System Center – Interface Technical Training https://www.interfacett.com Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:40:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 to deploy Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Bare-Metal installations https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-use-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-scvmm-2012-r2-to-deploy-windows-server-2012-r2-hyper-v-bare-metal-installations/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-use-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-scvmm-2012-r2-to-deploy-windows-server-2012-r2-hyper-v-bare-metal-installations/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:27:44 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=21511 Normally when you need to deploy additional Hyper-V servers in your environment it requires the installation of operating system then post configuration followed by the installation of the Hyper-V role. Bare-Metal provisioning is a feature of SCVMM 2012 R2 that allows rapid deployment of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V servers. I will be writing a series … Continue reading How to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 to deploy Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Bare-Metal installations

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Normally when you need to deploy additional Hyper-V servers in your environment it requires the installation of operating system then post configuration followed by the installation of the Hyper-V role. Bare-Metal provisioning is a feature of SCVMM 2012 R2 that allows rapid deployment of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V servers. I will be writing a series of blogs that will walk you through installation and configuration of all the required components. The required components are:

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) – Management server that enables you to create and deploy Virtual Machines and services. Will be used to determine the desired reference image during the Bare-Metal installation.
  • SCVMM Library Server – Centralized storage for Virtual Machines.
  • Active Directory Domain Services – Will provide authentication services for the required components. Will also include DNS for name resolution.
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Will be used to provide PXE services and integrated with SCVMM to deploy the Hyper-V host.
  • DHCP – Used to provide dynamically assigned IP Addresses and the IP Address of the PXE server.
  • SQL Server instance – Required for the installation of SCVMM. Provides the SCVMM management database.

Note: All of the above components will be built inside a management network that will be hosted on 2 Windows Server 2012 R2 servers with the Hyper-V role installed.

Once the infrastructure has been configured I will then use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build the base image to be used during the Bare-Metal deployment.

Note: In order to deploy the servers they will be required to PXE boot, this should be the first boot option. The SCVMM server will communicate with the serves Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) with credentials provided via DHCP that will allow the SCVMM server Out-Of -Band management to discover the server.

In the next Blog I will review installing AD DS and DNS.

Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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Where did Physical to Virtual (P2V) go in System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 (SC VMM R2) https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/where-did-physical-to-virtual-p2v-go-in-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-r2-sc-vmm-r2/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/where-did-physical-to-virtual-p2v-go-in-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-r2-sc-vmm-r2/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:00:43 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=20993 In previous versions of System Center Virtual Machine Manager an administrator had the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 and above to a virtual machine.  In SC VMM R2 this ability has been removed. An alternative is to download and use Disk2vhd from Sysinternals..  Disk2vhd is available for download  as part … Continue reading Where did Physical to Virtual (P2V) go in System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 (SC VMM R2)

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In previous versions of System Center Virtual Machine Manager an administrator had the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 and above to a virtual machine.  In SC VMM R2 this ability has been removed.

An alternative is to download and use Disk2vhd from Sysinternals..  Disk2vhd is available for download  as part of the  Sysinternals suite at the following link: Windows Sysinternals Suite. This tool will allow you to convert Windows XP SP2 (x86 and x64) physical computers to virtual machines.

Another alternative is to use Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MS VMC)3.0. MSVMC 3.0 is available for download at the following link: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0.  Version 3.0 was made available for download on 12/2/2014.

  • System requirements to install SCVMC 3.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and .NET Framework 4 if you install MVMC on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 if you install MVMC on Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8. Note Although MVMC installs on all of these versions, using the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are released as part of MVMC requires Windows PowerShell Runtime 3.0, and the cmdlets function only on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8. Install Feature Bits Compact server
  • Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

For a complete listing of the capabilities of MCSMC 3.0 check out the following link: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 is now available for download.

Until next time, Ride Safe.

Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

 

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How to Deploy the System Center Configuration Manager Client Automatically To All New Computers https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-deploy-the-system-center-configuration-manager-client-automatically-to-all-new-computers/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-deploy-the-system-center-configuration-manager-client-automatically-to-all-new-computers/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:24:02 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=20940 When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc. If … Continue reading How to Deploy the System Center Configuration Manager Client Automatically To All New Computers

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When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc.

If you’re like me, you want to be certain that the client agent is always installed on new computers. You can do that by deploying the client agent in one of many methods including:

  • SCCM client push
  • Group Policy software deployment
  • Runonce registry entry on new images
  • Part of a Task Sequence
  • Baked into a reference image
  • PowerShell script

For this article I’m focusing on the Client Push method. It’s built in to SCCM and is relatively painless to setup.

