Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

Premier Field Engineer/Microsoft Dedicated Support Engineering

Unix and Linux support in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

ConfigMgr 2012 isn’t just for Windows management anymore. ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 brought with it some...

Author: steverac Date: 06/26/2013

MMS 2013 – Orchestrator and ConfigMgr – Better Together

During my ConfigMgr 2012/Orchestrator 2012 session at MMS I promised to post the demo runbooks I...

Author: steverac Date: 04/15/2013

Configuring multiple Software Update Points in a ConfigMgr 2012 Primary Site – What to expect

I worked through the process of configuring a second Software Update Point (SUP) on my lab Primary...

Author: steverac Date: 02/06/2013

Speaking at MMS 2013 – see you there!

I will be presenting two sessions Boundary spaghetti!  Lining it all up! ConfigMgr 2012 and...

Author: steverac Date: 02/04/2013

ConfigMgr 2012: OSD Machine Variables not available to task sequence – Post Mortem review

Note:  This blog post discusses details of the database for the purposes of understanding and...

Author: steverac Date: 02/04/2013

Fix available for Root Certificate Update issue on Windows Server

The Windows Server team has posted a blog discussing how to resolve this issue if you encounter it....

Author: steverac Date: 01/13/2013

Modifying a Report to Merge Software Update Deployments with Updates Delivered Through Standard Software Distribution.

A common question I continue to hear is how to create a report that will give the results of all...

Author: steverac Date: 01/12/2013

ConfigMgr 2012–Application Model–Internals– Part II - Client Side Deployment

In part I of this blog series we discussed the server side internals when building and configuring a...

Author: steverac Date: 11/18/2012

ConfigMgr 2012–Application Model–Internals–Part I

By now it is widely known that one of the major shifts in ConfigMgr 2012 is the new application...

Author: steverac Date: 07/08/2012

Interesting changes to client push in CM12

Ran across a blog from one of my colleagues – details some interesting changes in client push...

Author: steverac Date: 07/04/2012

Presenting at MMS 2012

It's been too long that I've been absent from the blogosphere. Been heads down focusing on ConfigMgr...

Author: steverac Date: 03/24/2012

Using System Center Update Publisher 2007 with Verisign Certificates

Using System Center Update Publisher with Verisign Certificates The System Center Update Publisher...

Author: steverac Date: 09/17/2011

System Center Updates Publisher 2007 and WSUS Self-Signed Cert Option

What exactly do you need to do to get your environment ready to use the System Center Updates...

Author: steverac Date: 09/17/2011

Integrating ConfigMgr 2007 and ForeFront Endpoint Protection 2010

The integration between ConfigMgr 2007 and ForeFront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) has been a topic...

Author: steverac Date: 08/31/2011

How to create offline or standalone USB media for OS Deployment in ConfigMgr 2007

Wrote up this entry over on the system center support team blog -...

Author: steverac Date: 05/05/2011

Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part III

In this final installment of this software updates series we will review the software update...

Author: steverac Date: 04/30/2011

Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part II

In part II of this discussion we will review CI’s and SDM packages. Our discussion is focused...

Author: steverac Date: 04/16/2011

Software Updates–INTERNALS! (MMS 2011 session)–part I

Several folks have asked that I transform my MMS 2011 presentation on the internals of software...

Author: steverac Date: 04/10/2011

So Long MMS 2011

MMS 2011 – GREAT to see everyone!  TONS of really exciting stuff announced – a lot more details...

Author: steverac Date: 03/24/2011

Microsoft PFE (Premier Field Engineering) is hiring

Are you ready to be a rockstar? Do you have a passion for technology and customers? Microsoft PFE is...

Author: steverac Date: 03/09/2011

SCCM state messaging–in depth

State messaging is a new mechanism in SCCM which reflects point in time conditions on the...

Author: steverac Date: 01/07/2011

Presenting at MMS 2011

Just got confirmation today that I will be presenting at MMS 2011.  My session will be on SCCM...

