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Primary Site Installation Greyed Out in SCCM 2007 SP2 installation?

Had an annoying issue today where the customer and I tried to install a primary server but kept getting stuck with the option to install a primary server greyed out. Turns out we were using the SP2 upgrade media that … Continue reading

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Does your Windows 7 Hang at the Welcome Screen for a long time after logon? Potential Fix Here

I’ve had a major issue on my personal machine for sometime now where on logon my machine would hang for minutes (15-30 minutes in some cases) before getting to the desktop. When resuming from sleep, this wasn’t an issue, however … Continue reading

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Location of SMSTS.log when using Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment

For those using OSD to image, the smsts.log is a valuable log file to help in troubleshooting installation issues of your Windows images. The smsts.log file, however, moves around depending on what phase of the installation you are in. Below … Continue reading

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System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 VHD Now Available

We have posted the ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 VHD. You can download the files here. With this release you can also test out the Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 Beta which integrates with ConfigMgr 2012. Take a look at the link … Continue reading

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How to Install Secondary Sites in System Center Configuration Manager 2012

In prior versions of ConfigMgr, you had the ability to install a secondary site in multiple ways. The method that I always chose to install a secondary was to copy the installation bits down to the server and install via … Continue reading

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How to Install a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Primary Site (Beta 2)

System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 primary site installation isn’t that much different than in ConfigMgr 2007, however there are some differences. The aim for this post is to show you the basics of primary site installation and what to … Continue reading

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Using SCCM Distribution Points for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Definition Updates

THIS METHOD HAS BEEN DEPRECIATED AS OF FOREFRONT ENDPOINT PROTECTION UPDATE ROLLUP 1. PLEASE SEE FOREFRONT ENDPOINT PROTECTION 2010 UPDATE ROLLUP 1 USING YOUR DISTRIBUTION POINTS FOR FEP DEFINITIONS WITH THE SOFTWARE UPDATE AUTOMATION TOOL FOR THE NEW METHOD.     … Continue reading

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Ports Required to Join a Windows Domain – Managing Windows Machines in a DMZ with SCCM

For those looking for the ports you need open, this is what I use for a Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 DC. LDAP TCP-in – 389 LDAP UDP in – 389 LDAP for Global Catalog TCP in – 3268 … Continue reading

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System Center Configuration Manager R3 Released!

Today Microsoft released SCCM 2007 R3! Instead of going into a long blog post about all the exciting new features R3 has, I’d like to refer to an EXCELLENT run down of all the features by a co-worker of mine, … Continue reading

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