Automatic Client Agent Deployment with Client Push

To have SCCM do the hard work of finding new clients and then deploying the agent to them automatically, two components are required.

First, you must configure SCCM for one or more Discovery Methods. The details of setting that up are the subject of a separate article, but for now you should verify that at least one Active Directory Discovery method, or the Network Discovery method, shows as Enabled. This is shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1. Plenty of discovery happening here.

The second component is configuring Client Push Installation at the site level. To do this:

Open the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console.

Click the Administration node, expand the Site Configuration node, and then click Sites.

Select the site you want to configure for automatic Client Push installations.

On the ribbon, click Settings, click Client Installation Settings, and then click Client Push Installation. This is a bit tricky to find, and is shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2. The elusive Client Push Installation option.

This will open the Client Push Installation Properties dialog box as shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3. We’re almost home free!

Now all you need to do is click to select Enable automatic site-wide client push installation. Verify that the other settings are correct for your environment, and then click OK.

Note: Never click Apply and then OK immediately after. It’s bad form. OK includes Apply.

That’s all it takes! Now when clients are added to the SCCM database through a Discovery Method, SCCM will send a Client Push to deploy the agent and begin client management.

Enjoy and happy configuring!

Mike Danseglio -CISSP / MCSE / CEH
Interface Technical Training – Technical Director and Instructor

 

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How to make the System Center Configuration Manager Client install faster https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-make-the-system-center-configuration-manager-client-install-faster/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-make-the-system-center-configuration-manager-client-install-faster/#respond Mon, 11 May 2015 16:29:46 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=20503 When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc. Many … Continue reading How to make the System Center Configuration Manager Client install faster

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When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc.

Many folks think they can verify that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is fully installed and functional as soon as the Control Panel item appears as shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1. The client agent in Control Panel.

What if that applet doesn’t appear in Control Panel? For example, maybe I am deploying the Configuration Manager agent to a Windows 8.1 client through a Client Push action. If the applet isn’t available I know that the installation could still be underway. So I want to verify that the deployment has begun on the client.

To do that I connect to the Windows 8.1 client and run Task Manager. Yes, it really is this simple…

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Figure 2. Ccmsetup.exe is still running.

I’ve called out ccmsetup.exe because it is the process that the Client Push, and most deployment types, launches. If ccmsetup.exe is running I know two things:

  • The Client Push worked to begin the client agent deployment
  • The deployment is not yet finished

So I may have only started this deployment recently, or perhaps the computer is under load and can’t spare much resource for the setup process. The latter is more likely the cause of the delay based on the performance data in Figure 2.

How Do I Speed Up the Client Agent Install?

I don’t. I simply wait a few minutes. I don’t reboot the computer, I don’t defrag the hard drive, run ipconfig/release, install an add-on tool, restart services, change the priority of processes, or do anything else.

Ccmsetup.exe always verifies that its prerequisite software exists before installation, and installs anything required before installing the actual client agent. This usually takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, and I’ve seen it take upwards of 30. In all those cases, the client eventually installed successfully and the story had a happy ending. Tampering with the installation is not necessary and may cause more trouble than it’s worth.

So when in down about client agent installation speed, I strongly recommend that you just wait. Maybe take a walk outside? It’s a beautiful day. SCCM will be ready to go when you return.

Enjoy and happy configuring!

Mike Danseglio -CISSP / MCSE / CEH
Interface Technical Training – Technical Director and Instructor

Mike Danseglio teaches Security classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes can be attended in Phoenix, Arizona or online from anywhere in the world with RemoteLive.

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How to Verify a System Center Configuration Manager Client is Finished Installing https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/verify-system-center-configuration-manager-client-finished-installing/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/verify-system-center-configuration-manager-client-finished-installing/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:24:37 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=20109 When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc. Many … Continue reading How to Verify a System Center Configuration Manager Client is Finished Installing

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When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, one of your primary tasks is to ensure that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is successfully installed and running properly. The agent must be running to make client configuration changes, to deploy software, to inventory the system, to process compliance audits, etc.

Many folks think they can verify that the Configuration Manager Client Agent is fully installed and functional as soon as the Control Panel item appears as shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1. The client agent in Control Panel.

Unfortunately that’s not quite correct. The Configuration Manager applet is there because it is installed. That isn’t proof that the client is functional.

