How to assign basic reporting permissions in Configuration Manager R2

Configuration Manager 2007 R2 offers two options when it comes to reporting. The classical reports and SQL Reporting Services. This post will explain how you assign permissions to both solutions. Classical reports Add the user/group to the local SMS Reporting Users group on the Reporting Point In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Security and […]

Category: Config Mgr. Inventory and Reporting, Configuration Manager  |  5 Comments

MMS 2011 BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER System Center Custom Updates Publisher

It’s only a month until this year MMS 2011 kicks off. I personally think it’s an awesome schedule this year, lots of very great speakers, hands on labs and BOF sessions. I have just submitted a BOF session with Jason Lewis. Jason is a program manager for Configuration Manager at Microsoft. The session will focus […]

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Windows 7 SP1 with Configuration Manager 2007 R3

No, it’s not officially supported yet but that shouldn’t stop us from testing the new Windows 7 service pack 1

Category: Configuration Manager, Tips and tricks, Windows 7  |  8 Comments

The Adobe Reader SCUP catalog has arrived

The Adobe catalog SCUP is finally ready for download. Learn more and downlaod the catalog(s) from

Category: Custom Updates, Software Updates  |  1 Comment

Install the Configuration Manager administrator console

Recently I had to prepare a “Configuration Manager Servicedesk kit”. In the kit I added the Configuration Manager console and Client Center. The installation had a few challanges: Creating and specifying Setup.ini during the installation Installing the correct version of Client Center – X64 or X86 – depending on the architecture. To solve the challenge […]

Category: Configuration Manager, Software distribution, Tips and tricks  |  2 Comments

Coretech Auto Install Warning 1.0.3 – Freeware Update

Update for utility: Coretech Auto Install Warning 1.0.3
Fixes: New size for more text, possibility to change font size in config.

Category: Configuration Manager, Recommended Tools, Tips and tricks  |  40 Comments

Specific updates installed

A common question in the forums is “How can I see who has this specific update installed”. One easy way to check that is by creating a DCM rule. Create a new DCM Baseline Click Theese software Updates must be present Select the needed updates and click OK Fiinish the wizard and assign the baseline […]

Category: Desired Configuration Management, Software Updates, Tips and tricks  |  1 Comment

Configuration Manager Power Management charts won’t show

At a few sites I have experienced a problem where none of the Power Management charts will show in the canned SQL Reporting Services reports. Everything looks like fine from the client side, power management is part of the inventory and data is being send correctly back to the Management Point. Yesterday evening I found […]

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How to fix ConfigMgr 2007 Console Error: “MMC cannot initialize the snap-in”

Today I was working in my test environment, my colleague had been testing some backup/restore of the site software. This had resulted in the console not working. this error appeared, when I tried to start it: “MMC cannot initialize the snap-in” I searched the net and found this article: ConfigMgr 2007: Unable to open Configuration […]

Category: Configuration Manager, Troubleshooting  |  1 Comment

Using Software distribution and Desired Configuration Management to fix non-compliant computers

Desired Configuration Management (DCM) is a feature in Configuration Manager which helps us tracing non-compliant computers. In Configuration Manager 2012 the feature also allows us to automatically remediate non-compliant computers. With Configuration Manager 2007 we can use a combination of DCM and Software Distribution to achieve the same functionality. In this example I will create […]

Category: Configuration Manager, Desired Configuration Management, Software distribution, Tips and tricks  |  5 Comments