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ConfigMgr 2007 R2 training in Belgium

7:32 am in ConfigMgr 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R2, Training by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

ConfigMgr 2007 R2


Hi All,

In 2 weeks I will be teaching a ConfigMgr 2007 class, this will be the first time I teach the class with modified content for ConfigMgr 2007 R2.

This class will run at jcacademy in Leuven. More details can be found here:

But to summarize this is a 5 day class covering the skills upgrade for current sms 2003 admins to ConfigMgr 2007 R2.

Runs from the 8th till the 12th of June, and costs 2.085€. Keep in mind that the website still needs to be updated with the new course content sheet.

NOTE: I do not teach classes all that often anymore, so if you want to follow ConfigMgr 2007 R2 training this year, this might very well be one of your last chances to follow it with me this year. There is a slim chance I will have some time to do another at the very end of this year, but no guarantees there.

Course Content

Title: Migrating your SMS 2003 admin skills to SCCM 2007 R2


The goal of this course is to upgrade the attendees’ sms 2003 admin skills to Sccm 2007 R2. Attendees that successfully complete this course will be capable of managing day-to-day operations of a SCCM 2007 environment.

The course is a mix of in-depth instructor led training and hands-on labs to help drive home the concepts discussed and provide answers to commonly asked questions. The trainer that delivers this course is an accomplished consultant with plenty of real world experience to make the delivery interesting.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at people that currently manage a SMS 2003 environment, and are planning to migrate or have already migrated to SCCM 2007 (R2).


    This course requires that the students meet the following prerequisites:

  • A decent working knowledge of Active Directory
  • A decent working knowledge of sms 2003 is strongly advised to make the most out of this course.

Course outline

Day 1

What’s new overview?

This section will provide you with a broad overview of all changes that have been made to sccm 2007, taking sms 2003 as the reference point. This overview includes the features added during SP1 and R2 and will offer a glance at what’s coming in SP2 and ConfigMgr v.Next. After the initial overview you will get a more detailed view of these modifications during the rest of the course.


New admin UI tour

One of the big changes to SCCM is the new administrator console, knowing your way around this console is crucial to successfully manage your sccm environment. This section will introduce you to homepages, the search bar and some other smaller changes.


Client management (Discovery, assignment, Installation)

After the introduction we’ll dive into discovering, installing and assigning clients. You’ll learn about changes to the discovery and assignment phases that might influence your server infrastructure. Once you have learned all about discovery and client assignment we’ll look at the two most popular client installation methods in detail. To finish of this day we will install and configure the new R2 feature called client status reporting to assist in keeping an overview of healthy and unhealthy clients.



Extending Hardware inventory

Day 2 will start with an explanation of what has changed in the hardware inventory data flow and architecture, followed by some guidelines on how-to extend hardware inventory, and details on the usage of asset intelligence to manage your licenses.


Desired Configuration Management

DCM is one of the new features in sccm 2007, we’ll look at the back-end infrastructure, the dataflow, and the different components like configuration packs, configuration baselines and configuration items.


Software Distribution

Although software distribution has not changed very drastically, some of these changes are long awaited design change requests that could have an impact on your daily operations. We’ll discuss maintenance windows, wake on lan and other important changes. Additionally this section will show you the basics of application virtualization and its integration in ConfigMgr 2007 R2.


Day 3

Software Updates

Software update management has significantly changed and is barely comparable to the sms 2003 itmu counterpart. In this section you’ll learn how to build your software update architecture, find out how to deploy a software update, see how sccm software updates integrates into windows server 2008 nap and figure out how to take all this knowledge to implement a manageable software update procedure.


Mobile device management

Windows mobile device management is a feature that has been present for a while now in sms, yet, it is one of those highly underused features. More and more companies are starting to have some mobile devices in their asset list though. Starting to manage these devices becomes appealing to more organizations than in the past. In this module we will use the Microsoft device emulator to simulate a windows mobile 6 device being managed. You’ll learn all about mobile device management in ConfigMgr 2007 R2 and how to play around with it yourself by setting up the standalone Microsoft device emulator.


Remote tools

Although the changes might not be obvious, remote tools did change quite a bit in ConfigMgr 2007. In this module we’ll take a look at this revamped remote tools functionality and talk a bit about its limitations and known issues.


Day 4

Out of band service management

Out of band service management or the management of Intel vPro capable devices was added to ConfigMgr 2007 with service pack1. Providing exciting new power-management and other capabilities exposed by the out of band management controller. In this module you’ll learn how to configure this new feature and learn some of the tips in implementing this functionality in a manageable way.


