Monthly Archives: March 2014

SCCM 2012 R2 SSRS

What a load of ….. acronyms. One big change from SCCM 2007 is in Reporting. SCCM 2012 now uses SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Report Builder (SRB). For someone (me!) not entirely comfortable with SSRS and SRB, a friend comes to the rescue with a blog written last year. Russ Rimmerman’s blog on Inventory and Reporting has a bonus mini-primer on SSRS and SRB, plus he describes how it all works much better than I can. Over to you Mr. Russ! Browse to configmgr_geek_speak to read more.

 

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Wayne

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Ponder this … 1520 Lumia or an XBox?

Did you know Microsoft make full feature versions of its software available for you to download and explore? This is especially valuable both in broadening your experience before a course and providing experience with companion products after your course. Right now, if you download a product, Microsoft is giving away a Lumia 1520 and an Xbox to one lucky winner.

http://aka.ms/ddls-xboxcomp

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Wayne

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MythBusters! 700 does not equal 70%!

Whaaat? Context please! OK, bit of background needed … Exams (wince) (groan) are something we professionals need to sit on a regular basis. Love them or hate them, the exams – especially when we pass! – are a validation of our knowledge and confirmation that the course and/or study we did shows our competency. For all too long, the 700 pass mark we strive for has been misinterpreted as being 70%, after all, the exams are out of 1000, so 700 = 70%. Strictly speaking, mathematically, it does. But, to Liberty Munson, Psychomagician Extraordinaire at Microsoft Learning (LeX), it means something totally different. Go to the LeX Born To Learn blog and watch the video, the ladies explain it much better than I could!

http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2014/02/28/psychomagician-and-super-sigma-bust-the-myth-700-does-not-mean-70.aspx

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Wayne

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Documentation? Who needs it!

Scenario: Monday morning the Boss taps on your cubicle wall and casually informs you that there is a security audit team arriving shortly … oh, did I forget to tell you? Sorry, but your documentation *is* up to date, isn’t it. That was a statement, not a question, so do you smile and reach for a folder (hard copy hasn’t quite died off yet) or does sweat break out on your forehead?

Of course this isn’t an issue, we all keep our documentation up to date, filed on the server and hard copy, don’t we 🙂

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager has 15 Security Roles, each has permissions that can be assigned to securable objects. You can also copy the default Roles and create your own, customized permission profile. Recording and create documentation for a large organization could become a nightmare. Let’s look at an updated (Dec 2013) spreadsheet that will make a life so much easier for you. Simply download the spreadsheet from http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Matrix-of-Role-Based-d6318b96 and start filling in your Administrative Groups and their associated Roles. It will take time, but nowhere near as much if you started from scratch!

Now, where did I put that folder …

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Wayne

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Interesting people you meet when ..

over in the US, working at a large conference. One of those was the ConfigMgr Guy, Russ Rimmerman. Nice bloke, very knowledgeable and, most importantly, a fantastic blog! As an MCT, knowing where to direct students for answer to their particular questions, or unique situations, is paramount. I do not know everything (funny that!) but I usually know someone, or somewhere, to get an answer. In this case, for my 10747 and 10748 System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager courses, Russ is a goldmine! For those people upgrading from SCCM 2012 sp1 to SCCM 2012 R2, Mr. Rimmerman has a step by step (using screen shots – bonus points Russ!) guide. Invaluable. As I said, interesting people you meet … glad I said “G’day” Russ, see you next year.

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Wayne

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