Andrzej's "IT Thoughts" Weblog

Loose thoughts about IT management&operations

Moving the Blog to Wordpress

I am moving my blog to http://alipka.wordpress.com. The reason is ... you may be surprised: I am...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 09/14/2008

SCCM SP1 slipstream setup on SMS 2003 SP2/SP3 site fails to remove SMS_SQL_MONITOR service

As the topic of the post suggests, there is a small bug in the SCCM SP1 slipstream setup. This...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 07/22/2008

New (6.0.6278.12) E2k7 OpMGR MP discovery and rule bugs

The just released E2k7 MP has two important bugs in it. I communicated this to the product group,...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 07/16/2008

Writing English documents the "proper" way

While working on internal Hyper-V documentation I wrote over 200 pages of content (mostly...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 07/02/2008

Off-topic things and some Hyper-V goodies (resources, backup and AzMan scope scripts)

Lately it's been very quiet on my blog. There are a couple of things to that. First and foremost...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 07/02/2008

OpsMgr 2007 "Registered Servers" in Operations Console

There is a tab when you select Tools->Connect from Ops Console that is called "Registered...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/14/2008

What makes an ideal OpsMgr administrator/specialist/consultant?

Walter posted an interesting entry on his blog about OpgMgr 2007 qualifications and requirements:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/18/2008

System Center Visio Connector available for download

My friend Tomek (http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/tomek/default.aspx) pointed me to the new tool for...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/06/2008

OpsMgr 2007 - noisy Cluster MP (6.0.6277.0) [update]

[update!]: issue is now corrected in 6.0.6277.1 MP, thanks to Marius for quick reaction on this:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/17/2008

OpsMgr: Modified Brian's Scheduled Maintenance Mode MP

Together with my colleague Marek Kuzminski, we have slightly modified Brian's scheduled maintenance...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/10/2008

OpsMgr 2007 Powershell one-liner to get information on failed agent installations

Ever tried mass-installing a lot of agents from console? If yes, then you probably miss some...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/04/2008

Ops Mgr 2007 custom MP for monitoring event log size [updated!]

[UPDATE]: I have update the MP in recovery part. It was not possible to override the recovery...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/03/2008

SCCM UI extension for forcing client-side actions from console

I am posting a set of console extensions that will add right click functionality similar to that in...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/28/2008

Issue with OpsMgr SP1 RC/RTM running AD MP on DCs with non EN-US locale [update]

[update]: An MP update is now available which corrects this issue...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/06/2008

Modifying default Ops Mgr 2007 ports

So you are migrating from MOM 2005 to 2007 and do not want to go through the hassle of changing your...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/01/2008

SCCM 2007 - couple of deployment tips

When you get to deploying SCCM, there is a couple of issues you may see. Below I summarize some of...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/12/2008

SCCM Licensing simple FAQ

I am definitely not a "sales" type of guy ;) and usually know nothing about licensing, but people do...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/07/2008

[off topic] Biking, Christmas, Motivation...

My friend Jaro (our Xbox Bike Team Director ;)) started the new website for our XBOX bike team:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/23/2007

OpsMgr 2007 - Putting computers in maintenance mode remotely

So you have a simple case where a server operator needs to perform some maintenance and he does not...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/20/2007

Wake on Lan in SCCM2007 [updated]

Wake on LAN is a new feature of SCCM that was not present in SMS. You can use it to wake offline...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/16/2007

OpsMgr 2007 Authoring Resources [updated]

Here is a couple of resources useful for MP authoring in OpsMgr2007. Its a completely different...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/11/2007

Configuration Manager 2007 DCM Configuration Packs list

DCM (Desired Configuration Manager) lets you compare you IT infrastructure configuration with...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/16/2007

SCCM 64 bit considerations [updated]

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 does not ship with any server roles based on x64. So what...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/13/2007

OpsMgr 2007 SP1 RC Console crashes on x64 [updated]

When you try to open the Distributed Application Designer from a console installed on an x64 server...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/08/2007

Team Foundation Server goodies [updated]

Here's a couple of interesting links around TFS that are really worth sharing: Sizing Guide for TFS...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/31/2007

Microsoft Deployment (formerly known as BDD) goes RTM [updated]

Business Desktop Deployment Solution accelerator is now called officially MD (Microsoft Deployment)....

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/27/2007

System Center Certifications

I watched (well with one eye to tell you the truth, working with the other;)) the webcast on new SC...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/25/2007

SMS 2003 with SP3 my subjective "top 5 deployment issues" [updated!]

Doing recently a pretty distributed (over 100 sites) SMS deployment I stumbled upon several issues....

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 06/22/2007

Automating SMS 2003 Secondary Site installations

I've been a bit quiet lately on my blog. I regret it, but I hope to come back with some good content...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/21/2007

How to use custom actions in Visual Studio setup project (MSI) from command line

I'm lately back to development project work. A useful thing I found out during deployment project...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/20/2007

Quick impressions from MMS '07

This years' MMS is quite interesting with many new products in System Center family and other...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/29/2007

TFS/MSBuild caveats

Once again I am a bit off track from MOM. I've been digging more into Team Foundation Server lately....

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/19/2007

MOM 2005 - removing old agents from Database

If you have some agents that you definitely removed from your management group by MOM admin console,...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/23/2007

Recording browser session in Ops Manager 2007 RC2

After you install Ops Manager 2007 RC2 you might experience an issue with recording a browser...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/23/2007

Ops Manager 2007 RC2 - modifying the default port number for agent communication

When deploying OM 2007 you might want to use the same port as the good, old MOM 2005 (1270) instead...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/10/2007

Ops Mgr 2007 RC2 Web Console install from Command Line

This is undocumented in the RC2 documentation pack, but might come in useful. Especially if you hit...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/05/2007

Ops Manager 2007 RC2 Exchange 2003 MP mailflow issue

When you set up mailflow receiver and sender on one, same server you might notice following issue:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/03/2007

Ops Manager 2007 RC2 first impressions

I am preparing a pilot deployment of OM 2007 RC2. There are a couple of first impressions I wanted...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/22/2006

Extending SMS Hardware Inventory

Doing a demo, I came upon a task to extend the built-in hardware inventory of SMS 2003. I was using...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/14/2006

SQL MP 09.0.2047.0000 Reports fail

You may have noticed that when you import the latest SQL MP (09.0.2047.0000) Reports .XML file from...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/07/2006

Support for MOM 2005 databases on different OS and SQL architectures

Looks like I’m back to Operations Manager (at least for some time;)) Here is a post that will...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/23/2006

Using Visual Studio Team System for Testers for automating web application tests

I was recently using VSTS for testers edition which has some nice feature for testing web...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/08/2006

“Fuzzy logic” search in SQL Server

I was looking hard for a good, robust, yet possibly simple and fast to implement method of “fuzzy”...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 09/05/2006

Technet Magazine – September issue, MRAS re-release info

I am sorry to disappoint my readers (if any, after such a long period of inactivity;)) with my low...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 08/23/2006

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