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ConfigMgr 2007 Toolkit version 2 is now available

7:09 pm in AdminUi, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, ConfigMgr2007 R3, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, Toolkit by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

I’m proud to announce that our SCCM Product team has released System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 live on the Microsoft Download Center today.  This release is a follow up to our original release back in 2007.  With this V2 release we re-introduced the Delete Group Class, MP Troubleshooter, Preload Package and Send Schedule Tools from the SMS 2003 Toolkit.   All four tools where frequently requested from customers & MVP’s and we are happy to enable them for use with ConfigMgr 2007 with some added features. 

The release also includes an updated Security Configuration Wizard Template for ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Furthermore this release includes all the original 2007 Toolkit tools along with the new ones in one easy to install MSI.

The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.

· Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

· Delete Group Class Tool – A tool used to remove inventory group definitions along with history data, tables, views and stored procedures for the group.

o New in 2007: In addition to removing the entries in the GroupMap and AtttributeMap tables, Delete Group Class Tool also removes the inventory stored procedures, schema views and tables.

· Desired Configuration Management Migration Tool – A tool used to migrate from the DCM Solution for SMS 2003 to DCM in ConfigMgr 2007.

· Desired Configuration Management Model Verification Tool – A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for the validation and testing of configuration items and baselines authored externally from the Configuration Manager console.

· Desired Configuration Management Substitution Variable Tool – A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for authoring desired configuration management configuration items that use chained setting and object discovery.

· Management Point Troubleshooter Tool – A tool that checks a computer system before and after a management point installation to ensure that the installation meets the requirements for management points.

o New in 2007: MP Troublshooter Tool can detect WebDAV rules and will provide simple automatic fix, which will help admin to correct issues like WebDAV authoring rules.  Also supports Native Mode.

· Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.

· Preload Package Tool – A tool used to manually install compressed copies of package source files on Configuration Manager 2007 sites.

o New in 2007: Preload Package Tool now supports compressing packages before transferring them across the network.  Supported Packages: Software Distribution Package, Virtual Application Package, Boot Image, Operating System Image, Operating System Install Package and Driver Package.

· Security Configuration Wizard Template for Configuration Manager 2007 – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required. The Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Security Configuration Wizard template supports new site system definitions and enables the required services and ports.

· Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a Client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.

o New in 2007: Send Schedule Tool can now trigger DCM Baseline evaluation.

· Trace32 – A log viewer that provides a way to easily view and monitor log files created and updated by Configuration Manager 2007 clients and servers. The best tool for troubleshooting log files :-)

 

Hope it Helps ,

 

Kenny Buntinx

SCCM : Software Updates are hanging.

7:34 am in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, Installation, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, Software updates, wsus by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Issue :

A XP client keeps failing on 2 updates that are marked as missing , but no errors could be found in the SCCM client logs , neither in the Windows Update Agent.log. You only get this line in the log file :

Update (Site_308CBE75-86C9-4D9D-AC4E-410079CCF8A2/SUM_5bf6aa01-2591-4966-95a6-afa7b5b6ac68) Progress: Status = ciStateError, PercentComplete = 0, DownloadSize = 0, Result = 0x80040656

Solution :

The solution is explained in KB artible : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956702

Method for Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003

To resolve this issue, register the Softpub.dll, Wintrust.dll, Initpki.dll, and Mssip32.dll files. To register these files, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

2. At the command prompt, type regsvr32 Softpub.dll /s, and then press ENTER.

3. At the command prompt, type regsvr32 Wintrust.dll /s, and then press ENTER.

4. At the command prompt, type regsvr32 Initpki.dll /s, and then press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, type regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s, and then press ENTER.

 

After you re-register the above dll’s , you perform a software update scan.From than the updates will install normally.

 

Hope it helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MMS 2010 – an event to remember

6:15 pm in MMS2010 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi All,

I think most people have followed the early bits of my attempt to make it to MMS 2010 for my session on WMI for the System Center Configuration Administrator. But here is the full story.

As most of you know the airspace in Brussels closed down on Thursday, and the re-opening of the airspace got delayed a couple of hours at the time. As Kenny already blogged quite a few of the SCUG members decided to drive to Madrid and take a flight from there. Unfortunately by the time I figured airspace was not going to be re-opened on Sunday morning there were no tickets available in Madrid so I could join Kenny and the other SCUG members. That was the start of a pretty frustrating week, I went to the airport day-after-day to get my flight rescheduled to a waiting list the next day each time around.

