Month: March 2018

Top Level Configuration Manager Collections

Having been through quite a few CM migrations over the past few years, one of the things that I have seen heavily used in previous versions is nested collections, which had a similar functionality in SCCM as nested groups in Active Directory. However, this option has been removed with CM12, leaving administrators to re-think their collection hierarchy practices. Proper folder management is a large part of that, especially in larger organizations, but top level collections are still just as important, if not more, in the new version of Configuration Manager. The main reason for this is that we use...

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We built a new Windows Server 2016 S2D Cluster last week and moved all VMs from Windows 2012 R2 Cluster to new Windows 2016 S2D Cluster and Standalone Windows 2016 Hyper-V Server, everything looks awesome, they got better performance.
But when we tried to use Veeam backup and replication 9.5 with Update 3 to Back and replica VMs, all VMs are happy except two Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Servers, they showed error message “Failed to create VM recovery checkpoint (mode: Veeam application-aware processing) Details: Job failed (”). Error code: ‘32768’. Failed to create VM recovery snapshot, VM ID ‘d2936ee7-3444-419e-82d9-01d45e5370f8’.Retrying snapshot creation attempt (Failed to create production checkpoint.)Task has been rescheduled”.

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Server AntiVirus Exclusions in Configuration Manager

One of the reasons why I really like System Center Endpoint Protection is its ease of management. This goes double when we’re using it to manage servers, as we get to leverage all the stuff that Configuration Manager has in its database to target policies. By targeting Antimalware Policies to collections that are based upon dynamic variables, we create an easy to manage environment that automates the provisioning of exclusion and scan policies for new and existing servers. In this post I’m not going to get into the process of creating the exclusion policies. Microsoft has included templates for...

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