• SCCM 2007 HealthCheck Toolkit goes PowerShell and Free

    The SCCM 2007 HealthCheck Toolkit was initially developed by dotNetwork. dotNetwork was the brand used by Raphael Perez, MVP in Enterprise Client Management, to perform consultancy and training. During 2012, dotNetwork was taken down and re-branded to RFL Systems Ltd and since them, we decided to stop selling the SCCM 2007 HealthCheck Toolkit and re-develop it.

    The initial development was done using C# and Visual Studio…

    • Tue, Apr 16 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 10

    Hi All,

    today is the last part of the secunia csi integration

    after the installation, open the SCCM console as administrator

    navigate to software library (note that there is a new node called Secunia)

    expand the node and click configure and enter your credentials

    if you havent configured the wsus, it is time (see the screenshots) and refer to Part 4 (http://wmug.co.uk/wmug/b/dotraphael/archive/2013/01/24/3rd-party…

    • Tue, Apr 9 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 9

    Hi all,

    today we'll set up the CSI SCCM Plugin. To do this, you need to download it from http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/corporate/sccm_plugin/

    Once you have downloaded, execute it (I'm doing it on the SCCM Server itself). On the Welcome screen, click Next

    Choose where you want to install and click Next

    Select the location of the SCCM console. (it should have already been populated with the right…

    • Mon, Apr 8 2013
  • WMUG Event – Satisnet/Secunia – 10th April 2013 – Virtual

    WMUG is proud to announce a virtual meeting with Satisnet/Secunia, presented by John McCann and Morten Stengaard and hosted by Raphael Perez

    Secunia CSI provides highly detailed software inventory including both programs and plug-ins. This inventory is in turn mapped to security intelligence related to the individual programs and plug-ins as well as details about vendor supplied security updates. The software can…

    • Tue, Apr 2 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 8

    Hi all,

    today we'll set up the CSI and to do this, you will need to run the csi as administrator

    once you open, connect using your CSI username/password

    if its the 1st time, it will ask you information about the password, recovery, etc...

    once its done, you'll be able to scan hosts for vulnerabilities. to do this, just click on successfully scan one host link

    select type 2 (all paths) and the ip addresses…

    • Tue, Mar 12 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 7

    Hi all,

    in this post i'll start preparing the server for Secunia CSI...

    i'm using the CSI v6 that is compatible with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. To download it, go to secunia webpage (http://secunia.com/products/corporate/csi/). there is also the plugin for the SCCM and you can download it from http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/corporate/sccm_plugin/

    i'm using…

    • Fri, Mar 8 2013
  • Microsoft Challenge

    hi All,

    following my other Microsoft Challenge post (http://wmug.co.uk/wmug/b/dotraphael/archive/2013/02/27/microsoft-challenge-can-we-download-windows-server-2012-and-system-center-2012-sp1-15-000-times.aspx), Microsoft UK is now challenging the System Center MVP's and each one will have its own URL. The reason for this is that they want to know how quick we can get 250 downloads (not commulative, but the individual clicks…

    • Tue, Mar 5 2013
  • Microsoft challenge, Can we download Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 15.000 times?

    Hi All,

    Microsoft UK is challenging the UK MVP's and the challenge is simple....

    Can we have 15000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1?

    In my opinion we can as we're a big community (I already downloaded my copies).

    If you want to help us it is simple, download the software.

    For the System Center 2012 SP1, you can get it from http://aka.ms/MVP_SC_1 and for the Windows Server 2012, there are 2…

    • Wed, Feb 27 2013
  • WMUG Event – SolarWinds – 13th February 2013 – Recorded

    Hi All,

    thanks for Michael and Laurence from SolarWinds for the presentation yesterday as well as everyone that joined us.

    If you could not attend, there is no problem, the meeting has been recorded and will be published soon....


    • Thu, Feb 14 2013
  • WMUG Event – SolarWinds – 13th February 2013 – Virtual

    Hi All,

    after a test, we did manage to get the meeting working, however, we needed to change the "provider". This time we'll be using GoTo Meeting.

    The events page will be updated shortly as you can get more info about the event there (http://wmug.co.uk/Hubs/wmug_event_content/w/wmug_event_content-pages/default.aspx)

    In the mean time, this is the new info:

    Date/Time: 13th Feb 2013 - From 7-8pm (GMT)

    • Tue, Feb 12 2013
  • WMUG Event – SolarWinds – 6th February 2013 – Virtual - Cancelled

    Hi All,

    yesterday while we're doing a test we ran into a technical issue and due this reason, the livemeeting with SolarWinds has been cancelled.

    We're testing another possibilities at the moment and confirming the availability of the presenters. We hope we'll be able to run this next week, but at the time being, we cannot commit.

    We're really sorry and hope we'll have this issue fixed as soon as possible.…

    • Wed, Feb 6 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 6

    Hi All,

    this is the part 6, last one talking about SolarWinds Patch Manager, and in this post we'll see how to publish updates to be used by the SCCM...

