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FIM: When products don’t play nice together...

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Jan 24, 2013 10:17:31 AM

As a consultant, one of the primary responsibilities is to deal with strange problems or issues that arise. And inevitably some obscure issue will come to the surface during a demo… Since I specialize in Microsoft’s Forefront Identity Manager combined with a previous life as a Windows Server Engineer, I run a fairly comprehensive virtual development and demo lab with about every mainstream Microsoft Server product deployed across an average of 80 virtual servers. Given the right set of circumstances you’ll find products that just don’t play nice together.

After my failed SSPR password reset demo, I went through the standard troubleshooting check list including configuration verification. The first thing I found awry was permissions missing for the FIM Service account on WMI's Root/CIMV2 namespace. Since this was a functioning SSPR environment, I know they had been set previously. In addition, the Root/MicrosoftIdentityIntegrationServer namespace was missing from the tree too. My schedule allowed enough time to repair the issue but not fully perform a Root Cause Analysis to the situation.

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Topics: WMI, PWUnrecoverableError, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, Infrastructure Management, FIM, Microsoft SCCM, Identity Management, SSPR, System Center Configuration Manager, Information Technologoy, SCCM, Blog

How to Perform a Manual 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: Role Administration…At Last

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Jun 28, 2011 8:52:00 AM

The release of Configuration Manager 2012 will provide a significant increase in productivity and efficiency in the world of systems management. As many of us in the Systems Management realm have often dreaded configuring limited security roles for administrative users within SCCM 2007, it is about time that Role Based Security has become part of the SCCM security model. In Configuration Manager 2012, Role Based Administration makes the assigning of specific security to administrative users much more effective.

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Topics: IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, SCCM 2012, Microsoft SCCM, Role Based Administration, System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM, Blog, Configuration Manager 2012

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