Author: steverac Date: 01/05/2011

Test remote SQL connectivity EASILY!

I learned about something very useful today and thought I’d share. Have you ever been...

Author: steverac Date: 12/13/2010

Focusing on the printer! Printer Monitoring MP Supplement

The released version of the printer monitoring MP is available in the MP catalog and is an effective...

Author: steverac Date: 12/04/2010

The case of the MIF and WMI repository

If you have spent much time around SCCM engineers – at least those of us from Microsoft – you will...

Author: steverac Date: 11/21/2010

Introducing SCCM 2007 R3

SCCM 2007 R3 (R3) has released!  R3 is not a service pack – it is an addon that brings...

Author: steverac Date: 10/14/2010

Problems Creating USB Media with Windows 7

I’ve seen a number of folks running into issues creating USB media when the SCCM admin console is...

Author: steverac Date: 10/11/2010

Intel vPro does Powershell

For those of you Powershellers out there – and I’m one too – this is good news...

Author: steverac Date: 08/22/2010

OS Imaging via Web Page

OSD is a powerful imaging tool but setting up systems to be imaged may require a user have access to...

Author: steverac Date: 08/22/2010

Updating custom alert fields using subscriptions and powershell

Alerts in OpsMgr have lots of good information on them already – but wouldn’t it be cool if you...

Author: steverac Date: 08/16/2010

Place a Group in Maintenance Mode with Powershell

Steve? Why are you writing a post on how to place a group in maintenance mode using...

Author: steverac Date: 08/08/2010

Direct Access – SCCM – Managing internet clients

Do you have internet based clients that you want to manage?  Does the idea of switching to SCCM...

Author: steverac Date: 07/30/2010

OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Update 2 has released

The OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Update 2 has released – available at...

Author: steverac Date: 05/01/2010

SCCM Toolkit 2 Released

The SCCM toolkit 2 has released – available at...

Author: steverac Date: 05/01/2010

MMS 2010

it was another amazing MMS! It was great to see everyone and I appreciate all of those that attended...

Author: steverac Date: 04/23/2010

SCCM 2007 Superflows Released

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff385001.aspx

Author: steverac Date: 03/28/2010

Populating groups from a text file – step by step

Kevin recently posted a blog entry on how to use a SQL database to determine and populate group...

Author: steverac Date: 03/15/2010

Extending a class attributes from a flat file.

Sometimes you may need to extend a class with additional attributes. If those attributes are...

Author: steverac Date: 03/15/2010

SCCM Patching and OpsMgr Maintenance Mode

Customers using OpsMgr for monitoring and SCCM for patching commonly select the option in SCCM to...

Author: steverac Date: 02/06/2010

Configuring SCCM and Branch Cache

BranchCache is a feature introduced with Windows 2008 R2 that allows systems within the same subnet...

Author: steverac Date: 02/06/2010

Presenting at MMS 2010

MMS 2010 is quickly approaching – if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait too long!  This...

Author: steverac Date: 02/01/2010

SCCM and SQL Reporting Services

With the R2 release, SCCM now supports the use of SQL Reporting Services as a reporting...

Author: steverac Date: 01/27/2010

Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part III – The Cookdown Analyzer

For the third and final post in the Authoring Resource Kit Tools series we introduce the Cookdown...

Author: steverac Date: 01/03/2010

Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part II – The Workflow Simulator

You’ve just built out several custom rules/monitors/discoveries – it’s late, you think you are...

Author: steverac Date: 01/02/2010

Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part I - The Workflow Analyzer

Have you ever been faced with troubleshooting OpsMgr and needed a way to trace the flow of a...

Author: steverac Date: 12/29/2009

“Ccmsetup is being restarted due to an administrative action. Installation files will be reset and downloaded again”

Ever see this statement in the ccmsetup log?  Ever wonder what it means?  When you run...

Author: steverac Date: 12/06/2009

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