The “final” verification usually comes from an administrator clicking the Configuration Manager applet to show the Configuration Manager Agent properties as shown on Figure 2.

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Figure 2. The Configuration Manager Agent’s properties.

The administrator sees the client properties, verifies that the Assigned Management Point is indeed the correct SCCM server running as a Management Point, and exclaims, “I’m done!” Often this happens about 10 seconds after installation is complete.

Nope, not quite Q.E.D. based on that data. Seeing the correct information on the General tab is nice but isn’t verification of functionality. The client agent can still be nonfunctional. For example, the client may not be able to communication with the Management Point, or the client’s Site Code may not match the site’s assigned code.

Really Verifying Client Functionality

The easy way to confirm that the client is retrieving and processing SCCM policy is to first look at the Configuration Manager Properties dialog. Especially important is to note the Actions tab and the total number of tabs as shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3. The important bits.

This client agent is installed but has not yet retrieved or processed policy. I can tell that from the two elements indicated by red arrows:

There is one row of tabs in this dialog box.

There are two actions in the Actions list.

Compare this with a Configuration Manager Properties dialog box that has successfully processed policy at least once as shown in Figure 4.

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Figure 4. A very happy Configuration Manager Client Agent.

This dialog box shows the default SCCM Client Policy applied to the same client as in Figure 3. Two rows of tabs and more than two actions (usually lots more) are confirmation that policy has applied.

How Did The Client Get The Policy

How did I get the client to retrieve and process the policy in this example?

I waited.

I waited just a little more than 2 minutes, and then reopened the dialog box. I did not click Run Now, I did not reboot the computer, I did not defrag the hard drive, run ipconfig/release, install an add-on tool, restart services, or do anything else. In this case I actually refilled my water glass, said a quick hello to a coworker, and then returned to find the client updated and happy.

If the client is deployed correctly it will automatically retrieve the policy after it has been running for a short time. And assuming that the Client Policy is the default, it will retrieve and update policy every 15 minutes thereafter. No action is necessary to make this work.

Enjoy and happy configuring!

Mike Danseglio -CISSP / MCSE / CEH
Interface Technical Training – Technical Director and Instructor

Mike Danseglio teaches Security classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes can be attended in Phoenix, Arizona or online from anywhere in the world with RemoteLive.

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How to Force System Center Configuration Manager Client Updates https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-force-system-center-configuration-manager-client-updates/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/how-to-force-system-center-configuration-manager-client-updates/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:51:05 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=18211 When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, you probably make changes to client configuration settings. Some of the changes don’t need to reach your managed clients very quickly, while others could be considered more important. For example, you may need to enable compliance evaluation and run an evaluation cycle prior … Continue reading How to Force System Center Configuration Manager Client Updates

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When working with System Center Configuration Manager 2007, 2012, or 2012 R2, you probably make changes to client configuration settings. Some of the changes don’t need to reach your managed clients very quickly, while others could be considered more important. For example, you may need to enable compliance evaluation and run an evaluation cycle prior to an impending IT audit. You need those settings retrieved and applied quickly so you have enough time to run your SCCM reports.
If you’re like most administrators, you’ll follow these steps:

1. Make the configuration changes in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager console.
2. Instruct users to open Control Panel, click Configuration Manager, and select the Actions tab.
3. Click Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle, and then click Run Now. This is shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1. The Run Now button is a trap!

4. Read the message and click OK.
5. Expect the cycle to instantly finish.
6. If the cycle does not complete immediately, repeat steps 3-5.

What’s Really Happening?
The text in the message said, “The selected cycle will run and might take several minutes to refresh.” That is an accurate statement. The cycle does not always run immediately, and may run as a background thread at a low priority. That means there is a significant chance that the cycle will take a few minutes.

The Configuration Manager client is designed to not interfere with normal system operation. As a result, it uses its own internal logic to measure system activity and resource utilization and adjusts its behavior accordingly. That means when the CM client believes the system is too busy, it slows down or pauses its work. Regardless of how many times you press the Run Now button.

How Do I Force the Client to Do It Now?
You don’t. The Run Now button is a suggestion. There is no, “Do this immediately” button included with the System Center Configuration Manager client software. It is simply not designed to accept demands for instant results.

Is There Another Way? Perhaps a Tool…?
Yes! Luckily there’s an out-of-box tool called Client Center for ConfigurationManager that can help. While not included with the official Configuration Manager installation, it is well worth exploring for its rich client analysis and control options.

Enjoy and happy configuring!

