Windows 10: In-place upgrade w/ PGP Desktop Encryption

Overview/ Intro Recently, I’ve had a few customers who use full disk encryption from Symantec (Symantec PGP, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, or Symantec Desktop Encryption) on client computers instead of Microsoft BitLocker. “Why?”… well… it’s most likely that they have a really good Symantec sales rep. Either that or they implemented prior to BitLocker being ready […]

Enable BIOS and UEFI Boot for PXE in DHCP

A boot is a boot, unless it doesn’t boot…. Question: Why can’t I just network boot this new hardware and image it like I’ve always done? What in the “farfrommovin” (or insert your own expletive here) is going on here?! Answer: New computers (tablets, laptops, desktops, etc) all have secure boot enabled these days. I […]

SCCM 2012 R2 – OS Deployment with PKI (HTTPS)

More and more organizations are implementing Configuration Manager with PKI (HTTPS) enabled. Recently, I worked with a customer who planned to do just that. Initially we set up the site without any certificates installed because the PKI Implementation within the domain was not yet completed. Once it was complete, we changed the site and client […]

Changing Service Account Passwords for SCSM

Recently I was asked about what the process was for updating service account passwords for Service Manager. Directions for this can be found on TechNet at the links below. Operational Database Account Workflow Run As Account SQL Server Analysis Services Account SQL Server Reporting Services Account Typically in an enterprise environment, there are password policies […]

SCSM 2012 Disk Requirements for DB Servers

Please keep in mind that this does not take precedence over the information provided in the MS Infrastucture Planning Guide. Full documentation and planning guidance for System Center 2012 Service Manager can be found HERE. Alternatively, the documentation may also be found in Microsoft’s TechNet Library. The following calculations were derived from the ‘SM2012_Sizer.xlsm‘ (sizing […]