You are browsing the archive for 2011 March.

ConfigMgr 2012 : Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit for CM07

8:21 pm in ConfigMgr 2012 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

The Configuration Manager team is pleased to release a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit. This tool is designed to assist organizations in their migrations from Configuration Manager 2007, to Configuration Manager 2012. Below are some details and links for more information and access to the download.

What is the Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit?

The Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit is designed to assist organizations in migrating their environments from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012. This primary scenario this tool assists is situations where remote Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 site servers need to be retained during the side-by-side migration process to Configuration Manager 2012. There may be other applications of the tool.

How does this Tool help organizations?

The product enables customers to convert Configuration Manager 2007 site servers to Virtual Machines (VHD) files and restage the server as a Hyper-V host with the created VHD. By converting the existing site servers into Virtual Machines at remote locations, customers can re-use the same hardware (given sufficient resources) to stand-up a Configuration Manager 2012 site server and perform the side-by-side migration.

Where can I download?

All pre-release versions are made available through the Connect website which enables feedback directly to the P2V migration toolkit development team during the Community Technology Preview phase:

https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/program6835

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Scug Rocks! at MMS 2011

3:25 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, MMS-2011, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hello All,

 

Got back from MMS 2011 and finally rested enough to get going again, but man what a great event this was once more. I am especially glad with how well the different SCUG members at the convention did, not just me, but also Kenny and Mike did an outstanding job, some more details below, singing the praises of SCUG.

First of all, we had 3 people from SCUG Belgium presenting, me, Kenny and Mike all had sessions to deliver.

Mike presented a breakout session on Data Protection Manager, Kenny presented an R3 powermanagement Birds of a Feather, and joined me in the Ask the experts panel for Configuration Manager, while I delivered 2 breakouts a joined presentation with my esteemed MVP colleague Jason Sandys and a WMI birds of a feather.

For those of you unaware of what Birds of a feather sessions are, here is how the MMS team describes them: “These informal sessions allow small (<75) groups of attendees to meet and discuss a topic of common interest peer-to-peer or with Microsoft or Industry experts. Bring your questions, your experiences and your curiosity to these gatherings moderated by Microsoft staff, Industry experts or your peers.”

And the verdict is out!

First and foremost, the best session of the event, based on Evaluations was Kenny’s PowerManagement in R3 session that he delivered together with our Finnish ConfigMgr MVP Panu. Kenny apparently had a good informal session with about a dozen configmgr admins around that, job well done. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend because of other obligations in my schedule. My WMI BOF session came in second session of the event, so SCUG on top, woohoo. (Caveat, The best evaluated session of the event was about Clould, but with 9 evals it hasn’t received the necessary 10 evals to be taken into account for the officical ranking, but still 2nd and 3rd are pretty well regardless).

If we look at the breakout scores only, since BOF’s are a bit more intimate and have a tendency to score higher evals most likely because of this. Just looking at the breakouts, Kenny and I scored an 8th place for the entire event together with some of our esteemed ConfigMgr MVP colleagues with the ConfigMgr ask the expert panel. And I scored a 9th place with my session on ConfigMgr eventing, so I am pretty happy with that. If we look at just ConfigMgr sessions the results are even more impressive.

Top 3 in the ConfigMgr sessions

  1. Take Configuration Manager Onto the Eventing Track.
  2. Configuration Manager 2012 – Ask the Panel of Experts
  3. Configuration Manager: Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

My session about developping ConfigMgr powershell commandlets, didn’t go over that well though and scored well below average. So I guess powershell isn’t for me, and I have to stick to what I know and what I do best, which looks to become WMI and eventing more and more.

Last but not Least!

Mike Resseler our Data Protection Manager MVP delivered what has got to be an outstanding presentation on DPM together with 3 co-presentors. I unfortunately could not attend since I was presenting at the same point in time my Powershell session. But Mike scored an evaluation score well above the average of the Operations Management track. For a first presentation for an audience this large, that is a huge accomplishment that didn’t go unnoticed. Mike received a last minute invite to go to Teched US and not deliver one but 2 presentations on Data Protection Manager at Microsoft’s largest technology event of the year.

Mike has just recently become an MVP, the poor fellow hasn’t even had time to organize his MVP Celebration dinner with his fellow MVP’s, but has scored an MMS presentation, 2 Teched US presentations and a Teched Israël presentation in his first year as an MVP. As we like to say in Belgium “Good Busy”. I know for a fact that I hadn’t achieved anything close to that in my first year as an MVP.

 

Enjoy.

"Everyone is an expert at something"

Kim Oppalfens – Sms Expert for lack of any other expertise
Windows Server System MVP – SMS
http://www.scug.be/blogs/sccm/default.aspx

http://www.linkedin.com/in/kimoppalfens

ConfigMgr: Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 is now supported on Configuration Manager 2007 R2/R3 with Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

5:51 am in App-V, AppV, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, ConfigMgr2007 R3, R3, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows7 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 with System Center Configuration Manager SP2 now supports Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 SP1 Desktop Client and Client for Remote Desktop Services.

