System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Known Issue: Supernets in Active Directory Sites Used as Site Boundaries

 

We have recently updated the Configuration Manager Documentation Library regarding site boundary configurations.  This change was made to clarify the use of supernets, which remain unsupported but have been a source of confusion resulting in support calls.   The confusion comes when an Active Directory site is configured as a boundary and that Active Directory site contains one or more supernets.

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Known Issue: Supernets in Active Directory Sites Used as Site Boundaries

Elevation PowerToys for Windows : Elevation Gadget 2.0

 

In my June 2008 TechNet Magazine article I introduced the Elevation Gadget.  This Windows Sidebar Gadget functioned as drag and drop target to elevate programs, scripts, etc.  Version 2 sports an updated look and can now be enlarged (enlarges when undocked on Windows Vista, enlarges via the Size control on Windows 7). However, the biggest change is the addition of a command box.  Below are a few screen shots.

Elevation PowerToys for Windows : Elevation Gadget 2.0

Kevin Holman’s OpsMgr Blog : Tuning tip: Do you have monitors constantly “flip flopping” ?

 

This is something I see in almost all clients when we perform a PFE Health Check.  The customer will have lots of data being inserted into the OpsDB from agents, about monitors that are constantly changing state.  This can have a very negative effect on overall performance of the database – because it can be a lot of data, and the RMS is busy handling the state calculation, and synching this data about the state and any alert changes to the warehouse.

Many times the OpsMgr admin has no idea this is happening, because the alerts appear, and then auto-resolve so fast, you never see them – or don’t see them long enough to detect there is a problem.  I have seen databases where the statechangeevent table was the largest in the database – caused by these issues.

Too many state changes are generally caused by one or both, of two issues:

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog : Tuning tip: Do you have monitors constantly “flip flopping” ?

Kevin Holman’s OpsMgr Blog : The new and improved guide on HealthService Restarts. Aka – agents bouncing their own HealthService

 

I have written many articles in the past on HealthService restarts.  A HealthService restart is when the agent breaches a pre-set threshold of Memory use, or handle count use, and OpsMgr bounces the agent HealthService to try and correct the condition.

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog : The new and improved guide on HealthService Restarts. Aka – agents bouncing their own HealthService

NEWS: Opalis Technology licenses granted to all “System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise” customers w/ Software Assurance – Windows Live

 

Wow.  If you own licensing for the “System Center Server Management Suite” (either Enterprise or Datacenter) with Software Assurance, you will be receiving AT NO CHARGE the Opalis Technologies we acquired from Opalis Software.  Details are documented here -  http://www.microsoft.com/pathways/opalis/ – however this is the net of it:

NEWS: Opalis Technology licenses granted to all “System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise” customers w/ Software Assurance – Windows Live

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : How to properly set up a Task Sequence to deploy Windows 7 images captured via an SCCM 2007 Capture CD

 

When a Task Sequence is created via the "Create New Task Sequence Wizard", the Task Sequence may fail if the Windows OS being deployed is Windows 7 and the reference Windows 7 WIM image being deployed was manually created and then captured using the SCCM 2007 Capture CD.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : How to properly set up a Task Sequence to deploy Windows 7 images captured via an SCCM 2007 Capture CD