Archive for the ‘System Center Configuration Manager 2007’ category

XML Notepad

February 5, 2008

I just thought I would post a link to Microsoft’s free XML Notepad tool. I have found it very useful when parsing through XML files (in both SCCM and SCOM).

Handy features include:

  • Tree View synchronized with Node Text View for quick editing of node names and values.
  • Incremental search (Ctrl+I) in both tree and text views, so as you type it navigates to matching nodes.
  • Cut/copy/paste with full namespace support.
  • Drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system.
  • Infinite undo/redo for all edit operations.
  • In place popup multi-line editing of large text node values.
  • Configurable fonts and colors via the options dialog.
  • Full find/replace dialog with support for regex and XPath.
  • Good performance on large XML documents, loading a 3mb document in about one second.
  • Instant XML schema validation while you edit with errors and warnings shown in the task list window.
  • Intellisense based on expected elements and attributes and enumerated simple type values.
  • Support for custom editors for date, dateTime and time datatypes and other types like color.
  • Handy nudge tool bar buttons for quick movement of nodes up and down the tree.
  • Inplace HTML viewer for processing xml-stylesheet processing instructions.
  • Built-in XML Diff tool.
  • Support for XInclude
  • Dynamic help from XSD annotations.
  • Goto definition to navigate includes and XSD schema information.

You can download it here:


Excerpts from the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator’s Companion Chapter 11

January 29, 2008

I saw this posted over on and found it interesting. The book from the same authors for SMS 2003 was excellent, so I am really looking forward to this being released! (as of now it is listed as being released on 02.20.08). Anyway’s , here is a link to the excerpts and a podcast:

Microsoft Deployment Has Been Released

November 14, 2007


Microsoft Deployment unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. The fourth generation deployment accelerator adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and automated installation. Microsoft Deployment’s tools and end-to-end guidance reduce deployment time, standardize desktop and server images, limit service disruptions, reduce post-deployment help desk costs, and improve security and ongoing configuration management.Microsoft Deployment technologies eliminate interaction time required to install desktop and server operating systems. Interaction at the targeted computer may take a few moments using the Lite Touch Installation (LTI) method or it can be completely automated using Zero Touch Installation (ZTI). Zero Touch Installation utilizes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Systems Management Server 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack. Lite Touch Installation can be used when software distribution tools are not in place.

Microsoft Deployment also uses Configuration Manager 2007’s stand-alone media-initiated operating system deployment feature. This release offers project management guidance for all deployment roles and separates technical documentation for the products and technologies to facilitate automation tasks.

Microsoft Deployment enables deployment of the following Microsoft products:

  • Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (32 and 64 bit)
  • Office Professional, Professional Plus, Enterprise, and Ultimate 2007
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (32 and 64 bit) or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit)

Choosing the Right Version
Microsoft Deployment is offered in two versions to support Solution Accelerator component installation on x64 or x86 hosts. Select the version that corresponds with your host hardware type. Both versions of Microsoft Deployment support deployment of x86 and x64 Windows operating systems. Additionally, the Microsoft Deployment Process guidance is offered as a separate set of best practice documentation for organizations using deployment technologies not described in Microsoft Deployment technical documentation.

The Microsoft Deployment Quick Start Guide is available as a separate download on this page for anyone who wants to learn more about the accelerator before downloading the full package.

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System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions; Windows Vista; Windows XP; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Word or a Word viewer such as Word Viewer 2003 is required to view the documentation.
  • MMC 3.0 is required to run the Workbench and view the documentation on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
    Note MMC 3.0 is included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 and in Windows Vista.
  • Windows Script Host (WSH) 5.6.
  • The tools portion of Microsoft Deployment relies on several Windows deployment tools. After installation of the microsoftdeploymenttoolkit.msi and start-up of the Deployment Workbench, the user can choose to automatically download and install the following major tools from the Components:
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.2
    • User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
    • MSXML 6.0

It can be downloaded here:

 Cheers! – Geoff

New System Center Catalog is live

November 12, 2007

 I saw this posted over at

The new System Center Catalog is live for SCOM 2007, SCE 2007, MOM 2005 and SCCM 2007. 

Here are the URL’s: