jamie Smith and I’m a Consultant for Certified Security Solutions Secure Infrastructure Management team. I would like to introduce you to the next segment of our ‘Windows 7 Accelerate with System Center’ marketing campaign: Deploying Virtualized Applications using System Center Configuration Manager 2007. If your organization is still running Windows XP then it’s time to take a long hard look at the calendar and look up April 8, 2014, or better yet, have a look here for the countdown. You have less than 22 months to man the Windows 7 lifeboats and evacuate the decommissioning Windows XP. Seeing as where a typical organization takes around 18 months to do a proper migration, that means there is still some time to step away from the panic button and look things over from stem to stern. One of the ways to can help yourself is by taking some of those applications that you really don’t want to install again and virtualize them.

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Topics: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Windows 7, Microsoft System Center, Configuration Manager, Win7, Microsoft App-V, Virtualized Applications using System Center Confi, SCCM 2007, App-V sequencer, XP End of Life, Blog, SCCM client, Application Virtualization, App-V, Windows XP, Microsoft Application Virtualization

SCCM 2012 – Migration Made Easy – Part 3

Posted by CSS Technical Team on May 16, 2012 8:13:00 AM

In Part 1 we discussed the requirements overview on preparing for a migration and in Part 2 we covered the types of objects that are available for migration and the exclusions. In this final write up in the series we will go through the process using the migration utility that has been hyped up by Microsoft within Configuration Manager 2012.

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Topics: Microsoft System Center 2012, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Win7, Desktop Security, System Center, sccm microsoft, SCCM 2007, XP End of Life, migrate SCCM 2012, ConfigMgr 2012, Blog, SCCM client, Configuration Manager 2012

How to Perform a Manual System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Client Installation

Posted by CSS Technical Team on May 16, 2012 8:02:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from my book Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Cookbook, http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-system-center-2012-endpoint-protection-cookbook/book

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Topics: FEP, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, Win7, Desktop Security, SCEP, XP End of Life, System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection, Anti-Malware, Blog, System Center Endpoint Protection

Integrating APP-V and SCCM 2007

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Apr 12, 2012 5:00:00 AM

Some things were just meant to be…

It’s been a long road getting to here I’m sure. You’ve got a perfectly tuned SCCM 2007 infrastructure, you’ve upgraded to R2, and that installation of service pack 2 is now nothing but a quaint memory. Now you’ve decided to take things to the next level by virtualizing some of your applications. The App-V installation that was on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack was a breeze, and then your greatest dreams are realized! App-V integrates with SCCM! Now you can push virtualized applications and stream them from your distribution points! Offline availability? Not a problem here friends. Life is good.

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Topics: Virtualization, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Sysctr, Microsoft SCCM, App-V SCCM, System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM, App-V and System Center, Blog, Application Virtualization, App-V

Tips from the Field - Preparing for User File and Settings Migration using System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Apr 10, 2012 9:20:34 AM

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Topics: USMT XML Builder, User File Settings SCCM 2007, 4/8/14, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Win7, System Center 2012, System Center, SCCM 2007, XP End of Life, System Center Configuration Manager, Windows7, USMT Builder, Blog, Windows XP

Tips from the Field - Accelerating Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration using System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Mar 7, 2012 10:29:45 AM

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Topics: USMT XML Builder, User File Settings SCCM 2007, 4/8/14, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Win7, Desktop Security, System Center 2012, System Center, SCCM 2007, XP End of Life, System Center Configuration Manager, Windows7, USMT Builder, Blog, Windows XP

SCCM 2012: Software Update Improvements

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Aug 31, 2011 6:40:00 AM

We are all familiar with how Configuration Manager 2007 handled software updates and, without speaking for everyone who was using SMS 2003, we can probably agree that 2007 made multiple strides forward in making the update process easier. We can all celebrate again as Configuration Manager 2012 is set to deliver another step forward in making the management for software updates easier and more efficient.

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Topics: IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, SCCM 2012, Infrastructure Management, Microsoft SCCM, SCCM, Systems Management, ConfigMgr 2012, Software Update Groups, Blog, Configuration Manager 2012

How to View the FEP Collection Membership Queries

Posted by CSS Technical Team on May 11, 2011 12:51:54 PM

The FEP dashboard located on the SCCM console has a wealth of information. It provides FEP admins with a snapshot of the overall health of your FEP deployment and various statistics including recent malware activity, definition status, and even when FEP has been disabled on an endpoint.

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Topics: Microsoft Malware Protection Center, IT Security, Symantec, Microsoft Security Partner, Microsoft System Center, Microsoft SCCM, McAfee, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection, Anti-Malware, Microsoft FEP, Blog, Antimalware Protection, Microsoft Antimalware

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