This client release enables support for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

The following are the limitations and workaround to import App-V packages using Configuration Manager :

Configuration Manager fails to import App-V packages when there is more than one XML in the package folder. App-V Sequencer 4.6 SP1 creates the file Report.xml when creating an App-V package. Configuration Manager expects to find only one xml file in the package folder and will fail when it identifies more than one XML file in the folder. To work around this problem delete the file report.xml manually from the package folder before you import the App-V package.

No software updates are required.

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

ConfigMgr : Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 now Supported

5:47 am in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, ConfigMgr2007 R3, R3, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows7 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, R2 and R3 supports Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, R2 and R3 now supports the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems for client installation. The Configuration Manager console and branch distribution point are supported on these platforms. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is supported for all core and feature-specific site system roles.

The following software update is required to add Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to the Supported Platforms list:

  • KB 2489044 – Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 to add support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1 clients
  • KB 977203 – User state migration is unsuccessful on a SCCM 2007 SP1 client or on a SCCM 2007 SP2 client

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

#MMS-2011: Configuration manager: “State of the union”

4:34 pm in Uncategorized 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, 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 on everything that is ConfigMgr related.

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 R3 ,
  • They released the FEP 2010 integration
  • They released the Security compliance manager version 1.0
  • They released SC ConfigMgr integration pack for Opalis
  • They released the Xenapp 6.0 connector
  • The finally end sms 2.0 extended support on april 12 2011

 

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

For ConfigMgr 2007 :

  • Security compliance manager version 2.0 that will RTM may 2011
  • Nothing much after all Smile

 

For ConfigMgr 2012 :

  • Update ! : Beta2 is NOW available !
  • The #1 task they are focusing for releasing beta2 is “Bug fix , Bug fix , Bug fix”
  • They need to do a Massive search/replace project in UI and Docs ( that’s an inside joke )
  • SC Opalis will become orchestrator at Fall 2011 .It will has support for configMgr 2012
  • There will be a “Package conversion manager” to translate your “old” packages into the “new” appmodel . Expected release date for beta is the second quarter  of CY 2011
  • They will release a P2V tool for migration your current CM07 infra from physical to virtual.

 

The SUPER SECRET Announcement :

  • CM12 will support UNIX and Linux servers , but not in the initial RTM release of the CM12

Here are some readiness tips for ConfigMgr 2012:

The product group will release “How to” videos on connect .

  • TAP customer information
    • Tap customers for Beta 2 : 22 customers
    • Tap countries : 8 country’s
  • System Requirements :
    • Site servers and site roles require 64-bit OS (distribution points are an exception)
    • SQL 2008 (64 bit) is 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
    • Start converting to UNC paths if you don’t do it already
    • FEP2010 – wait for compatible version to arrive

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MMS 2011 is only 1 week away and SCUG.BE will be there…

4:17 pm in BOF, mms, MMS-2011 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Yes, MMS 2011 is in front of the door and it will be an exciting week. The complete SCUG team from Belgium will be there!

Myself (MVP SCCM), Kim Oppalfens (MVP SCCM) , Kurt Vanhoecke (SCSM), Alexandre Verkinderen (MVP SCOM) , Yves Janssens ( SCSM & SCOM ) & Mike Resseler ( MVP SCDPM ) will attend MMS in Vegas.

 

My schedule is made and I will have a more or less complete System Center Configuration Manager 2012 week.

I will also do some additional side work at MMS 2011 this year. Here is a little overview:

 

I will assist Wally Mead in the following proctoring labs :

  • Ballroom A Wed 2:15PM – 3:30PM Lab Proctor IA05 ILL: Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012
  • Ballroom A Thu 8:30AM – 9:45AM Lab Proctor IA05 ILL: Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

 

I will delivering the following “Birth of a feather”session together with Panu Saukko :

The ConfigMgr R3 release covers some very cool new features including power management for your clients. This will reduce your energy consumption which saves you costs and you build a Greener IT environment. But talking about the feature is something different than implementing it. In this Birds-of-a-feather session we will talk about best practices for implementing the R3 power management features, build on the experience that we had with our customers during the R3 TAP program.

I will also be available in the “Ask the experts” panel to answer your in-depth questions about ConfigMgr .

This session continues to be one of the most popular at MMS each year, where we bring together a panel of community experts to answer your burning management questions. As in previous years, any and all questions are acceptable, as you try to stump the carefully crafted community expert panel. Get help with your biggest technical issues back home or find out more about the latest product releases. Rod Trent, owner of myITforum.com, the largest internet systems management community, will moderate the session.

If you are an Belgian IT Pro , please let me know . It would be great to know and maybe meet up in Las Vegas.

See you all over there !

 

Kenny Buntinx