13 Sep

Checkup? I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Checkup

SCCM Health Checkups System Center Configuration Manager is much like today’s cars. I don’t work on my car much anymore. It is so computerized and complicated that I prefer to hand it over to professionals. Likewise, SCCM is becoming increasingly complicated under the hood and it seems like more is added every month. Just like your automobile, your SCCM Read more…

12 Jan

New Year’s Resolution for OS Management

I worked with a firm recently that is using Windows 7 as a desktop portal to access to access their VDI and XenApp. In my attempt to create a new capture of the OS I found myself staring at 191 updates just for Windows 7, and every time I would run the capture it would fail. If I ran the Read more…

16 Apr

Data Deduplication – Turn it on now!

If you are not taking advantage of Windows Server 2012’s data deduplication capability you are losing out on one of the best things about the OS from a Configuration Manager Admin’s perspective.  I continue to come across organizations that are not leveraging this in their environments.  It’s free (as in nadda, zip, cost’s you nothing Read more…

22 Jan

Removing the Software Center Shortcut for SCCM

By default, the System Center Configuration Manager client includes a GUI based portal showing available software and its installation status called Software Center. While most firms are okay with Software Center in the Start Menu, a few have asked us to remove it, hiding it from the users. It turns out this is not as easy Read more…

15 May

SCCM: Deploying Driver Updates to Existing Machines

I recently ran into a challenge at a client that I had not dealt with before.  We were working on cleanup items post-deployment of their new Windows 7 desktop when Kraft & Kennedy was asked to put together a number of updates for deployment to the new desktop.  One of the requests was to update Read more…