System Center poll: Are you attending MMS 2010?

We’re getting closer to the dates of the best conference on systems management available, the Microsoft Management Summit 2010.  Are you still working to get approval?  Are you approved already and can’t wait to get there?

Let us know by participating in the latest MMS 2010 poll:

Are you attending MMS 2010? 


P.S. We’re working on communications about the annual party at MMS.  Keep an eye out for it.  Also, there will be a long awaited announcement at MMS 2010 from  Get ready!

The Insider’s Guide to Troubleshooting Client Content Download in Configuration Manager 2007


This blog post offers a troubleshooting guide for customers to diagnose some of the frequently encountered issues relating to client content download problems.  It outlines the scenario, then takes you through how to track the various processes involved from when the client downloads policy to when the client installs the software.

  • Step 1: Tracking the Advertisement on the Client

  • Step 2: Tracking the Content Location Request on the Client
  • Step 3: Tracking the Content Location Response on the Management Point
  • Step 4: Identifying the Client Boundary and How this Affects Content Location and Download
  • Step 5: Tracking the Content Download
  • Step 6: Troubleshooting BITS

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Insider's Guide to Troubleshooting Client Content Download in Configuration Manager 2007

Haitian Relief Request

My church, Community Harvest Church, will be receiving a special offering this Sunday, during both AM services (8:30 and 11:00), for the relief efforts in Haiti. Our missionary to Haiti, Terry Essex, will be with us during the 11:00 AM service to give us an update and receive the offering.

Terry operates an orphanage located about 35 miles from Port au Prince and has a direct contact on the ground. Already 100 refugees have come to the compound.

100% of the money received will go to the relief efforts (food and medical supplies) in Haiti. Western Union is currently waiving all fees for the relief effort (normally 11%). $100 will feed 10 people for 3 months or a $1,000.00 will feed 100 people for 3 months. Please prayerfully consider making a generous contribution to assist with the relief efforts. If you are unable to attend Sunday, please send a check or money order made out to Community Harvest Church, P.O. Box 79 Germantown, OH 45327 and designate it for Haitian Relief. Thank you!

Support added through a couple hotfixes for 802.1x in Windows PE


Since the dawn of time, Windows PE (WinPE) has not had any support for the 802.1x authentication protocol. This meant that any network deployment of Windows via a network secured with 802.1x was a non-starter, causing headaches for a few on my customers; I actually had one customer that ran new network cables to a majority of the desks in order to be able to deploy Windows XP over the network.

The Deployment Guys : Added support for 802.1x in Windows PE

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Expired GoDaddy vPro Provisioning Certificate in a SCCM Environment


So what happens when your Remote Provisioning Certificate used to provision vPro systems expires? In this article, I discuss the behaviors you will see in Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the process necessary to renew your certificate from GoDaddy to get your Site server provisioning again.

Intel vPro Expert Center Blog: Expired GoDaddy vPro Provisioning Certificate in a SCCM Environment

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