Mike Danseglio -CISSP / CEH
Interface Technical Training – Technical Director and Instructor

Mike  teaches Microsoft System Center classes at Interface Technical Training in Phoenix, AZ. Many of his classes can be attended online from anywhere with RemoteLive

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Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/windows-8-1-server-2012-r2-system-center-2012-r2-and-windows-intune/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/windows-8-1-server-2012-r2-system-center-2012-r2-and-windows-intune/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:54:59 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=15365   Mark your calendars, As most of you have already heard, the next generation of Microsoft products are about to be released.. Microsoft has announced the release dates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune. All four of the updates will be released on the same day, … Continue reading Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune

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Mark your calendars,

As most of you have already heard, the next generation of Microsoft products are about to be released.. Microsoft has announced the release dates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune.

All four of the updates will be released on the same day, October 18, 2013.

What’s new in Windows 8.1, some of the changes include:

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • New Bing Search engine
  • 2 new Bing Apps (Food & Drink and Health & Fitness)
  • Updates to Bing Maps
  • Improved Windows Store Experience
  • Cloud connectivity with SkyDrive

There are improvements to all components of System Center 2012 R2.

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2, some of the changes include:

  • New ISCSI Target Server
  • New features and functionality for Server Message Block (SMB)
  • PowerShell cmdlets for WDS
  • New DHCP features
  • Changes to Bitlocker
  • Changes to DFS replication
  • Number of new management, scalability and functionality improvement to File and Storage service

Windows Intune combines management capabilities for both cloud and on-premise PC and mobile devices through:

  • Unified infrastructure
  • Device management
  • Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

So if you are a techie, geek or just like living on the leading edge like me, then October 18 will be a good day to look forward to.  Until next time, RIDE SAFE!

 
Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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System Center 2012 – The future of the IT Admin https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/system-center-2012-the-future-of-the-it-admin/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/system-center-2012-the-future-of-the-it-admin/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:42:32 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=3800 I recently spoke at a fantastic Microsoft conference in Belgium called TechDays. It was their 10th year holding this conference, and as you can imagine, it focused on the new technologies to be released by Microsoft this year. I posted details of the trip and conference on my blog http://www.jasonhelmick.com/, but I wanted to take … Continue reading System Center 2012 – The future of the IT Admin

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I recently spoke at a fantastic Microsoft conference in Belgium called TechDays. It was their 10th year holding this conference, and as you can imagine, it focused on the new technologies to be released by Microsoft this year. I posted details of the trip and conference on my blog http://www.jasonhelmick.com/, but I wanted to take a moment to give you some observations not discussed in my blog.

Most of you that know me are probably expecting the “Learn PowerShell Now!” speech. I am somewhat of a religious fanatic about that. Let me step down from my PowerShell soapbox and take a moment to look at another technology that is already in RC1 and I hope you will start looking at it now. System Center 2012.

Note that I didn’t use one of the product acronyms you’re familiar with such as SCCM, SCOM, SCDPM, etc. Simply because it no longer matters, not in licensing or management, it’s becoming one product. Yes, it still has each of those individual products you are familiar with; however there have been some additions. There is a reason to start to think of this as one product called System Center rather than the individual components. For IT, I think this is becoming a “platform” for management, not just an isolated bunch of tasks.

Let’s look at a typical network. Not the individual servers and services, but the living breathing beast known as “The Network” and the types of tasks that need to be performed. Ask yourself these questions about your network.

  • Do you need to deploy servers and software?
  • Do you need to manage client and software configurations?
  • Do you need to monitor the performance and faults on your servers?
  • Do you need to predict load changes and forecast resource deployment?
  • Do you need to have rapid virtualized deployments that elastically handle demand?
  • Do you need disaster recovery of all this?
  • Do you need control over your cloud?
  • Do you need standards, procedures, organization and processes to control all of this?

The future IT admin will have a solid management platform solution in place that addresses these questions. I’m betting that System Center is that platform.

Yes you can still feel the individual components such as SCCM, however the new management screens (GUI) and PowerShell support make it start to feel like everything is linked together in an ensemble of management control. Those once hard edges of each product have become more fluid and cohesive. The reason for this is actually very simple; an admin needs all the information, not just a single technical silo, to make decisions.

As an example, a sudden drop in customer purchase performance may be the result of slow database requests, not a bottleneck in the web farm. The solution may require server, service, and application deployment, and it must happen “now”, not in a few months. This kind of total system diagnostic and management requires all those System Center components working together with an administrative team that understands how to use them.

