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  1. Some things from the field for SCCM saving my bacon on a massive system deployment...

    by , 11th August 2011 at 10:29 PM
    So, as you will have gathered from my recent blog posts... there is some serious systems change happening at my place!

    Quite simply put - without SCCM and Windows Thin PC, there is no way I could have got it done.

    THat being said... there were a few times I was pulling may hair out with it! So, this post is a heads up on what might go wrong... and in no particular order...

    1. Error 8004005 - Cannot retrieve policy for this computer and a reboot before ...

    Updated 11th August 2011 at 10:31 PM by TheScarfedOne

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  2. SCCM, SQL and Forefront Endpoint on HyperV - with a touch of Clustering

    by , 3rd August 2011 at 03:21 PM
    Couldnt quite work out what to call this blog post - as it ties so many different areas in together.

    As Ive written about before - Ive been busy doing a mass upgrade and virtualisation project at my new place. First step was getting the HyperV hosts all set up. That was a breeze, as was the SAN - all bar a bit of waiting whilst it all initialised.

    Once that was done, it was time to get the roles onto each of the nice new HyperV Clients. An SQL cluster, a pair of SCCM ...
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  3. Setting up my new system...

    by , 21st July 2011 at 09:24 AM
    OK - so some of you now know I moved on from my last School - where I was very vocal with Sharepoint and later SCCM.

    Well, now at my new Academy - we are going to get down and dirt with virtualization as well. You may have seen my last post about SCCM and AppV; and also Windows Thin PC - which is part of the story, and also our testing and QA process.

    Whats going in then? Well, to sort out the underpowering on the Server side - incoming 2 x Dell R710s with 300gb Raid ...
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  4. Laptop House Education Show: 17th June 2011

    by , 24th June 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Laptop House Education Show: 17th June 2011

    After a break of two years, it was time for these guys to have another Trade Show. Like last time, they didn’t disappoint! So, first for a bit of an intro…

    Laptop House are an independent IT equipment reseller founded in March 2002; and based just outside Stoke on Trent. They are able to supply major brands including Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Sony, Apple, Fujitsu & IBM, Promethean, Bretford, Smart and many more.
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  5. AppV Updates...

    by , 21st June 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Ok, so after I left you all wondering on the AppV score - I thought it was about time to show where we had go to...

    Well - progress is good, very good! AppV (as if it needed any more ranting and raving) is a seriously cool piece of kit. Take this one problem... using CS4 on out ICT Suite machines and to bring in CS5 would bring a learning curve for staff and students alike. Well, what if you could run the two side by side. Normally, not a chance, but with AppV you can. CS4 sequences ...
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  6. Pastures new, and time to start from scratch...

    by , 15th June 2011 at 04:25 PM
    So, yet again I find myself starting my blog with "Ive not written in ages, and here's why..."...!

    Well, first off - Ive moved workplaces. A number of you will already know that - but this blog is going to concentrate on essentially the setup of a new network on the side of the old one!

    Why did I move on? Well, after 5 years, all that could be achieved had been - and the system which Id written from scratch (ably assisted by my senior) was in a good state ...
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  7. Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install (and causes a Blue Screen system halt)

    by , 10th March 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Microsoft Recently released a Service Pack for Windows 7 and it has worked fine until it has been made available via WSUS/Windows Updates for Automatic Install. It has been known to cause a few problems where the system has halted upon startup with a Fatal Error as shown below:

    Fatal Error C0000034 applying update operation (Update 282 of 103814)

    Many people have turned to re-building the system but there is a fix to getting the system back up and running and it is ...
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  8. Fine Grained Password Policies

    by , 27th February 2011 at 10:51 PM
    Ok, something we are just about to implement - Password Policies for Staff. However, I hear you cry, you can only have one policy per domain - the "Default Domain Policy GPO". Yes - pre Server 2008 that is true...

    With Windows Server 2008 you will now be able to define different password account lockout policies within the same domain. Previously this was not possible and this was also one of the reasons many of our customers implemented multiple domains in their forest. ...
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  9. Windows 7 Updates which break things...

    by , 24th February 2011 at 03:05 PM
    OK - I know SP1 is now out - but in case you havent applied it yet, and arent going too - watch out for these two...

    Note - These are supposed to be rolled into SP1, supposed to be!

    Issue 1: If your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding at the “Please wait” screen before you are requested to press Ctrl+ALT+DEL.

    Lets say you try to start a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    However, the operating ...
  10. Spring Cleaning your AD

    by , 24th February 2011 at 01:35 PM
    That time of year again (well - for us anyway), after doing a load of machine rebuilds - and name changes etc - your AD may look a bit cluttered. Even more so as we moved from using RIS (groan - old tech alert) to SCCM...

    So - rather than resurrect some old threads, here is a collection of highly useful powershell scripts to hunt out those old computers and remove them or move them to another OU so you can spot them all together.

    Credit to original posters: Boz_l and ...
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