Rerun of failed advertisements does not work as expected when you use status MIF files generated by Windows Installer

 

You may want to use status MIF files for extended or custom reporting of the advertisement status by configuring the reporting properties of a mandatory advertisement to "Use these fields for status MIF matching", but if the resulting MIF file is generated by Windows Installer (using Windows Installer command line parameter "/M", for example "/M MIF" in the packages command line), the client might set the execution status to FailureNonRetry even if the exit code is within the list of Failure Retry Error Codes.

The list of Failure Retry Error Codes causing the Configuration Manager Client to retry the installation as well as the according client policies can be found:

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : Rerun of failed advertisements does not work as expected when you use status MIF files generated by Windows Installer

The Deployment Guys : Setting MDT Time Zone Variables from the Source OS Time Zone

 

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment has the ability to migrate the time zone from the source operating system to the destination operating system.  This is done by using the Migrate time zone option in the Capture Windows Settings step of the task sequence.

Unfortunately, MDT Lite Touch Deployment does not offer the same functionality.  So I created a User Exit script (GetCurrentTimeZoneExit.vbs) to query the source OS time zone and set the MDT time zone variable(s).

The Deployment Guys : Setting MDT Time Zone Variables from the Source OS Time Zone

The Next wave of Client Management begins now – Microsoft announces TAP nominations for vNext

 

Today we are announcing the opening of the Technology Adoption Program nominations for the next release of System Center Configuration Manager. 

The Technology Adoption Program is designed to provide a consistent experience for Microsoft customers to obtain real-world customer feedback on Microsoft pre-release products. 

Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : The Next wave of Client Management begins now……

Solution: Unable to connect to a ConfigMgr 2007 Secondary Site server from Tools => Service Manager unless you use a domain admin account

 

Here's a unique issue I came across the other day that I thought you might like hearing about.  In this case, we were unable to connect to a ConfigMgr 2007 Secondary Site server from Tools => Service Manager unless we were using a domain admin account.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : Solution: Unable to connect to a ConfigMgr 2007 Secondary Site server from Tools => Service Manager unless you use a domain admin account

Extend System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to Collect Fibre Channel HBA Information » Ross’ Cogitations

 

I spent awhile trying to get my ConfigMgr environment to collect HBA WWNs and with help from my co-worker Jason Sandys, a great doc he referred me to (Discovering Fibre Channel Topology through WMI) and various other sources I finally got it working.  Here’s the process.  As always, follow these steps at your own risk.

Extend System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to Collect Fibre Channel HBA Information » Ross’ Cogitations

Support for ACT 5.5 with the ACT Connector

 

Microsoft released a new version of ACT, version 5.5. This version changed the database schema which prevents configuring the ACT database from the ACT Connector administrator console. If you upgrade an existing ACT installation to 5.5 which has already been configured in the ACT connector, no additional steps are required.

Using this documented workaround ACT 5.5 is supported by Microsoft with the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 ACT Connector.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : Support for ACT 5.5 with the ACT Connector

The Configuration Manager Service Pack Install Guide

 

This document was created to help in troubleshooting Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 (SP2) install failures. This document is not entirely specific to Service Pack 2 and can apply to Service Pack 1 installs, upgrades from SMS 2003 to SCCM, and future service pack or Configuration Manager versions that rely on .mof file compilations, SQL SPNS, provider DLLs, etc.

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog : The Configuration Manager Service Pack Install Guide

System Center Experts : Optimizing your Collaboration and Communication infrastructure with System Center

 

There is a upward trend in today’s business environment that staff are working in new ways and in new places.  This shift, driven by new technology in both the datacenter and the client, is magnified by the new generation of workforce, often referred to as generation ‘Y’ getting their work done in coffee shops, airports, at home and on the road.  These trends place emphasis on the communication vectors that both the business and staff rely on to remain, and can increase productivity.  Communication and Collaboration infrastructure is being used to share data, communication formats, and presence.  Emails are no longer the only way people talk.  VOIP, Instant Messaging, email extensions to hardware like unified communication telephony systems, and social networking have become simply the way offices stay in touch.

System Center Experts : Optimizing your Collaboration and Communication infrastructure with System Center

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Activation Blog: ROI Analysis: Cal U achieves 193% ROI with Intel vPro Technology and Microsoft Configuration Manager

 

This latest ROI Analysis paper shows how California University of Pennsylvania began to see strong benefits after deploying PCs with Intel® vPro™ technology and using Microsoft Configuration Manager to start using Intel vPro capabilities. Cal U's goal is to improve IT efficiency and reduce costs. In particular, the university wants to conduct remote patching even when PCs are powered off, and enable power management through the remote power up/down feature built into the new PCs.

Key findings from this analysis include projected net benefits of over $150,000 across 5 years, from improved power management and from reduced deskside visits traditionally required for BIOS updates, patch resolution, and software problem mediation. Their projected ROI is 193% over 5 years, with break-even point in Year 3.

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Activation Blog: ROI Analysis: Cal U achieves 193% ROI with Intel vPro Technology and Microsoft Configuration Manager