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Microsoft Azure Backup Server(MABS) V3 is now available

Microsoft Azure Backup Server(MABS) V3 is now available for download. Please refer to the Microsoft Help Article 4457852 for new features and critical bug fixes in MABS V3. MABS V3 combines all features and bug fixes from DPM 1801, DPM ... continue reading
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is released! Here is a quick overview

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is released! Here is a quick overview

System Center 1807 announcement is available here. What’s new in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is available here. How to Upgrade to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1807 is available here. The content in this blog describes the new ... continue reading

System Center Service Manager (SCSM) Authoring Management Pack tips and best practices

When using the SCSM Authoring Management Pack, follow these tips and best practices for best results. These are not always presented in order, so please read through this post before setting up your MP. Disable the MPSSyncJob Schedule before importing ... continue reading
How to upgrade ConfigMgr to the latest version along with upgrading OS and SQL

How to upgrade ConfigMgr to the latest version along with upgrading OS and SQL

Here is a step by step upgrade path from System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP2 hosted on Windows Server 2012 R2 to System Center Configuration Manager 1702 or later hosted on Windows Server 2016. These steps can be used if ... continue reading

System Center 2016 now supports TLS1.2 security protocols

TLS 1.2 is the secure way of communication suggested by Microsoft with best-in class encryption. SSL and early TLS are not considered strong cryptography and cannot be used as a security control. Microsoft has added official support for TLS1.2 security ... continue reading

High CPU/High Memory in WSUS following Update Tuesdays

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of high CPU/High Memory usage problems with WSUS, including WSUS in a System Center Configuration Manager environment – these have mostly corresponded with Update Tuesdays. Microsoft support has determined that the issue ... continue reading
Azure Recovery Services Vault Management – performing a vault swap

Azure Recovery Services Vault Management – performing a vault swap

In this blog post I will address some of the questions we’re receiving from customers regarding Azure Backup and Recovery Services vaults. We will focus on one of the most common Azure Backup / Recovery Services Vault management scenarios, which ... continue reading

Error: “There are no task sequences available to this computer” during a PXE boot

Starting with System Center Configuration Manager, version 1702, unknown computers that are started from media or PXE may not find task sequences targeted to them. The SMSTS.log shows: [crayon-5d588776eaa42966320676/] This issue may occur if the Previous button on the “Select a task ... continue reading
KB: Configuration Manager 2007 client operations fail after you install a May 2017 security update for Windows Server 2008 R2

KB: Configuration Manager 2007 client operations fail after you install a May 2017 security update for Windows Server 2008 R2

We have released a new KB article Configuration Manager 2007 client operations fail after you install a May 2017 security update for Windows Server 2008 R2 which contains a solution to the following issue: Client-related operations fail in an installation ... continue reading

Troubleshooting Service Manager work item (Incident, Change Request, Service Request) status stuck on “New”

Any time we see newly created work items stuck with a “New” status, it generally means that the Service Manager workflows are not processing or are processing slowly. Monitoring the “Minutes behind” of each workflow can be a useful method ... continue reading