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  1. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 2 (Installation)

    by , 26th January 2012 at 10:16 PM
    Welcome to Part 2 of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series – desigined to show you how to get a basic setup up and running in a day not a week!

    So, Im guessing you’ve gone through Part 1 – and are now ready to get on with the actual install.

    You will be needing those two AD accounts - SCCMAdmin and SCCMClient – so make sure you have them ready.

    Starting the Install

    STOP – SCCM needs to extend the AD Schema. If you have ...
  2. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4 (Task Sequences and OSs)

    by , 18th January 2012 at 11:57 AM
    This post is going to seem very odd - as it is Part 4 of a series, where Ive only published Part 1 so far! Bear with me, there is a reason...

    A lot of my blogs recently have covered areas I get asked about a lot - and this one came up today!

    Take the scenario, you are sending out your OS Builds to Machines, and also you are letting staff choose from your catalog of software to install themselves.

    Problem - your OS install also shows in the list, so technically ...
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  3. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 1 (Pre-req's)

    by , 8th January 2012 at 05:10 PM
    Ive had a lot of contact from people asking about installing System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) – having all sorts of issues with it. Normally – this install and config to the basics of doing a build and capture, through to the end game of it deploying your network clients for you!

    Im not going to cover AD or DHCP – other than saying have 2 accounts setup ready to use, something like SCCMAdmin and SCCMClient. Make sure that you arent running SCCM on the same server as DHCP; ...
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  4. System Centre Operations Manager 2007 on Server 2008 R2 with SQL Cluster 2008 R2

    by , 8th January 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Ok – so, most of you know I love System Centre products – and after getting SCCM (System Centre Configuration Manger) setup nicely (I will blog on this, as lots of people seem to have a problem getting this up and running in less than a day) – it was time to play with its partner in crime SCOM (System Centre Operations Manager).

    Introduction
    What exactly is Operations Manager? Well, it revolves around an agent on the computer to be monitored. The agent watches that computer, ...
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  5. Remote Desktop for Thin Client… Part 2!

    by , 30th December 2011 at 04:31 PM
    Introduction
    This article is a continuation, and update on the changes made since the original article published earlier in the year.

    A bit of background to start with… in Summer 2011, I started a big modernisation project at the Academy I took over at. When I started, we were still on Windows XP across the desktops. To take us to Windows 7 presented a problem – the specs of some machines prevented it. I had a significant number of Celeron 1.6’s and 1.9’s. Although I tested ...
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  6. Centrally managing Signatures in Outlook and OWA - the free way

    by , 17th November 2011 at 11:28 PM
    Introduction
    Right... as part of a corporate branding exercise - I have been working on sorting out the email signature front.

    Before everyone says it - yes, I know you can do a "sort of solution" on the Exchange server. Im not going to cover that one in this post - as its more designed for Disclaimers. If you want to know more on that - Google "Exchange Transport Rule Disclaimer".

    Why not Exchange Transport Rules
    Back to this post ...

    Updated 18th November 2011 at 09:43 AM by TheScarfedOne

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  7. Managing Printers in a Remote Desktop Environment

    by , 15th November 2011 at 02:00 PM
    Introduction
    So, regular readers of my blog will know that we run quite an extensive Remote Desktop Environment at my new School. This poses for some interesting issues when dealing with printing - so a rethink on the traditional methods was needed.

    Traditional Printer Scripting
    Lets start at the beginning - with the "old-school" method of printer mappings. Usually, this was achieved with a good old-fashioned batch script, ala Drive Mappings. Not content with ...

    Updated 17th November 2011 at 11:41 PM by TheScarfedOne

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  8. Windows 7 (and Vista) Roaming Profiles... and resetting them

    by , 11th October 2011 at 02:07 PM
    I use roamin profiles - and I know that people have their own views on using them, so no flaming please! I use it for all users, and combine it with folder redirection to for speed and efficiency.

    Here is an outline of my setup then... and some links to getting it set up the same way if you are so inclined.

    All userdata is stored on SAN paths, mapped through DFS. But, but could have this on single servers equally, and it would work just fine. The root path is \\DNSNAME\Network\ ...
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  9. Start Menu and Desktop Redirection

    by , 9th October 2011 at 12:00 AM
    Hello again! This one wanders off into slightly differenet territory for my normal blogging - but its one Ive had lots of questions about recently. Its also been a fairly busy one on the forums too, so here is a reasonably definative guide on how to get it working properly...

    1. Create a server side copy of your structure
    Sounds simple, but how many times this isnt done properly never ceases to amaze me. Now, some poeple I know wont like what Im about to recommend, but trust ...

    Updated 11th October 2011 at 02:18 PM by TheScarfedOne (Added screenshots)

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  10. Shutting down machines with Group Policy Preferences

    by , 29th September 2011 at 09:21 AM
    Ok, so - some of you have tried to put this in place and have not had much luck with it. I use this one a lot, as it saves additional software - and it is just nice to have everything all in one place.

    How to do it properly then...

    1 Create a NEW GPO... yes I said new. Don't go adding this to exisitng ones as when you want to change the time for different machines - you will be stuffed (well you could use item level targetting -but thats a bit out of the reach of this ...
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