Thursday, November 27, 2008

IIS 7 Reporting Point

Well I had some issues setting up my Server 2008 Reporting point. Part of it could be that I had never used 2008 / IIS7 so I was flying kinda blind. After setting up the reporting point I found that I could only see the web reports when I use the address http://localhost/SMSReporting_XXX if I used the server name in place of the localhost then I would recieve the following error:

"You do not have permission to view this directory or page"
“HTTP Error 401.3 – Unauthorized”

Now I thought this was odd since I group "SMS Reporting Users" set for the correct users. Well after searching the web and confirming I had everything setup, I decided to look at everything else.

I found the the section "Authorization Rules" should have the following IIS setting for the SMSReporting_XXX folder in IIS. Authrized roles: "SMS Reporting Users"

As soon as I did this the reporting point accepted a login/pwd and worked with the server

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Well yesterday in the middle of repairing a crashed Primary Site I took my SCCM exam

Preparation Guide for Exam 70-401
TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring

I passed with a 942! This is a little better than what I did on my SMS exam. I was hoping to take the exam in September but things just kept coming up so last week I scheduled my exam. Of course I wasn't expecting a server failure. I was dreading the server problem and how I would do on the test. I had a massive headache by the end of the day but it paid off!!! I wish there were diagrams on the exam. It was hard but good.

I would suggest that people looking at taking the exam brush up on where and what WebDav is used for and authentication between forests.

MMS 2009 Call for sessions

Well ironically I predicted that the Call for session would go live today and it did

I hope to put together another session for this year. The difference is that I will see about doing a co-presentation.

Monday, November 10, 2008

MMS 2009

Well it looks like the MMS 2009 site is now up and running. Submit a content survey to help Microsoft and don't forget to register starting Dec 9.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Collection query of multiple collections

Say you want to create a collection that was the combination of multiple collections. Well below is just one method you can use to pull systems from other collections.
You will first need to find the collection IDs and replace xxxxxxx1 with the ids

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ResourceId in (select ResourceId from SMS_CM_RES_COLL_xxxxxxx1) or ResourceId in (select ResourceID from SMS_CM_RES_COLL_xxxxxxx2) or ResourceId in (select ResourceID from SMS_CM_RES_COLL_xxxxxxx3)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blog Accepted at

Looks like my blog has now been added to the TechNet Events Bloggers

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Advertisment ran even though it was disabled

There are a few times that you might see an advertisment kick off even though it is disabled or set to run in the future, why is that?

Well lets say you set an advertisment to run 3 months in the future and all machines pick it up. A month later a machine is turned off and remains off. The admin discovers a problem and disables the adv or sets the date even farther into the future. When the machine is finally turned on it might not pick up the policy in time to stop and it could kick off. Is this a common occurance, no. It is just a split second decision that the client makes and it chooses wrong. We typically see it with adv that are set to ASAP with no user logged in. The client will execute what it knows to be the correct order until the new policy is retrieved.

Monday, November 3, 2008

MMS 2009

As some of you know I presented at MMS 2008 and I am looking to submit a topic to MMS 2009. Registration begins 12/9/2008

on myITforum a person asked when we expect MMS 2009 to open. Well if you use Google :) you can watch the site slowly come up.

Per when registrations and call for sessions:

Last year it happend just before Thanksgiving. It looks like they are getting ready for it. - blank
The old text has been ported over now but they need to modify it.
I think it will be announced in the next 2 weeks with the dead line around the end of December again

Watch here for information