Now, I’m not an expert at System Center 2012 and all the individual components, (there are 8 of them now) but I’m going to become one. The presentations I saw on this version of the product are more than just eye-candy and hopeful-proposition; they are how the Admin job will get accomplished. While the smallest of networks may not see an ROI with this, everyone else certainly will.

And yes, it’s managed with PowerShell. (sorry, had to get that in)

I know that many of us have gotten jaded over the years to the voice of Microsoft and the marketing blitz of the future. I’m certainly one of those, but I don’t think this management platform has anything to do with the Marketing folks at Microsoft. It is our businesses driving this solution.

Ward Ralston of Microsoft presented the Keynote when I was in Belgium. One of his last call-to-action slides caught me. I didn’t realize the impact of the 2nd bullet until I had seen System Center and spoke to some of the Microsoft folks on the team.

Microsoft TechDays 2012 Belgium Keynote

I know it seems I have found another soapbox to get on, (PowerShell, IIS, Exchange) and I’m supposed to be discussing technical things in this blog, but I really see this as a career call to the network admins of the world.

If you’re an IT “Professional” working with Microsoft technologies, you should seriously consider Ward’s list. The world is changing fast and so are the needs of every business from small to large. Be the person delivering reliable solutions, knowledgeable ideas and professional management. I think System Center 2012 may be part of your plan.

Knowledge is PowerShell,
Jason Helmick
Director of PowerShell Technologies
Interface Technical Training

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Video: Microsoft MVP Greg Shields on System Center Configuration Manager SCCM – What’s next in the evolution of the system administrator. https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/mvp-greg-shields-on-system-center-configuration-manager-sccm-whats-next-in-the-evolution-of-the-system-administrator/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/mvp-greg-shields-on-system-center-configuration-manager-sccm-whats-next-in-the-evolution-of-the-system-administrator/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:42:32 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=3086 Interface Technical Training hosted a special SCCM: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft ConfigMgr class with MVP Greg Shields on November 14-18, 2011. We sat down with Greg Shields to get his thoughts on various topics related to application management, virtualization, The Cloud, and System Center Configuration Manager. In this video, Greg shares his insights on … Continue reading Video: Microsoft MVP Greg Shields on System Center Configuration Manager SCCM – What’s next in the evolution of the system administrator.

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Interface Technical Training hosted a special SCCM: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft ConfigMgr class with MVP Greg Shields on November 14-18, 2011.

We sat down with Greg Shields to get his thoughts on various topics related to application management, virtualization, The Cloud, and System Center Configuration Manager.

In this video, Greg shares his insights on what’s next in SCCM and the evolution of the administrator’s role.

Below is the transcription of the video.

Jason Helmick – Between the titans of virtualization (VMware and Microsoft) and all the Cloud efforts, you mentioned the importance about the users, their data and getting information to the users regardless of where they are. You also mentioned that we need to worry about security but right now we also need to consider what the desired result is.
With Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), a lot of us in IT remember it as the old SMS stuff – Slow Moving Software. But Configuration Manager is still a key component. Not only in helping the deployment to the user’s side, but also the deployment of the server side and the Cloud side as well.

Greg Shields – When you look at the entire portfolio of Systems Center, there’s Operations Manager which is “what is stuff doing? / what are the behaviors?” Then there is Service Manager which is “how do I keep tabs on everything and provide automation?” While teaching the SCCM class this week, I’m begging to feel the age of Systems Center version 2007. In my opinion, there other things that do a better job than Configuration Manager does such as Group Policy Preferences. So honestly, it’s about time that we have a new version of Configuration Manager. What we’re seeing with SCCM version 2012 and what we will be able to do with this new version will bring an extensive configuration control and configuration management into the environment, from local environments to whatever environment Configuration Manager can touch.

Jason Helmick – I keep hearing from Developer friends of mine that they’re convinced that, from Visual Studio, they will be able to deploy web farms and SCCM will deploy all the “magic”… basically saying “we won’t need you anymore”. I personally think they will still need us for a while, even with the future of SCCM. What do you think the job role of a configuration manager will become?

The admin role never goes away; it’s just where are you administrating things? Think about it, there are still a lot of people who are concerned about the Cloud. Honestly, there is a lot of concern about the security in the public Cloud because it’s still being figured out. There is an evolution to the entire model of trust that’s involved with the movement to the Cloud. They think “I may not own it but it’s okay because they have my interest at heart, even if it’s just financial.” The Configuration Manager and entire Systems Center suite is going to facilitate the administrator in making the right decision to questions such as “do I host it locally or out in the Cloud?”, “how do I take these services and deploy, manage and deal with them throughout their entire lifecycle?” and “how do I do all this in a measured way while managing the configuration?”