On Thursday when the first transatlantic flights from Brussels started leaving again I got drafted for a seat on the flight to Chicago. So things brightened up slightly as my session had been reschedules to Friday morning. The flight to Chicago however got delayed for 1,5 hours, add a 2 hour border control line to that, and you can figure out that I didn’t make my connection to Las Vegas. The airline transferred me on to the next flight out to Las Vegas, but apparently this was my “lucky week” and the airplane on my rescheduled flight needed servicing, which meant they had to fly in another airplane from Philadelphia causing an additional delay of 1 hour 45 minutes. Eventually landed in Las Vegas 9:40 PM only to find out that my luggage didn’t make it. The airline service desk told me it would arrive on the next flight from Chicago, so I waited for awhile for that to arrive, but eventually gave up on that and had the airline ship my luggage to the hotel. Long story short, I arrived at the Palazo hotel at 10:30 PM. I promised event organizers Martin Dey and Lyndy Hailey that I would do everything within my power to make it there, and well a promise is a promise.

And now for the good news, had a good night of sleep at the Palazo, got up bright & early, and was totally “in the zone” to deliver my session. That Friday morning nothing could have stopped me, I was going to deliver a killer-session no matter what. And so I did, I went on stage and delivered my session, wide awake adrenaline pumping like mad. I didn’t just deliver my session, I don’t usually brag about my performances but this time around I rocked! I delivered the best-scoring session of the systems management track although Greg Ramsey (Powershell and SCCM: Better toghether) Sherry Kissinger (Hardware Inventory of custom DCM to ensure compliant systems) and all the program managers in The ConfigMgr product team (ConfigMgr vNext Ask the panel of experts ) made me work my magic mojo pretty hard to achieve that.

It didn’t stop there though, on top of scoring the best systems management session, I managed to score a top 10 overall session and finished 8th in the overall sessions at MMS 2010. Needless to say, it has been one hell of a trip, but it has been worth it. I only got beaten by some true rock stars like (Mark Minasi, Michael Niehaus, Travis Wright and Johan).

Yes that’s Johan Arwidmark, but within our industry he entered the group of people that you know by just mentioning their first names like Bono and Cher.

 

I delivered 2 great demo’s got to announce the release and promote sccmautodoc (more on that later or mail sccmautodoc@oscc.be for ordering info), and have been living on a cloud ever since. (Never new “The Cloud” experience was this intense).

Here are some of the comments I liked best on the eval sheets:

 

Funny speaker! The power he just gave admins here is HUGE! Bring him back next year.

glad you could make it to the conference. This session was very beneficial!!!!! thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!!

Kim did a great job of showing how we can use WMI more efectively, as SCCm admins

The MYIT speakers/presenters are very good, presenting the real world and not just MS propaganda

And this one is what I did it for:

Thanks for flying in. You are amazing. We are not worthy!

 

In the end the trip was hell, and I didn’t get to see much of the event, but to me it was worth it.

ConfigMgr 2007 R3 : Officially Beta has been released for download on connect !

5:46 pm in ConfigMgr2007 R3, R3, SCCM 2007 R3 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta has been released today during Brad Anderson’s Keynote !

If you are a member of the Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Open Beta program you can download at this Connection via the downloads tab. (http:\\connect.microsoft.com)

Feedback can be provided using the Feedback tool and also available is discussions via the Newsgroups where you can post comments and ask questions.

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Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

SCCM : State of the union @ MMS-2010

5:15 am in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, mms, MMS2010, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 SP2, SCCM v.Next, sccm2007 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Let me start by saying that it has been a great State of the union , and for those of you that didn’t make it this year, that they are working in the Systems Center Configuration Manager Space. Make sure you are here next year, because you are missing out on a lot of great stuff with Josh Pointer & Bill Anderson.

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I was really surprised when they showed this slide . They even called me on stage ! I was really touched …( read the real story at http://scug.be/blogs/sccm/archive/2010/04/19/mms-2010-the-road-trip-continued-we-have-made-it-but.aspx )

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But now , lets continue with the serious stuff . I will try to give you a good overview of what has been said during the “State of the Union” below. There was a lot of valuable info today.

What the ConfigMgr team did the previous 12 months for people who really didn’t know yet :

  • They released ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 ,
  • They released the ConfigMgr dashboards
  • They released the new Application Compatibillity Toolkit 5.5
  • They released a 64 bit management pack for SCOM
  • They released SCAP
  • The documentation team created some :

 

What the ConfigMgr team additionally learned :

  • 1/3 of the total ConfigMgr traffic on the Asset Intelligence service had an uptake in the last 3 months
  • With recent uptake on AI, the ConfigMgr team learned that there are new gaps in title and categorization that they need to invest into.

