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  • April 4, 2012

    Fix SCOM Data Warehouse Error 31552

    To start fixing this SCOM error go to Administration> Run As Configuration > Accounts In the Accounts pane there are 2 accounts you need to reset the username and password for Data Warehouse SQL Server Authentication Account and Reporting SDK SQL Server Authentication Account.By default these accounts are set to nothing but a single space. reset both accounts using the same account and password Apply the changes and checked the OpsMgr eventlog. Even though the EventID’s 31552 will still appearing the frequency will be far less. Even though the OpsMgr databases are maintained automatically, it doesn’t hurt to run every now an then a Stored Procedure to update the statistics: sp_updatestats. Run it against the Data Warehouse database (OperationsManagerDW) and the output showed that many tables were updated.
  • April 3, 2012

    Reinstall Windows Update Service

    There is a few ways this can be done on Windows 7 and Vista using this great tool Windows 7 & Windows Vista I found this great tool works great http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/Fix%20WU.zip In windows xp I found the Microsoft way worked the best of reinstalling the Windows Update Agent http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943144
  • When setting up Microsoft ForeFront The first thing to do is to run Serversetup.exe. Of course you’ll want to run the file so click Run.Fill in your Name and Organization then click Next.You’re going to have to put a check in I accept the software license terms.When you do Next will be available so click Next.Now this is where you’re be choosing your topology. For this example we’llgo ahead and chose a Basic topology. This will install Microsoft ForefrontEndpoint Protection 2010 Database, Site Server Extension, Console Extension,Reporting components, and Reporting database based on your currentConfiguration Manager deployment. Maybe in future blogs I’ll go through otherdeployment options. Don’t forget to click Next.Here is where you will setup the Reporting server account information.Mostly it will be filled out by the user running setup but you can change thedomainusername. Click Next.If the password you typed doesn’t match the domainusername you’ll get theerror below. Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Error: The password is incorrect, or this account is not valid. Account :domainusername After I corrected my intentional typo FEP is now warning me that I shouldn’tuse my domain admin account. Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 For security reasons, it is not recommended to use a domain administratoraccount ‘domainusername’ as the reporting account. I’m going to OK this because it’s just a test lab. By default FEP will want to Join the Customer Experience ImprovementProgram. I recommend keeping this checked. I also checked User Microsoft Updateto keep my products up to date. Join Microsoft Spynet Basic is checked by default. I changed mine toAdvanced SpyNet. Location and disk space requirements blah blah blah. Oh no! It looks like my Verifying SQL Server prerequisite Failed with anError. When I click the More link I see the error below Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 requires that the SQL Server Agentservice...
  • April 2, 2012

    Total Recall August 3 2012

    This movie looks better then the original I like the All Star cast as well Colin Farrell, Jessica Beil and Kate Beckinsale. I really hope the movie lives up to the hype and I do hope they remake a few of the original scenes Arnold’s performance in the original was great.  
  • April 2, 2012