So, from the administrator’s perspective, your job is not going away. I joke with them by saying “you’re going to lose your job but you’re not going to lose your line of income. Where you get your paycheck from may not necessarily be lost. But what you do in the coming years will become substantially different than what you do today and that’s okay.” There’s a bunch of old “punch-card” people that had to find something else to do and that’s okay. The evolution takes time and the IT industry is changing again but it’s a slow process.

One of the joys of my job is getting to talk with many venders and students and see this evolution over an extended period of time. As it evolves, it stays the same… Once we embrace that change is coming, I think people will grow comfortable with the fact that we’ll be doing things differently in the coming years.

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Video: Microsoft MVP Greg Shields on Microsoft’s Cloud strategies with SCVMM 2012 and Hyper-V version 3 https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/video-microsoft-mvp-greg-shields-on-microsofts-cloud-strategies-with-scvmm-2012-and-hyper-v-version-3/ https://www.interfacett.com/blogs/video-microsoft-mvp-greg-shields-on-microsofts-cloud-strategies-with-scvmm-2012-and-hyper-v-version-3/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:16:57 +0000 http://www.interfacett.com/blogs/?p=?p=3072 Interface Technical Training hosted a special SCCM: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft ConfigMgr class with MVP Greg Shields on November 14-18, 2011. We sat down with Mr. Shields in a four-part interview to get his thoughts on various topics related to application management, virtualization, The Cloud, and System Center Configuration Manager. In this video, Greg … Continue reading Video: Microsoft MVP Greg Shields on Microsoft’s Cloud strategies with SCVMM 2012 and Hyper-V version 3

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Interface Technical Training hosted a special SCCM: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft ConfigMgr class with MVP Greg Shields on November 14-18, 2011.

We sat down with Mr. Shields in a four-part interview to get his thoughts on various topics related to application management, virtualization, The Cloud, and System Center Configuration Manager.

In this video, Greg shares his insights on Microsoft Hyper-V version 3 and their efforts on Cloud computing.

Below is the transcription of the video.

Jason Helmick – Now I would be totally remiss if I didn’t’ ask you about Microsoft. They are feverishly working on SCVMM 2012 and the early dev releases of Win8 and Hyper-V version 3. Where do you see Microsoft going in their virtualization space? In particular, their efforts in “The Cloud” computing space such as Azure? It appears that Microsoft is pushing everything strongly to “The Cloud”. Do they have the technologies to back this up?

Greg Shields – Microsoft is definitely moving along the path of the Cloud and I’m not saying this to be a “hedge”, let’s admit it; Hyper-V version 1 was in many ways an experiment, a “can we do this” venture. VMware has been around a much longer time and they had the first-mover advantage with a mature product that’s an exceptional product. It does some amazing wonderful things, yet it’s also very expensive. What Microsoft is intending to do is take advantage of a strategy that they’ve used in the past which is the second-mover advantage. They’re letting the venders figure out how this “thing” is going to work and then they embrace it. This is what we’re beginning to see with Hyper-V.

Hyper-V as a Hyper Visor is different than ESX and ESXi. In the beginning of Hyper-V I wondered “why did Microsoft take this approach?” As the market and solution space evolved, the hybrid approach that Hyper-V is doing really has the ability to make some substantial improvements to the entire process of delivering virtualization. The fact that the OS is the core operating system (plus the virtual machines that sit on top) lends itself to certain types of virtualization that perhaps VMware’s approach isn’t best-suited for in the future. It’s really too early to tell at this point but Microsoft is getting some good traction on Hyper-V version 2 and version 3 has some improvements and VMM has some improvements that are really beginning to change the ball game. Now with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 and especially with VMM 2012, you can now put an enterprise solution on top of this platform and have a good feeling inside.

Honestly, it takes real “guts”! I’ve been playing with VMM 2012 and I’ll tell you, this first time I downloaded VMM 2012, installed it and brought up the console it really took some “guts” because up in the left-hand corner of the screen, there’s this button that says “Create Cloud”. I got goose-bumps just think about the whole notion that creating to the Cloud can really be this easy. Today everyone is worried about private Cloud computing such as “what is it?” and “what do I have to do?”… but the fact that Microsoft can step up and say “oh, we have a button for that” is fundamentally impressive! You have to give them credit for that!

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