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ConfigMgr 2012: Always including certain files in your Boot Images

Back in the ConfigMgr 2007 days, I wrote a similar blog called ConfigMgr OSD: Always including certain files in your Boot Images -think Trace32.  I figured it was time to create a similar one for ConfigMgr 2012 since some things have changed.  Even though CMTrace is now included in the boot image by default, there are still a few other utilities that I find useful to inject.  Plus, I do not like the fact that CMTrace is not in the path and you have to locate it in order to launch it (i.e. m [...]

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How does Nomad determine network bandwidth and protect your network? Ping? Nope. Try Reverse QoS instead

Network Ping, DiffServ, QoS or something special? There are lots of ways to calculate network bandwidth. A network ping can determine WAN speed but this is not ideal as many organizations disable ICMP for many security reasons. Windows firewall alone blocks a lot of ping traffic by default due to the inherent security issues that can be associated by it. DiffServ can give good Quality of Service (QoS) but requires hardware investment that can utilize this technology not to mention some sol [...]

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Best Practices for Nomad Upgrades

Troy Martin and I have been very pleased to make the Nomad Upgrade Guide available to you and to have been able to present this blog series on the topic. I want to finish by focusing on the best practices for Nomad upgrades (and ConfigMgr upgrades that include Nomad). We should start by remembering that best practices are generally the best approach but not necessarily the best in all cases. You might have extenuating circumstances that make it more appropriate to use a different practice. An [...]

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Nomad and Binary Differential Replication

Recent conversations have made me think that a blog on how Nomad works with RDC and Binary Differential Replication (BDR) in ConfigMgr would be a good thing.  If you all don't mind, I'll take the next few minutes to explain how Nomad handles the retrieval of changed package content. Let's forget Nomad for a moment.  In the native ConfigMgr environment you create a package.  You deploy that package out your clients and in a (relatively) short time you have the content installed on your mac [...]

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1E Nomad and IIS Request Filtering

A ConfigMgr client uses HTTP or HTTPS to get content from a distribution point (DP) when running a deployment that requires content. IIS has a built in function called IIS Request Filtering which blocks certain file extensions, folders and file names. Some examples include: <filename>.resx (file extensions) Visual C++ (double escaping) \bin folder (hidden segments) The ConfigMgr client doesn’t get blocked when downloading content from a ConfigMgr DP over HTTP or HTTPS. This is bec [...]

SCCM 2012 Application Deployment Methodology Best Practice

Configuration Manager 2012 Application Deployment Methodology Best Practice

In the spirit of 1E’s dedication to being a strong advocate of the Configuration Manager community, here is something for all of you currently either digging through your Configuration Manager 2012 upgrade or planning to do so: SCCM 2012 Application Deployment Methodology Best Practice. This best practice white paper will come in handy when looking to leverage Application Management and adapting that to reliable/repeatable operational process. With Configuration Manager 2012 came the birth [...]

How to Get the Most Out of SCCM 2012

White Paper – How to Get the Most Out of SCCM 2012

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (“ConfigMgr” or “SCCM”) has been well received by organizations of all types and sizes around the world. Its predecessor, 2007 went EOL in June, and many of the organizations that 1E works with have moved to 2012, are moving to it, or have imminent plans to do so. If you are preparing to upgrade or are in the midst of such a project, this is the ideal time to expedite your project, minimize your costs, and maximize the benefits from [...]

OSD over Direct Access using ConfigMgr and Nomad

OSD over Direct Access using ConfigMgr and Nomad

IT administrators at some point in time have been stumped with the challenge of building machines over a “Direct Access” connection. Many enterprises manage their IT environment with Direct Access and have been looking for a scalable and flexible solution to address this problem. Sumeeth Evans, VP IT, Pedcor Companies, collaborated with 1E to develop a solution that met his very challenging requirements. Sumeeth and Apurv Gupta (Senior Consultant, 1E) describe their solution and approach [...]

A New ConfigMgr Start

A New ConfigMgr Start

The time is fast approaching for Microsoft System Center 2007 Configuration Manager to fall out of support, and with the great new features of ConfigMgr 2012 you may find yourself with the task of designing your ConfigMgr 2012 hierarchy. There are two ways to approach a ConfigMgr 2012 design: either look at the ConfigMgr 2007 environment that has served you well, if you have one, and reproduce the same hierarchy for your new ConfigMgr 2012 design, or start afresh with a new hierarchy. I recomm [...]

Is BranchCache Right For Your Organisation? - A new whitepaper

Is BranchCache Right For Your Organization? – A new whitepaper

As experts in content distribution for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (known as ConfigMgr or SCCM), we at 1E occasionally get questions about whether including Microsoft’s BranchCache technology will provide the benefits to enable a reduction in the server infrastructure required for an enterprise design. We’re passionate about everything related to content distribution and so one of my colleagues, Paul Thomsen, recently updated our in-depth analysis of BranchCache and its u [...]