Software Metering

Asset intelligence reporting that was covered in the hardware inventory module helps you keep an accurate view of what software you have installed, and see what your license compliance status is. Software metering will tell you how many of those licenses are actually put to good use. This module, when added to the asset intelligence information will assist in learning you how to keep your license management under control and in tip-top shape


Querying & reporting

Significant changes have been made to reporting in ConfigMgr 2007 R2. Support for SQL reporting services was added, and the schema for the ConfigMgr database has been published online around the SP1 timeframe. So after being absent from the original 3 day course, querying and reporting is covered again in this 5 day course. This module will learn you how to write your own reports even if you are not a full-blown sql admin or guru.


 Day 5

Operating system deployment

One of the areas that has received the most attention of the product team in sccm 2007 has to be OS deployment. Day 5 will be all about this thrilling new release of OS deployment. In this section you’ll learn how to configure the osd architecture, followed by building your reference machine. Once you have our base image and created our own custom windows pe you’ll be making your hands dirty in deploying your own captured image.


Topics that will NOT be covered in this course

The following items are not covered in this course, as they are not a part of day to day operations.

  • Designing a Sccm 2007 infrastructure.
  • Installing/migrating to Sccm 2007



Instructor resume

Sms Related experience

Kim Oppalfens has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer for over 6 years. He started giving training ona SMS 2.0, and continued on by teaching the SMS 2003 Train-the-trainer class in Paris.

In his career he has been involved in a large number of SMS/SCCM implementations. His involvement in these projects has been pretty versatile, ranging from developing custom courseware, over making designs, Implementing from scratch or custom-develop migration strategies.


Speaking engagements

Kim has been a speaker at Microsoft’s Belgium last 3 big events being the Dev & It pro days 2007 Techdays 2008, Techdays 2009 and several other community based events.



Kim has received the prestigious Microsoft most valuable professional for 5 years in a row, for his enthusiasm in supporting people with sms related questions in the microsoft newsgroups. Kim is pretty proud to be one of the april fool’s day mvp’s.



Kim publishes his sccm-related articles on a blog over at the system center user group of which he is a founding member. ( ), he aims at writing unique articles without duplicating too much announcement or none SCCM related posts.

Contact details

You can find Kim’s contact details on his linked-in profile (




“Everyone is an expert at something”
Kim Oppalfens – Sms Expert for lack of any other expertise
Windows Server System MVP – SMS

SCCM 2007 R2 – SQL Reporting services, Named instances and greyed out config option

10:52 am in ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, Known Issue, Reporting, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SQL Reporting services, SRS by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi All,


ConfigMgr 2007 R2 introduced a new feature for reporting. SQL reporting services based reporting instead of the original web based reports was added as a new feature. This makes sure that all system center products now use a consistent reporting product. Although both reporting methods can be used in conjunction with each other in the current release, as previously mentioned on this blog, this will not be the case in Sccm v.Next.

In this respect it makes sense to learn the ropes on this SRS technology now, one of the issues I have seen reporting, and which I ran into myself, is a greyed out admin ui interface if you try to start using the ConfigMGr 2007 R2 reporting services feature. After reporting the issue, the ConfigMgr team figured out what the issue was and they updated question 6 on their SRS faq:

For those of you who already have installed SRS, and want to use it in a named instance, you should be able to add another SRS default instance to the same box, and this should clear up the greyed out configuration options in the admin ui when you try to use the “copy reports to reporting services” wizard, or when you try to configure the properties of your ConfigMgr reporting services point in reports \ reporting services


“Everyone is an expert at something”
Kim Oppalfens – Sms Expert for lack of any other expertise
Windows Server System MVP – SMS


Community Day 2009 is coming

9:10 am in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

As announced earlier, Community Day 2009 is coming! Mark Thursday 25th June in your calendar, as it’s the day you can get a full day of free training and sessions, all courtesy of the Belgian User Groups.

This third edition is a big step for us. For the first time, we are doing an entire day (whereas the 2 previous editions were half a day). We also moved to a new location, as the previous one became too small: we are now in Utopolis in Mechelen.

Since yesterday evening, The website , it’s now live.

Registration is again free, including food and drinks, BUT seats are limited, so register in time if you want to be sure you can be there!

The System Center User Group Belgium is providing 2 sessions :


Setting up & Configuring SQL Server to support your SCCM & SCOM environment , given by Kim Oppalfens & Alexandre Verkinderen

Thin, thick or hybrid imaging in SCCM – Notes from the field , given by Kenny Buntinx


Hope to see you there !

