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Configuring Windows 10 Devices to Wake and Update Outside of Class time

Problem Today, many productivity hours are lost due to software updates installing during class time resulting in frustrated users. Customers that are leveraging traditional management solutions such as System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or other 3rd party tools don’t have … Continue reading

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How to Create a Silent, Self-Extracting Installer for use with Windows Configuration Designer

How to Create a Self-Extracting Installer using 7Zip for Complex Applications for use with Windows Configuration Designer A challenge that may arise when trying to use modern deployment techniques with Windows 10 is the need to deploy applications that have … Continue reading

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Beta 1 Unix and Linux Client Downloads Available

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta 1 offers support for managing Unix and Linux clients (and Mac OS clients as well). When download loading the beta SP1 bits, the client bits aren’t available and need to be downloaded separately. … Continue reading

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List of RSS Feeds for KB Articles for Microsoft Products

Want to keep up with the latest KB articles for the Microsoft products that you have in your environment? The best solution I’ve found is to use an RSS Feed Reader and subscribe to the feeds. Here’s a list of … Continue reading

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SoftwareUpdateAutomation.exe Scheduled Task Fails with an 0x1 Error Message When Updating FEP 2010 Definition Package

Issue When using the SoftwareUpdateAutomation.exe file as a scheduled task to update the Forefront Endpoint Protection definition files, the scheduled task may fail with an error code of 0x1. In the %programdata%\SoftwareUpdateAutomation.log file may see the following error: SQLMessage = … Continue reading

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How to Turn Off Compression in Configuration Manager 2007 Software Distribution

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times. By default, SMS and ConfigMgr both compress package content into a PCK file to distribute the content to child sites. The problem you might run into with Operating System Deployment … Continue reading

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Verizon Wireless Samsung SCH-LC11 EF07 Update Now Available

Samsung has released a software upgrade EF07 for the SCH-LC11, which is recommended to be installed. I used to have CONSTANT disconnecting issues with my SCH-LC11, but those issues appear to have been resolved. Will know for sure after some … Continue reading

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Building Windows 8 – Improving Windows Explorer

If you haven’t been to the Building Windows 8 Blog yet, I highly recommend bookmarking it as the Windows 8 team has been updating it frequently. Today’s post comes from Alex Simons and takes a brief look at the history … Continue reading

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Using Your Distribution Points for FEP Definitions with the Software Update Automation Tool – Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Update Rollup 1

In my previous post on using your distribution points for Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 definition files, we had to leverage a vbscript in order to automate the download of the definition files from Microsoft via a scheduled task and … Continue reading

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Have ConfigMgr Client Health Problems? Check out the ConfigMgr Client Health and Remediation Services Offering!

Normally I don’t try and sell things on my blog here, however there’s a new service offering that I think many that come across this blog will be highly interested in. I know when I worked as a customer before … Continue reading

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