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My Top 10 sessions TechDays 2012

Microsoft Techdays 2012 Belgium: 14-15-16 february 2012

My Top 10 sessions for Techdays 2012

  1. Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  2. Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  3. Windows 8 Hyper-V: Scalability
  4. Windows 8 Hyper-V: Availability
  5. Windows 8 Disk Dedupe
  6. Private Cloud Day Session 1- Building your Private Cloud Infrastructure
  7. Private Cloud Day Session 2- Creating & Configure your Private Cloud
  8. Private Cloud Day Session 3- Monitor & Operate your Private Cloud
  9. Private Cloud Day Session 4- Automating & Delivering Services in your Private
  10. Private Cloud Day Session 5- A Solution for Private Cloud Security

Hope to see you on the TechDays.

Kind Regards


Belgian Best of MMS Sessions&Recordings online

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As of today you can find the full session recordings and presentations available on the Best of MMS TechNet Edge page. If you would like to go through one or more of the presentations again, please find the individual links to the slides and recordings below. 

On-demand session recordings

We have created a special page on TechNet Edge with all the videos of the event : Best of MMS Belgium 2011.

Track 1

Introduction to Opalis and a Sneak Peek at System Center Orchestrator
by David De Backer

System Center Configuration Manager 2012
by Kim Oppalfens

Configuration Manager 2012 – Deployment and Infrastructure Technical Overview
by Kenny Buntinx

AVIcode: Overview of Application Monitoring that you can do today
by Chris Childers

Operations Manager 2012 : Overview, Setup and Configuration
by Alexandre Verkinderen

Technical Overview of System Center Advisor (“Atlanta”)
by Arne Peleman

Track 2

SCDPM : DPM 2012 : What goodies are coming?
By Mike Resseler

System Center Service Manager 2012 Overview
by Kurt Vanhoecke

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 : Technical Overview
by Kurt Roggen

Managing your Fabric with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
by Kurt Roggen

Windows Intune : PC Management with Cloud Services
by Mike Resseler

Configuration Manager : Hints, Allegations and Things left unsaid
by Kim Oppalfens

Presentations

Please find the download links towards the available presentations below :

Track 1

Introduction to Opalis and a Sneak Peek at System Center Orchestrator
by David De Backer

System Center Configuration Manager 2012
by Kim Oppalfens

Configuration Manager 2012 – Deployment and Infrastructure Technical Overview
by Kenny Buntinx

AVIcode: Overview of Application Monitoring that you can do today
by Chris Childers

Operations Manager 2012 : Overview, Setup and Configuration
by Alexandre Verkinderen

Technical Overview of System Center Advisor (“Atlanta”)
by Arne Peleman

Track 2

SCDPM : DPM 2012 : What goodies are coming?
By Mike Resseler

System Center Service Manager 2012 Overview
by Kurt Vanhoecke

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 : Technical Overview
by Kurt Roggen

Managing your Fabric with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
by Kurt Roggen

Windows Intune : PC Management with Cloud Services
by Mike Resseler

Configuration Manager 2012 : Hints, Allegations and Things left unsaid
by Kim Oppalfens

This event was sponsored by :

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CU1 for SCSM SP1

The first cumulative update for SP1 is now released. This must be applied on top of a SP1 installation. It fixes the following issues:

  • Extending a large-volume class hangs the console indefinitely
  • Adding 25th child item on a list results in an error
  • DW data loss for relationship fact tables with properties

You can download it from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=82954fe2-2168-42cd-8456-762730ac37eb

Additional detail and installation instructions:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2484853

There is also an Authoring Tool management pack library update with this so make sure you update the management packs in your library wherever you have the authoring tool installed.

Original Source:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/archive/2011/02/03/cumulative-update-1-for-system-center-service-manager-sp1-released.aspx


Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, R2 and R3 supports Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Read the original post here.


System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, R2 and R3 now supports the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems for client installation.  The Configuration Manager console and branch distribution point are supported on these platforms. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is supported for all core and feature-specific site system roles.

The following software update is required to add Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to the Supported Platforms list:

  • KB 2489044 – Update for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 to add Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1 clients as supported platforms
  • KB 977203 – User state migration is unsuccessful on a SCCM 2007 SP1 client or on a SCCM 2007 SP2 client

Configuration Manager 2007  SP2, R2 and R3 supports WinPE 3.1

System Center Configuration Manager SP2, R2 and R3 now supports WinPE 3.1 as the boot image used with operating system deployment. WinPE 3.1 is shipped with Windows 7 SP1 as a Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) supplement.

Steps to upgrade to WinPE 3.1 within the existing Configuration Manager Environment and known limitations with Win PE 3.1 can be found here


mms 2011

As we are still a few days away from MMS 2011 it is time to start packing my gear.

Tomorrow morning I will be flying to Vegas.

I can’t wait attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2011.

I’ll try to keep you all posted on this Blog.

mms session list:  http://www.mms-2011.com/topic/list

MMS 2011 Design

Kind Regards,

Arne


An error Occurred while retrieving policy for this computer (0x80072EE7)

 

Today I stumbled against following problem after trying to perform an OSD.

Failedtoruntasksequence

The network drivers in the Boot environment were ok.

But I was not able to resolve the server from within the Boot image.

So I fixed DNS resolving by adding the correct entries to DNS.

When I was able to resolve the configuration manager server, the task sequence went ok.

Hope it Helps.

Kind Regards,

Arne Peleman


Stop a Disaster advertisement

A while ago I was called by a customer. Something was going wrong. Workstations were being  reinstalled with no reason.

What now…. 
There is no red Stop Button? ….

So we just deleted all the advertisements which could causing this issue.
Result: All tracking of the advertisement was lost.

After some digging on the internet I stumbled across the following MyItForum  blog.

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Scenario: An advertisement went out for a package that is causing havoc. Let’s say, it is rebooting servers and workstations. How do you stop it NOW!?!?! With a Big Red Stop Button (BRSB).

Below are 5 scenarios with varying speeds and success rates.

Method 1: Stop the IIS service or the SMS_OFFER_MANAGER service on all servers.

Upside: Everything stops
Downside: Everything stops including normal client communications or any other distribution

Method 2: Delete the source package files off the DP(s) update: change the ntfs folder permissions to deny any client from reading the source files.  Thanks jnelson

Upside: All clients trying to run errant advertisement will say “Waiting For Content”
Downside: Copying the package source back to the DP after everything calms down.

Method 3: Delete the Advertisement (Do not do this)

Upside: Makes you feel better
Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered. You also lose all tracking of the damage you have wrought.

Method 4: Disable the Program

Upside: Prevents further execution
Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Method 5: Expire the advertisement

Upside: Prevents further execution
Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Summary: Best solution for Big Red Stop Button (BRSB) appears to be Method 2. Delete the files off the DP. You will need to know the PackageID / advertisement ID. (see reports below) and the location of the DPs (see reports below).

Best order of execution to achieve BRSB

  1. Identify PackageID
    See console command line below
  2. Identify DPs that you will need to target
  3. Run a script to delete the files off the DPs
  4. Disable the program
  5. Disable the advertisement (change the execution expiration time)
  6. View reports on advertisement success rate so you know who to go fix

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager Console\AdminUI\bin\adminconsole.msc” sms:debugview=1

So next time something goes wrong bare this post in mind.

Kind regards.

Arne