Kenny Buntinx


1:09 am in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Learn a little more about MMS 2009 behind the scenes!
Registration by the Numbers

  • 16,400: Approximate number of miles roundtrip 9 attendees flew to be at MMS 2009
  • 800: Approximate number of attendees who have previously attended an MMS
  • 50: The number of US states represented
  • 44: The number of countries represented
  • 24: The number of US states with over 20 representatives
  • 6: The number of countries with more than 50 attendees
  • Top countries other than the US with the highest representation: Canada, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway

Session Content

  • 159 breakouts, 16 BOF sessions, 85 ILL lab sessions and 75 different self-paced lab topics
  • A total of 33,601 session bookings were received on CommNet.
  • The backstage keynote demo lab for day 1 and day 2 combined included 5 server racks, 4 stand-alone servers, and 14 desktop computers.
  • The Maximum ASP public cloud demo included fully-functioning private and public cloud networks, both assembled onsite in Las Vegas in 48 hours.
  • The Wireless Wake-Up and Windows 7 Deployment demo featured 18 laptops in the audience connected to a live wireless network; over the course of twenty minutes, each laptop was upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 in real-time.

Expo & Meals Facts

  • 55 companies were featured in the Expo Hall as Sponsor-Exhibitors or Exhibitors.
  • Over 3,400 System Center-branded space racers, laptop skins, mints, yo-yo octopi, and Post-It Note cubes were given out in the Microsoft Pavilion in the Expo Hall.
  • 1,000 feet of drape and 3400 sq yards of carpet were used to "dress" the Expo Hall.
  • 2,400 lbs of eggs and 1,800 lbs of potatoes were served during the MMS week
  • 5,472 sodas were consumed during the week’s lunches and breaks
  • MMS’s signature cocktail, the ITProtini, proved to be a popular item – attendees enjoyed 1,221 of them during the Closing Party!

Hotel Facts

  • Approximately 50,000 people visit The Venetian each day (more than 18 million each year).
  • The Palazzo and the Venetian together have more than 7,000 suites, making the combined space the largest hotel in the world.
  • At 85,000 sq feet, the Venetain Ballroom is one of the largest obstruction-free ballrooms in the world.
  • Using a standard garden hose for 24 hours a day, it would take 65 days to fill the indoor Grand Canal.
  • At 50 stories and 639.5 feet tall, the Palazzo is the 2nd tallest building in Nevada.
  • There is no 4th, 13th, or 14th floor in the Palazzo.
  • The Palazzo contains 230,000 cubic yards of concrete. That’s enough concrete to build a six-foot wide sidewalk from the hotel all the way to the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park.

SCCM v.Next details from MMS

6:25 pm in ConfigMgr, sccm, SCCM v.Next by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


Hi All,

MMS 2009 is coming to an end and I finally found some time to start sharing some of the info I received earlier this week on ConfigMgr v.Next, the next version of SCCM due out somewhere in 2011.

Let me start by saying that it has been a great conference, and for those of you that didn’t make it this year, and that are working in the systems management space, make sure you are here next year, because you are missing out on a lot of great stuff.


Belgium was incredibly under-present at this conference; there were only 7 Belgian people here from 5 different companies. 2 Independents (Me & Kurt Van hoecke), 3 from Belgacom, David Vanderkelen from Telindus and Kenny from ComputaCenter. I guess it shows who is willing to invest in systems management knowledge.


Let me start by saying that SCCM v.Next is still 2 years away, so a lot of these things could still change quite a bit. I will start with the stuff that is more or less set in stone.

  • SCCM v.Next will be a 64bit only application just like Exchange 2007 is.
  • SCCM v.Next will require SQL Server 2008
  • SCCM v.Next will allow you to move deployments to User centric as opposed to device centric as we have done in the past. (More on that in an upcoming post)
  • The MMC 3.0 console will be replaced by a new “wunderbar”-based console to be inline with OpsMgr, VmMgr


Now for the stuff that is not 100% confirmed yet:

  • The security model will be replaced by a Role based access control mechanism with Security roles and security scopes (more food for a new post)
  • Software updates will support auto-accept rules to automatically start deploying specific update types (security updates) for specific products (Windows Vista)
  • Setup will require you to pass the quizzes from the documentation team before allowing you to continue
  • Remote control will bring back the option to press Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • You will be able to send Advertisement status messages to twitter or Microsoft Vine
  • Distribution points will support sender like scheduling and throttling
  • Distribution point groups will now be dynamic, so if you add a package to a distribution point group, and then add a DP to that group later on, that DP will now receive that package.

As stated in the header some of these unconfirmed ones, might NOT make it into the final product. J


“Everyone is an expert at something”
Kim Oppalfens – Sms Expert for lack of any other expertise
Windows Server System MVP – SMS