    Reset Your Lost Ubuntu Password

    From the boot menu or the boot disk select recovery mode, which is usually the second boot option. After you select recovery mode and wait for all the boot-up processes to finish, you’ll be presented with a few options. In this case, you want the Drop to root shell prompt option so press the Down arrow to get to that option, and then press Enter to select it. The root account is the ultimate administrator and can do anything to the Ubuntu installation (including erase it), so please be careful with what commands you enter in the root terminal. Once you’re at the root shell prompt, if you have forgotten your username as well, type ls /home That’s a lowercase L, by the way, not a capital i, in ls. You should then see a list of the users on your Ubuntu installation. In this case, I’m going to reset Susan Brownmiller’s password. To reset the password, type passwd username where usernameis the username you want to reset. In this case, I want to reset Susan’s password, so I type passwd susan You’ll then be prompted for a new password. When you type the password you will get no visual response acknowledging your typing. Your password is still being accepted. Just type the password and hit Enter when you’re done. You’ll be prompted to retype the password. Do so and hit Enter again. Now the password should be reset. Type exit to return to the recovery menu. After you get back to the recovery menu, select resume normal boot, and use Ubuntu as you normally would—only this time, you actually know the password!
  • Have you tried to renew the existing SCCM site server signing certificate for a native mode site, and wondered how to do this without creating a new certificate? This post provides a procedure to do this that is suitable for when the site server is on either Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008, and your PKI uses Microsoft Certificate Services. Disclaimer: This procedure is external to Configuration Manager, so you will not find this information in the Configuration Manager product documentation. However, we realize that PKI is often new to Configuration Manager admins, and aim to share our knowledge and experience to help you be more successful with the product. You can use the same procedure to renew any certificate that’s deployed through Certificate Services, but Group Policy auto-enrollment usually takes care of client certificate renewal automatically. And the IIS site system certificates for server authentication can be easily renewed from the Certificates MMC, by right-clicking on the certificate and selecting All Tasks, and then either Renew Certificate with New Key (recommended), or Renew Certificate with Same Key. However, there are 2 challenges for renewing the site server signing certificate: The Certificates MMC on Windows Server 2003 does not let you specify the Subject value, so you cannot renew the certificate with a new site code. The Certificates MMC is not designed for certificate templates that are configured for manual approval. A note here about manual approval and why changing this to automatic approval in order to workaround the Certificates MMC design is not recommended. Manual approval is recommended for the site server signing certificate because it is a “high value” certificate. It’s high value because it represents the key to the kingdom – your Configuration Manager hierarchy. In comparison with the other certificates, if this certificate is compromised (requested by a compromised or rogue site server), the whole integrity of the hierarchy is in jeopardy. One...
  • When deploying printers by group policy (GPO) 1000 is the default before you can no longer see anymore in the print manager. Microsoft has a work around to fix this issue . 1. On a DC open ntdsutil from the command prompt. 2. type ldap policies 3. type connections 4. type connect to the DC name 5. type quit 6. type show values 7. note the value for MaxPageSize 8. type set maxpagesize to # 9. type commit changes 10. type show values 11. note the new value 12. type quit twice
  • February 6, 2012

    Area 51 Conspiracy

    Questions surrounding the military’s secret research base in the Nevada desert have been swirling around for years. Jesse Ventura faces off against guards at Area 51, to find out why the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided the homes of two Area 51 watchdogs and to review alleged evidence that the government has been faking UFO sightings and alien abductions in order to cover up darker secrets at the base. Its secretive nature and undoubted connection to classified aircraft research, together with reports of unusual phenomena, have led Area 51 to become a focus of modern UFO and conspiracy theories. Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. The Roswell UFO Incident was a report of an object that crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in June or July 1947, allegedly an extra-terrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants. For more info on UFO and extra terrestrials tune into http://www.coasttocoastam.com/
  • January 10, 2012

    Upgrading MDT 2008 to 2010 for SCCM

    MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) provides the ability to do Lite Touch Deployments of computers. MDT has enhanced task sequence steps over those that are included in SCCM by default. Luckily you can integrate MDT with SCCM to get the best of both worlds (and achieve Zero Touch Deployments!) . This guide runs through the steps required to upgrade your version of MDT to 2010 and maintain the SCCM integration… This morning MDT 2010 RTM was released to the public (you can download it here). To see a list of the changes and new features you can expect to find take a look here. MDT 2008 integrated with SCCM task sequences To play safe before upgrading MDT first remove the integration with SCCM: • Run the “Configure ConfigMgr Integration” shortcut provided by MDT 2008 and select “remove components”. • Enter your SCCM site details and click Finish. • After confirming the MDT options have disappeared from the SCCM task sequence menus run the MDT 2010 setup Next perform the install of MDT • Step through the wizard selecting the components you want and the install location • The MDT setup will now take care of removing MDT 2008 and installing itself over the top After the wizard completes you can then re-run the integration wizard to add the MDT hooks back into SCCM • Enter your site details that you used in the first step When the wizard completes the MDT options should now be back in under the task sequence options: Note: If you had used MDT 2008 to provide unknown computer support to SCCM (if you can’t upgrade to R2 to get it natively) then you might want to consider not upgrading. MDT 2010 does not support the PXE filter driver but it does still allow you to remove it if you didn’t uninstall it before upgrading.