Thursday, January 29, 2009

App-V First Application

Well I finally had a chance to work on some Virtual Applications. I have virtualized Real Player and now QuickTime. I am hoping to remove them from computers so I can easily update them or just quickly remove them from the machines when the software needs to be patched.

Real player doesn't have a nice uninstaller. Only part of it is silent and it leaves behind folders that make app-v applications crash. This is due to App-v seeing a c:\program files\real folder.

When I did Quicktime I wanted to make sure that the IE plugin worked as well. This was easier that I though it would be. Just after Quicktime installs I open IE and launch a page that has an embedded quicktime movie. I install the activeX control and then stop the app-v install. Next at the window where you can remove application I simply add a shortcut to c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe. I make the shortcut name "Internet Explorer with Quicktime" This link is placed in the Quicktime shortcut folder.

One thing I will mention is that although IE 7 had all my shortcuts, favorite, history etc the home page opened to my default homepage that I set with the IE deployment tool. So it only carries over some of my settings. But the end result is IE that plays quicktime. Now I can elminate part of the security problems as well as installations/uninstalls from SCCM.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Configuration Manager Team blog

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog
The official blog of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Product Group

Here you will find information about Configuration Manager directly from people working directly on it at Microsoft.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MMS 2009 Session list live

You can now look at the session list for MMS. Note that they are currently in a state of flux so sessions might be added, removed or changed. Hands on labs are not yet published

Below is the abstract of my presentation with Greg Ramsey, also an MVP.

SY35 Configuration Manager 2007 Console Extensions
Speaker(s): Greg Ramsey, Matthew Hudson

Track(s): Systems Management
Session Type(s): Breakout Session
Products(s): Configuration Manager 2007
This session will focus on how to setup Configuration Manager to use console extensions, what parameters can be passed, how to use them to reduce time on mundane task, and increase efficiency to support your Site. Console Extensions allow the administrator to "right click" on objects and resources to perform certain functions. Commands include but not limited to: Policy refresh, inventory, collection listing, restart, reports, client log viewing, and administrative functions. Learn where to find these and other tools and how you can add them to your site. Attendees will not need programming experience for this session but will be taught basic understanding of the XML structure which is required to utilize console extensions.

Monday, January 26, 2009

ConfigMgr 2007 VHD

Here is a link to the Configuration Manger 2007 VHD. Use any of the Micrsoft Virtual Machine programs to pull in this file. Now you can test and evaluate SCCM to see what you think.

You might noticed that there was a VHD a while back but the link died. Here is your chance to pull it down. It is quite large and seperated into parts.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Presenter at MMS 2009

Well I had a quiet prediction that this week or early next week would be the time frame Microsoft would annouce the line of up presenters. As it turns out I recieved an email early this morning that my presentation would be used.

Greg Ramsey, MVP and I cross paths last year at MMS and we also had parts of our presenations that crossed. So I asked him if he wanted to do a joint presentation. When it is officially posted, I will link and copy over the abstract. We will presenting on SCCM console extensions and how to set them up /create them.

Monday, January 19, 2009

How deploy a certain application

Many times we all search for something like "How to deploy adobe" or something similar for SMS or SCCM. A nice place to start is AppDeploy
They have a user base of applications and versions where you can lookup how to deploy a certain application and problems you might have. I like to start here as well.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Configuration Manager MVPS 2009

Congrats to the latest MVPS for Jan 2009

John Nelson – US
John Marcum – US
Matthew Hudson – US
Rob Marshall – UK
Adrian Stoian – Romania
Binheng Wang – China
Zhiwen Ma – China

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The ConfigMgr Advanced Client encountered a certificate .... that could not be verified

Have you seen this error message after modifying the Site Certficates on your SCCM 2007 site?

Advanced Client encountered a certificate for Management Point XXX that could not be verified. Message ID 10822

Well if you have the certificates fix then the client will work correctly by sending data and receiving advertisments. The problem is that the cached certs need to be refreshed so the old info is removed.

To do this you need to repair the client. If you change the push setting to include the following command RESETKEYINFORMATION=TRUE or login script "CCMSetup.exe RESETKEYINFORMATION=TRUE " etc

Now you simply need to right click on the client and select Repair and you should see "The SMS Advanced client was repaired. The current version is 4.00.6221.1000" or something similar.

About Configuration Manager Client Installation Properties

Thursday, January 1, 2009

MVP 2009 in Configuration Manager

Well happy New Year!!!

Today I received a MVP welcome email
Here is an abridged version....


Dear Matthew Hudson,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.

At Microsoft, we believe that technical communities enhance people’s lives and the industry’s success because independent experts, like you, help others extract greater value from products and technologies through the free and objective exchange of knowledge. As a Microsoft MVP, you are part of a highly select group of experts that represent technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

On behalf of everyone at Microsoft, thank you for your contributions to technical communities.

Where have I been active in the last year:
This Blog... (a new website I have been bringing up)
Microsoft Technet forum for Configuration Manager
Old Community Newsgroups for SMS
Bug reports for SCCM
MS Documentaiton errors for SCCM