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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

The Outer Rings of the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Inferno

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Oct 23, 2012 5:01:00 AM

Since time draws ever closer to the season of the witch, allow me to start out with an excerpt from a timeless techie classic, the poem titled, “The Ramen.” I know not from whom it came but kudos to them:

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Topics: IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, SCCM 2012, Configuration Manager, Desktop Security, Microsoft SCCM, ConfigMgr, SCCM 2007, SCCM, System Administrator, The Ramen, Blog, Role Based Security, 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

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

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 – Migration Made Easy – Part 2

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Jan 17, 2012 4:00:00 AM

In Part 1 of this blog series I presented an overview of the requirements for preparing a migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012. With that information in hand I believe that you should have a general understanding of the pre-requisites necessary to begin your migration process.

Migration Objects

We’re going to cover the types of objects that can be migrated and how they are translated to Configuration Manager 2012. Bulleted below are all of the objects that can be migrated from ConfigMgr 2007 to ConfigMgr 2012.

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Topics: Microsoft System Center 2012, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, System Center migration, SCCM 2012, Desktop Security, System Center 2012 migration, Infrastructure Management, System Center 2012, sccm microsoft, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft AD, Systems Management, ConfigMgr 2012, Blog, SCCM client, Configuration Manager 2012

SCCM 2012 - Migration Made Easy - Part 1

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Nov 3, 2011 5:00:00 AM

As we all wait in anticipation for Configuration Manger 2012, there are a number of concerns that present themselves from an administrator’s perspective. One of those primary concerns, and the topic of this post, is the lack of upgrade path from SCCM 2007. At first glance it seems like a show stopper as companies may balk at a whole new infrastructure while already having one already in place for SCCM 2007. However, as Microsoft has made giant strides forward in terms of Systems Management and Hierarchy Simplification with ConfigMgr 2012, they have also reduced the pains of migration immensely. With the release of ConfigMgr 2012 RC some of you may be gearing up for testing, with that in mind the first part of this three part blog will highlight the requirements for preparing a migration along with any caveats and information pertaining to the migration process.

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Topics: IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, SCCM 2012, Desktop Security, Infrastructure Management, Microsoft SCCM, sccm microsoft, Microsoft Active Directory, SCCM, migrate SCCM 2012, Systems Management, ConfigMgr 2012, Blog, SCCM client, migration to SCCM 2012

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

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