 

What the ConfigMgr team will do in the next 12 months :

For ConfigMgr 2007 :

  • The documentation team will :
  • Targeted for 2010 there will be releases for adobe patch management thru SCUP ( system center update publisher ).There is an agreed principle that Adobe will be ready at least before the end of this year for Adobe Reader and Acrobat products:

 

    • Supporting Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
    • Leveraging Microsoft System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP)
    • Hosted as catalogs at Adobe for automatic download by SCUP
    • Products: Adobe Reader and Acrobat (Versions still being determined)
    • All updates – Quarterly and Out-of-Cycle Updates (New major versions under consideration)
    • Simultaneous with the rest of Adobe Reader and Acrobat deliverables

 

  • Shavlik has released a new plugin for SCUP called SCUPdates ( multivendor ) . (see www.shavlik.com) . Shavlik Data Team maintains updates for multiple vendor products such as Adobe, Apple, Citrix – in a single catalog file.
  • Config Mgr R3 : Yes , it still isn’t off the radar.

 

For ConfigMgr V.next :

Let me start by saying that SCCM v.Next is still minimum 1 year away, so I will start with the stuff that is more or less targeted for release dates (however it can always change). They said during the “State of the union” that the development cycles are longer then the ones for SMS 2.0

  • Beta 1 – May 2010
  • Beta 2 – Q1 CY 2011
  • RTM – H2 CY 2011

 

Here are some readiness tips for V.next :

  • System Requirements :
    • Site servers and site roles require 64-bit OS (distribution points are an exception)
    • Distribution points are an exception (32 bit is supported for standard DP’s)
    • SQL 2008 SP1 with CU6 (64 bit) needed
    • SQL reporting is the only reporting left (web based reporting is gone)
  • Hierarchy :
    • Flatten the Configmgr 2007 hierarchy
    • Start implementing branch cache
    • Start learning about SQL replication
    • Best practices – AD Sites for site boundaries, UNC paths for source content, Break up collections that contain both users and devices
  • The new ConfigMgr V.next App Model Helpers :
    • State based applications needs certain detection methods. Tip: Use App CI’s today for your applications to learn about this. SCUP is also a good tool for this
    • Rules vs Queries . Tip: Use DCM today to learn how to author settings and rules as experience will be the same.

 

What about the partnership with Citrix ?

Configmgr/Xenapp Relationship :

  • Long term collaboration on user centric architecture and experiences
  • Integration that drives core product designs of both ConfigMgr and XenApp
  • Logical next step in 20+ year MS/Citrix relationship

Xenapp Connector for Configmgr :

  • Offer a single, integrated view and management of all enterprise applications
  • Extend ConfigMgr applications to a broader set of users, devices and access scenarios
  • Advanced automation with ConfigMgr delivers applications and updates to XenApp servers without impacting users
  • Citrix Dazzle enables self service access to XenApp delivered applications from any device
  • Available in June 2010 ( could still change )

Configmgr V.next & Xenapp V.next :

  • Citrix XenApp & ConfigMgr V.next will align on user centric computing vision
  • Citrix will build upon ConfigMgr V.Next as a best practice for enterprise application management
  • Citrix will continue to integrate XenApp application delivery into future versions of ConfigMgr v.next

We will talk soon about it when we have our “Best of MMS” session in Belgium, Make sure that you register on the following link ; http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-be/ff628215.aspx

 

Hope it helped ,

Kenny Buntinx

MMS-2010 : The Road trip continued … We have made it , but ….

5:57 am in mms, MMS2010 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

As explained in other posts as well , almost all European airports where closed . Well that wasn’t good enough for us as explained in the previous posts :

http://scug.be/blogs/mike/archive/2010/04/17/mms-2010-the-roadtrip.aspx

http://scug.be/blogs/sccm/archive/2010/04/17/mms-2010-the-road-trip-continued.aspx

 

Well , two founding members and one member of the Scug.be community ( Alex Verkinderen (SCOM MVP) , Kurt Vanhoucke (SCSM expert) and Dieter wijckmans ) left already on friday evening to Madrid airport to grab the last two seats on Saturday ….

