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Use Virtual Box for your virtualization solution

There are several virtualization products that you might consider to use for your projects. Within the Microsoft family, Windows  Virtual PC is the latest version hosted within the Windows 7 OS. This product is free and can be used to deliver Windows XP mode to enable legacy applications which sometimes do not run reliably in the Win7 environment. Virtual PC 2007 was the older version of this product used primarily in Windows XP desktops. Both of these products only support 32-bit versions of the guest OS and have limitations on non-MS operating systems. For those of you running 64-bit Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 there is the Hyper-V server role which adds considerable power, security, performance, and management advantages.

Another open-source solution that is quite popular is called Virtual Box and more info on supported OS configurations can be found here.

This product can be hosted on different operation systems as well. For download information, go to: https://www.virtualbox.org/.


SCCM 2012 Minimum Requirements

The New SCCM 2012 will be based on a 64-bit platform. While you can host a Standard Distribution Point (DP) on a 32-bit host you will not get all of the current technology available to support that service. SQL Server requirements are for SQL 2008 SP1 CU10 or later. SQL is required at the new Central Administration site (optional site based on network design), all Primary sites and also at Secondary sites (new to SCCM 2012). Database replication is used to transfer data between sites rather than some of the traditional file transfers used in SCCM 2007. SQL Reporting Services is necessary to support all reporting, there is no support for the old Reporting Point found in earlier versions of SCCM and SMS.

Here is the information taken from the Microsoft download site:

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Site servers and site roles require 64-bit OS (distribution points are an

    • Branch distribution points have been deprecated and replaced with standard
      distribution points that can be hosted on Configuration Manager 2012 client
      operating system platforms, with the exception of Windows XP Professional
      Service Pack 3 and Windows XP Tablet PC SP3
    • Standard DPs can run on Windows Server 32-bit but will not support advanced
  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
    • Distribution points can run on Windows Server 2003
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 with CU10 (64-bit)
  • SQL Reporting Services is ONLY reporting solution

For more information on supported platforms:

Manager 2012 Beta 2 Supported Configuration.pdf


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Get latest version of MS Assessment Planning Toolkit 6.0

The Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit (MAP) was updated in July, 2011 to include support to:

  • Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure
  • Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track
  • Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server
    environment inventory
  • Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness
  • Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9
  • Discover Oracle database schemas for migration to SQL Server

MAP helps make the following IT planning projects faster and easier:

  • Migration to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Office 2010
  • Migration to Windows 7 compatible versions of Internet Explorer
  • Migration to cloud-based services: Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Office 365
  • Private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track
  • Server virtualization with Hyper-V
  • SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Assessment of current software usage and client access history for
    simplified software asset management
  • PC security assessment and migration to Microsoft Forefront Client Security

For more information on Technet to to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx

SCCM Superflows

For detailed documentation on the steps and tasks to support ConfigMgr 2007 take some time to examine the Superflows available in Technet. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff385001.aspx. Superflows are available for everything from Installing ConfigMgr client and assignments, Backup and Recovery, Creating SQL Reporting Service Models, and much more.

SCCM 2007 Help File Updates

With so many changes impacting SCCM 2007 through its various releases and updates, the help files that are locally accessed via the ConfigMgr console also need to be updated. Check here for the latest information on how to acquire and use the wizard to get the latest versions on your system!

Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library Downloadable Update for June 2011

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[Today’s post is provided by Rob Stack]

The latest downloadable update for the Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library has been posted to the Microsoft Download Center. The June 2011 version is the newest downloadable update available and contains new information and updates to the documentation since the last update was published for the September 2010 version.

To get the most recent downloadable Configuration Manager Documentation Library help, go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=71816b0f-de06-40e0-bce7-ad4b1e4377bb&displaylang=en.

For more information about the Configuration Manager 2007 Help File Update Wizard, see this post: “Need the Latest Configuration Manager 2007 Help File?” at http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/02/03/need-the-latest-configuration-manager-2007-help-file.aspx .

Please contact smsdocs@microsoft.com if you have any questions or comments about this downloadable update.

Rob Stack

Get Ready for SCCM 2012

CM 2012 will be a whole new animal for many administrators that are comfortable with the architecture of the existing SCCM 2007. Site management and planning are different, secondary sites now require a database (SQL or SQL Server Express ), sites can no longer be re-homed into the hierarchy, a central administration site is completely new, and many site system roles have been replaced/added to meet the needs of this new product.  The management console has been entirely re-engineered, and application and package deployment have also been changed.

All this means you had better start looking into the new requirements for future planning and possible migration to this product. There is no in-place upgrade available, but side-by-side migrations are possible. At this moment there doesn’t appear to be a way to have a SCCM 2007 site participate in a CM 2012 hierarchy like we did with SMS 2003/SCCM 2007.

I’ll be posting more in the future as we all prepare for the official release.

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