    1st, on the SCCM console, go to Software Library, 3rd Party Updates, Updates overview, all updates, this month

    under Vendors, click Mozila, and select Mozila Firefox 10.0.12 ESR (Upgrade) and click Publish

    Under publish, i selected publish selected packages to…

    • Thu, Jan 31 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 5

    Hi All,

    this is the part 5 where we will see how to install a remote console and integrate with SCCM 2012 SP1. I'll be using the SCCM Site Server itself instead of a remote SCCM Console.

    the 1st step, execute the patch manager setup

    on the welcome screen, click next

    accept the license agrrement and click next

    as i have the wsus installed on the server, the following message will appear. click ok

    on the…

    • Tue, Jan 29 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 4

    Hi All,

    this is the part 4 where we will see how to prepare the environment (gpo and certificates). As we are using a self-signed certificate, we need install this certificate on all machines that will connect to the wsus, it means, every single machine on the network.

    to do it easily, i'll be doing the changes on the default domain gpo...

    1st step is to open the MMC console on the Path manager server, in my case SR…

    • Thu, Jan 24 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 3

    Hi all,

    on this post we'll start the configuration of the software. to do this we need open the Patch Manager console.

    on the Product features selection, select system center configuration manager extension pack and click continue

    on welcome solarwinds patch manager getting started guide, click cancel

    on wmi providers deployment settings, select YES and click OK. Doing this will allow Patch Manager to interact…

    • Wed, Jan 23 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 2

    Hi all,

    in this post i'll start installing SolarWinds patch manager...

    i'm using the beta version that is compatible with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. To download it, go to solarwinds webpage (http://www.solarwinds.com/patch-manager.aspx). The current version is 1.8 that does not have windows server 2012 support. If you want to test the beta version with windows server…

    • Tue, Jan 22 2013
  • 3rd Party patch management - Part 1

    Hi All,

    this is the beginning of a series of posts about 3rd party software management. but before we start this, i want to say that the focus of this will be configuration manager 2012 SP1 and nothing else.

    Few days ago, Department of Homeland Security advised to stop using java due security "problems" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57563951-83/homeland-security-still-advises-disabling-java-even-after-update…

    • Tue, Jan 22 2013
  • [Project] - CM12 Automation RC is out!

    Hi All,

    i've been busy working on the RC release of CM12Automation (http://cm12automation.codeplex.com/) and today i'm happy to say that it has been released...

    the codeplex page is being updated and also, i'm uploading videos on youtube. I'll update this page once everyting is there...

    hope you'll enjoy using it as much as i'm enjoying creating it. 

    • Thu, Jan 10 2013
  • Happy new year & MVP 2013

    Hi All,

    Happy new year and to start it nicely, i've got this e-mail today on my inbox...(or...let's say..spam box lol)


    last year (yes, i'm talking about 2012) there were many things happening on the System Center world, including System Center 2012, SP1, etc...

    i hope you have enjoyed all things myself, other mvp's and wmug had done for you and  hopefully we'll be able to do even more this year...


    • Tue, Jan 1 2013
  • [Project] - CM12 Automation - RC is coming

    Hi All,

    This project is really going somewhere, i received lots of inputs, including lots of Microsoft people, what is really great...

    Anyway..i'm finishing the RC version (final testings) and i hope i'll be able to publish it before christmas...

    at the moment, these are the main changes:
    1- fixed bugs (many of them)
    2- created ImportReports.ps1 and created few reports (at the moment 8 reports) **if you have any report…

    • Tue, Dec 11 2012
  • New versions published

    Hi All,

    i just published new version of the server sizing spreadsheet and design question word doc files...

    you can download them using the following links

    • Wed, Nov 21 2012
  • SCCM 2012 - Server Sizing

    Hi All,

    in a previous version of Configuration manager, there was a server sizing, but unfortunately, there is none for the 2012 version...

    but this is about to change (at least, a bit)...

    i created a spreadsheet to add the server sizing...

    i'm using this basically to calculate the sql server database size, but added option for memory as well.

    there are an option for disk space on the DP that calculates the size needed…

    • Tue, Nov 20 2012
  • New server - lessons learned

    Hi All,

    it has been a while since my last post but i've been a bit busy with the new server...

    unfortunatelly i won't post any pictures yet, nor talk about the performance...it will be in a later post...

    basically, i'll talk about 2 problems i had..and i actually..."killed" me few times...

    after set everything up, i installed WS2012...and the 1st screen after the reboot was a windows error...

    it took…

    • Mon, Nov 19 2012
  • WMUG Event - A Day with Wally Mead covering ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1 on 10th of November 2012

    WMUG has done it again!

    We're very proud to announce that Wally Mead is coming back to the UK, and to WMUG on the 10th of November 2012, to present across a day on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RTM and mostly SP1.

    Wally is one of the most authoritative sources of information for the product, and with his usual fast tempo and sharp wit will be taking us on a journey through the RTM and SP1 feature-sets…

    • Mon, Oct 29 2012
  • New Computer for a Lab

    Hi All,

    i've been using my laptop to do demos, etc...but it was not enough and i was always struggling with power, speed, etc...and i decided to buy a desktop (well, if we can call it a desktop :))

    it has been a while since I bought parts for a pc (by while i mean 6+ years) and i did not know what models, etc i should buy.

    this is because things change a lot, one day X is the best motherboard, another day Y is the best…

    • Wed, Oct 24 2012