Ourselfs , also a founding member and two other members of the Scug.be community ( Kenny Buntinx (SCCM MVP) , Mike Resseler (SCE , SCDPM expert) and Arne Peeleman ) left on saturday noon to Madrid airport to grab the last tree seats on Sunday ….

But there is also some sad news :

We lost the following Scug.be members as well due to various reasons :

  • Kim Oppalfens (SCCM MVP & SCUG founding member)
  • Gino D’hooker (SCUG Member)
  • Yves Janssene (SCUG Founding Member)

We still hope that some guy’s can still make it !!

If there are any spelling mistakes , sorry , but I am exhausted

Kenny Buntinx

I Sooo fricking hate volcano’s

7:25 pm in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi All,

UPDATE:

My flight unfortunately IS canceled now, I am on a waiting list to fly out Tuesday morning. We are investigating alternative ways of delivering the presentation such as livemeeting.

If you think we should than post a comment here.

 

I was/am scheduled to leave for the Microsoft Management Summit to present 2 sessions on WMI for the System Center Configuration Manager administrator.

My flight should leave tomorrow morning at 11:25am local time in Belgium, the Volcano ash is keeping the airport closed till 8:00 AM for now.

If my flight does get canceled I’ll try and see whether I can still make it over there to present the session topics as I have some pretty funky things to demo.

 

If everyone keeps his fingers crossed than I honestly belief I will still make it somehow.

 

 

Kind regards,

and hoping to still make it.

 

Enjoy.

MMS-2010 : The Road trip continued

8:16 am in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi ,

As our fellow Scug crew member Mike Resseler already has written on the following link “http://scug.be/blogs/mike/archive/2010/04/17/mms-2010-the-roadtrip.aspx” about our planned road Trip.

I will be traveling with them and we will try to twitter as much as possible at my twitteraccount “KennyBuntinx” .

You ask yourself probably why are these guys that crazy ? To write it in one word  : Dedication !

I really need to be there on Monday for some Instructor Led Labs on ConfigMgr V.next.

So lets hope for all the best that the road trip to Madrid will not be for nothing , because then I take a week vacation over there in Madrid to relieve my stress .

 

Twitter you later  ,

Kenny Buntinx

 

EDIT: Typo corrected by Kim

Best of MMS 2010 event in BELGIUM

12:45 pm in Best of MMS, mms by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Best of MMS 2010 will provide the opportunity to learn more about IT Management solutions from Microsoft and how you can adopt them in your datacenter.

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft.

This year 5 of our Belgian Experts from the System Center User Group will attend the MMS event in Las Vegas and bring back all the valuable information and present them to the Belgian IT Professionals.
You have the choice to either attend this event in person or follow it by using live meeting.

The Agenda of the day:.

 

  • Overview of announcements made at MMS in Las Vegas
  • System Center Configuration Manager vNext
  • The top 20 “Must Have “ customizations in Operations Manager
  • Introduction into Opalis
  • What’s new and what changed in Data Protection Manager 2010
  • What to Expect from Service Manager
  • Technical Overview of System Center Essentials 2010

 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity and register now for this free event on the following link : http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-be/ff628215.aspx ! Seats are limited for the offline event , but you can always join us on the livestream!!

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

SCCM Report : Count of all instances of software registered with Add or Remove Programs that you want to list

6:32 pm in Uncategorized by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Did you ever want to list your software counts for your licenses. Did management ever requested a report like that. Well below you will find the query code to do that . I am pretty sure there are still better ways to do it , but hey I am a novice in SQL reporting …When I have figured out a better way , because it is really static right now , I’ll post it anyhow .

*************The query *************

select
    DisplayName0,
    Version0,
    Count (Distinct arp.ResourceID)
From
    dbo.v_Add_Remove_Programs ARP
Where
    DisplayName0 in ( ‘Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003′,’Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003′,’Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007′,’Microsoft Office Standard 2007′,’Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007′,’Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003′,’Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003′,’Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003′,’Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007′,’Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003′,’Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2007′,’Microsoft Visual Studio 2005′,’Microsoft Visual Studio 2008′,’Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition – ENU’,’Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite – ENU’,’Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition – ENU’,’ Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition’,’Microsoft SQL Server 2005′,’Microsoft SQL Server 2000′,’Microsoft Project 2000 SR-1′,’Microsoft Project 2000′,’Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Professional’,’Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Standard’,’Microsoft Exchange’)

Group by
    DisplayName0,
    Version0
Order by
    DisplayName0,
    Version0

*************The query *************

The outcome of the report ;

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Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx