Active Directory: AdminSDHolder, Protected Groups and SDPROP John Policelli - September 2009 Are you having problems with Access Control Lists and permissions? It may be related to AdminSDHolder. Learn exactly what AdminSDHolder is, how it works—and how you can tweak it to better meet your organization’s needs.
Special Coverage: Windows Server 2008: Deploying Windows Server 2008 with System Center Tim Mintner - March 2008 It used to be that server administrators would install Windows Server manually using the CD or DVD and then spend several hours configuring the server. With the release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, server administrators can now use the same tools that desktop administrators have been using for years to automate deployments.
System Center: New Software Update Management Tools Steve Rachui - October 2007 With System Center Configuration Manager 2007, you'll find a completely new mechanism for dealing with update management that ensures better compliance and enforcement on each client. Learn how this improved approach can help you get all of your machines up-to-date.
System Center: Deploy Apps and Updates to Your Branch Offices Steve Rachui - August 2007 Branch distribution points, one of the new features in Configuration Manager 2007, might appear at first to be a fairly minor addition. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that it offers new, indispensible capabilities for managing software distribution to branch offices.
Utility Spotlight: SMSMap Jeff Tondt - July 2007 Seeing the whole SMS hierarchy as a picture can help you quickly understand how your infrastructure is laid out. This handy tool automates creation of your infrastructure diagram in Visio via COM.
Management: Advanced Client Inventories with SMS Wes Dobry - April 2007 Out of the box, Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 collects a lot of information, but it doesn’t collect nearly as much as you may need. Find out how the right combination of scripting, WMI, and SMS knowledge can help you expand SMS inventories to collect and report almost any morsel of information.
Management: Deploying Custom Software Updates with SMS 2003 R2 Steve Rachui - April 2007 Systems Management Server 2003 R2 lets you use managedupdate features to deploy custom updates. Explore two new tools—the Inventory Tool for Custom Updates and the Custom Updates Publishing Tool—and see how they can help you deploy your own updates as well as updates from thirdparty developers.
System Management: Customize SMS Using Local Policies Jeff Tondt - September 2006 Do you need to override SMS site settings for just a few machines or configure specific settings for only some clients? Find out how SMS 2003 local policies let you configure custom policy on a per-client basis.
How IT Works: SMS Client-Side Software Installation Steve Rachui - July 2006 When configuring a software package for distribution in Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, the administrator must choose the user context under which the software will be installed—either the logged-on user or the administrative context.