Hyper-V on Windows 8

This Blog post is based on the RTM version of Windows 8 desktop. One of the features that I am excited about with the Windows 8 desktop, is the ability to run a full-fledged Hyper-V virtual environment natively. I am a Systems Administrator by trade, and I constantly need to setup virtual machines (VMs) on…

SCCM 2012: Part VI – Endpoint Protection Manager Agent and Configuration Manager Agent Setup

Now that our hierarchy is configured and we have successfully installed and validated all of the Configuration Manager roles we will need, its time for us to configure the Agent and Endpoint Protection Policies. We’ll configure the Endpoint Protection default Policy settings first. Navigate to Assets and Compliance > Endpoint Protection > Antimalware Policies. Right-click…

SCCM 2012: Part V – System Configuration – Security and Roles

Here in Part V we’ll be performing more configuration of our SCCM 2012 environment. We’ll pick back up where we left off in Part IV, on the Administration tab of the SCCM console. Before we continue with the configuration of the site and adding new roles, we need to configure the Security section. By default,…

SCCM 2007 R3 Un-installation Error

While removing SCCM 2007 from a production server, I ran into the following error: The reason I was seeing this error was because my user account did not have appropriate  permissions to the remote DB instance. The uninstall uses the current logged in users’ permissions to perform all of these actions. I had someone on…

SCCM 2012: Part IV – Hierarchy Configuration

In Part III we completed the installation of System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Now we’ll turn our attention to setting the baseline for the SCCM console by configuring the necessary components in the Hierarchy Configuration section of the Administration page. Make sure you are already inside of the SCCM Console. If not, click Start >…

SCCM 2012: Part III – Installation

In Part I we completed the preparation of Active Directory, along with our SCCM Management Point and SQL Server. In Part II we setup the SCCM Certificate templates, created Group Policies for our clients, and setup all of the proper certificates on our SCCM Management Point. Now we have finally reached the point here in…

SCCM 2012: Part II – Certificate Configuration

In Part I, we covered the configuration of Active Directory and the SCCM Management Point Server as well as the SQL Server. In Part II, we will be covering the Certificate Configuration needed for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. This includes creating templates, Group Policies, and Certificate registration on the Management Point (MP). As I…

SCCM 2012: Part I – Pre-Configuration

in Part I, I will be detailing the necessary steps to lay the foundation needed to install System Center Configuration Manager 2012 in your environment. I will be assuming a couple of things here. This series of blog posts assumes: – You have a 2003/2008 Active Directory Domain in place – You have Domain Admin…

System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Manager 2012

For the past several weeks I have been working in development on a project to implement both Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manger 2012 (SCCM 2012) and their new Anti-virus solution Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 (SCEP 2012). I used a combination of Microsoft’s official System Center documentation and the help of several independent blogs…

Problem Screen Recorder

Have you ever found yourself having an issue with installing some software, configuring an application, or running into a software bug? I’ve run into these situations many times over the years. The normal progression is to try the action again, and if it fails, try the Google. If you are unable to locate a solution,…

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