System Center Universe Jedi finalists

Earlier this week System Center Universe announced the 3 finalists for the SCU Jedi contest.


If you don’t know what the contest is here is the description for it:

System Center Universe has a contest to give one lucky presenter the opportunity to present at the next System Center Universe conference. This lucky presenter will receive free airfare, room and board, and ticket to our in-person Houston event.


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Integration points for System Center SP1

Microsoft recently update the Integration points for System Center map for Service Pack 1.

The map is a diagram that illustrates the integration points between all the technologies in the System Center stack.

Here is what the map looks like:


This can be downloaded here:

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New System Center book & SC troubleshooting tool

This is an exciting week for System Center. First there is a new tool released by Microsoft called System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer (SCCA). The System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer works these System Center products in the stack:


  • Operations Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • Service Manager
  • Orchestrator (plus Service Provider Foundation)
  • Configuration Manager
  • Data Protection Manager (DPM)



    It can be...

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    MCSE: Private Cloud Certification

    I am happy to announce that today I passed the final exam to obtain the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.


    I was able to upgrade from the MCITP: Server Administrator requiring me to only pass two exams. Out of the 70-246 Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012 and 70-247 Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012 the 70-247 exam was the harder of the two.


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    Deploy DPM Remote Administration console via SCCM

    In this post I am going to explain the process of deploying the DPM Remote Administration Console to IT admin computers via System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Following are the steps you will need to take to make this happen.

    You will need somewhere to group your IT admin computers so that you can target the DPM Remote Administration console to them. Create an IT Admin Computers device collection in SCCM 12. This is what we will use to group the IT admin computers.


    Now we need to copy the contents from the DPM media onto your distribution point share. This will be the CCX86 and SCDPM folders.

    NOTE: In my lab for this post I copied these to C:\App Deployments.


    OTHER INFO: As of right now you need to copy all the contents. I don’t know of the specific files that make up the remote administration console. If I track this down later I will update this blog post. If you need to save space you can copy one or the other folder and use it. CCX86 is for 32Bit computers and SCDPM is for 64Bit computers. If you know you will only deploy to 64Bit computers then get the SCDPM folder only.

    The next step is to go and create a package for the DPM Remote Administration console.

    In the Config Man console go to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Packages and create the new package.


    The create package wizard will come up. Go ahead and complete the highlighted fields in the following screenshot and click next.

    NOTE: Remember for this post in my lab I copied the DPM software from the media to C:\App Deployments. This is the directory I am setting as my Source folder for this package. Your source folder path will be different.


    Chose standard program and click next.


    Here is where you need to put in the correct command line syntax to make sure it installs the DPM Remote Administration console vs. trying to install the full DPM product. Here is the syntax you will need to put in the Command line: field. See the following screenshot.

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    System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

    System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta was announced today. There are some exciting updates to System Center 2012. Here are some of the enhancements I have been waiting for:

    Data Protection Manager

    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
    • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
    • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
    • Cloud backup to Azure


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    Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook

    There is a new book on Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager coming soon.


    This book will cover the following:

      • Install SQL before considering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
      • Set up security so administrators can’t see or touch each other’s machines
      • Use the new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager features to set up monthly patching
      • Create applications, deploy them, enforce them, and monitor them
      • Cre...
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    Uninstall of Symantec Endpoint Protection & install System Center Endpoint Protection

    Recently I had to deploy System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). SCEP was not installing on clients. I knew I would run into problems because Symantec Endpoint Protection was on these clients and there was a password required to uninstall it. Sure enough the require uninstall password was causing the issue. Here are the details:

    From the EP log on the client:

    Failed to insta...

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    Set SCEP Client to Update from Microsoft

    There may be a need for System Center Endpoint Protection clients to update definitions directly from Microsoft Update vs. updating from your SCCM server. An example would be when you have remote users that are constantly moving around in the field.  Here are the settings to configure this:

    • You would go into client settings and set this to False.


    • Then you can go into the actual  Antimalware Policies and adjust the policy.


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    Configure and Use Remote Control in SCCM 2012

    As with SCCM 2007 SCCM 2012 offers a Remote Control feature to connect to client computers. This is helpful for administrators or a help desk team so they can use the SCCM 2012 console to remote control client computers and troubleshoot problems. I wanted to put together this step by step post on getting this setup. To configure the Remote Control feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 you need to.

    1. Enable the Remote Control Settings in your client policy

    To do this follow these steps:

      • In SCCM 2012, click Administration.
      • In the Administration workspace, click Client Settings.
      • Right click on Default Client Settings and chose properties.
      • In the Default dialog box, click Remote Tools.
      • Configure the required remote control client settings.


      • Click OK to close the Default Settings dialog box.

    2. Sync the SCCM policy on your clients

    The next time your client computers sync up to SCCM 2012 automatically they will have Remote Control enabled. You can force this now on a client to test. Do this by going through the following steps:

      • On the client go into Control Panel.
      • Click on System and Security.
      • Click on Configuration Manager.


      • Click on the Actions tab.
      • Select Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle and click the Run Now button.


    That will sync the policy with SCCM 2012 right away.

    3. Ensure traffic can flow through

    Now in order for Remote Control to work the following ports need to be allowed through the firewall if one is running on the client.

      • TCP port 2701
      • TCP port 2702 (This is listed as required but I have been able to get this to work without this port.)
      • TCP port 135

    It is also good to check that your client is actually listening for the ports. To check this run this in a command prompt:

    netstat -a

    Again this will list the ports the computer is listening on.

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