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Month: April 2015

Sponsor Me Please

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In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care I will be abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge on the 7th June with several friends. This event is run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of South Queensferry. The abseil is 165ft from the bridge onto the beach below. Not sure whether I’ll be doing the abseil crying, screaming or laughing – no matter what way I complete the abseil it is sure to be a great experience while raising money for a great charity….

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vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2e – Build 2646482

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2e – Build 2646482

Am working on a VMware 5.5 environment at the moment and am trying to get it up to date as it’s been lying dormant for about 6 months.  So one of the first tasks I had on my to-do list was to update the vCenter server to the latest version so I could update the ESXi hosts. Stumbled across a problem, one being the vCenter server was running the appliance version of the product which is Linux/web based (never seen…

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WMI Filters

WMI Filters

More often than not when deploying Group Policy you need to target specific types of machine, or OS, or architecture and do this you need to use WMI filters. Here are some helpful tips on what the numbers you are using mean: WMI Win32_OperatingSystem ProductType: ProductType 1 = Desktop OSProductType 2 = Server OS – Domain ControllerProductType 3= Server OS – Non domain controller WMI Win32_OperatingSystem Version: 5.1 – Windows XP 5.2 – Windows Server 2003 5.2.3 – Windows Server…

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Lync changing to Skype

Lync changing to Skype

As I’m sure some of you are aware Lync is being re-branded “Skype for Business”.  Those using Lync Online with Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business Premium or Office 2013 will see the new Skype for Business client replace the Lync client, this is due to roll out within the April patching updates.  *Note today is Patch Tuesday* This update will change the UI experience for the end user, if you are concerned about the change to your users I…

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SCOM 2012 R2 Autogrowth settings are static!

SCOM 2012 R2 Autogrowth settings are static!

After using SCOM 2012 R2 for a few weeks we started to get “Free Space Low” alerts for it’s own databases. On investigation the default SQL instance has been setup with Autogrowth set to None.  So remember to change this to something more appropriate after installation or you’ll soon run into some issues. As a minimum I changed the settings to be: MOM Data Initial size: 5000MBAutogrowth: 1000MB, unlimited MOM LogInitial size: 1000MBAutogrowth: 100MB, unlimited Please follow and like us:0

Deploying Windows Update (.msu) with SCCM

Deploying Windows Update (.msu) with SCCM

I was recently packaging up an application for SCCM and one of the pre-requisites of this application was that a Windows Update (.msu) had to be installed. In order to package up this Windows Update and deploy it as an application I did the following: To silently install the update I ran the following command within the application deployment –wusa.exe KBxxxxxx.msu /quiet /norestart In the detection method tab, set the option to “Use a custom script to detect the presence…

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Sponsor Me Please

Sponsor Me Please

In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care I will be abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge on the 7th June with several friends. This event is run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of South Queensferry. The abseil is 165ft from the bridge onto the beach below. Not sure whether I’ll be doing the abseil crying, screaming or laughing – no matter what way I complete the abseil it is sure to be a great experience while raising money for a great charity….

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Where has the System Centre Management service gone?

Where has the System Centre Management service gone?

Have been doing some work with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 R2 this week and after some changes I had to restart the SCOM agent service to make them take effect.  Only I couldn’t find the “System Center Management” service to do this however, it appears Microsoft has rebranded the service and it’s now called the “Microsoft Monitoring Agent” service. Along with the rebranding of the service, Microsoft have added functionality to the agent.  It now has standalone features….

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PowerShell Execution Settings SCCM Agent

PowerShell Execution Settings SCCM Agent

If you are using any kind of PowerShell commands within your SCCM application deployments you and are having issues getting the commands to run because of the the PowerShell Execution Policy level then a way around it is to do the following: Within the SCCM console go to Administration > Client Settings > Open Default Client Settings Click on Computer Agent Set the PowerShell Execution Policy to Bypass Click OK This setting will take a while to roll out to…

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