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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.
From the Editor: System Center Solutions: Meeting Universal Needs
Mitch Irsfeld - September 2009
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.
Utility Spotlight: SMS Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell
Don Brown - November 2007
Find out how you can start using Windows PowerShell cmdlets to manage SMS 2003 clients from the command line.
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: SMS Evolved: A Powerful New Solution to Manage Your Systems
John Orefice - August 2007
Systems management is about to get a lot easier. Take a guided tour of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and see how it can simplify key tasks, such as deploying software updates, managing mobile devices, and maintaining system configurations.
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: Zero Touch Installation: Automating Operating Systems Migrations
Jason Cross - September 2006
Get an overview of how SMS 2003 and some powerful new tools can make your next desktop OS deployment a no-touch operation. We’ll take a detailed look at the process involved for three common migration scenarios.
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.
System Management: Set High Standards: Powerful Tools for Configuration Management
Jeremy Chapman - September 2006
Problems with system configuration can be disastrous. These tools and best practices can help you keep a handle on system configurations throughout your enterprise computing environment.
How IT Works: Roaming in SMS 2003
Steve Rachui - August 2006
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.
Desktop Deployment: Zero Touch Windows Deployment With SMS
Adam Gordon - March • April 2006
System Management: No Desktop Left Behind: SMS Troubleshooting Basics
John Baker - March • April 2006
System Management: Measure Twice, Roll Out Once With The SMS Capacity Planner
Craig Morris - March • April 2006
System Management: Cut Through The Noise: Better Reporting with MOM and SMS
Richard Threlkeld - March • April 2006
Patch Management: Maximize the Power of SMS with New Tools for Managing Updates
Bob Lawler - November • December 2005