How to move the SMS_[SITESERVER-FQDN] folder and/or smssqlbkup.log file of the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] SCCM component and how to fix the latter when it’s broken (SCCM 2012 R2)?

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Attention: this blog post has been written based on SCCM 2012 R2, more precisely with SP1. There is a small chance that this article is not completely true for SCCM 2012 R2 without SP1 or even that the content lies quite far from reality in SCCM 2012 non-R2. What is certainly true is this post doesn’t apply for older SCCM versions (2007 and older) for at least a decent amount.

This blog post’s goal is twofold:

  • Describing how to change the location of the SMS_[SITESERVER-FQDN] folder and/or smssqlbkup.log file of the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] SCCM component. Please read the paragraph “How to change the location of the SMS_[SITESERVER-FQDN] folder and/or the smssqlbkup.log file?” to deep-dive into this one.
  • Describing how the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] component may be broken, what happens then and how to fix it, even if you didn’t try to change the SMS_[SITESERVER-FQDN] folder and/or the smssqlbkup.log file. See the paragraph “What if the SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] component is broken?” hereunder for that part.

In both cases it may be useful to start with the introduction paragraph “First some background information on SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] component…” below. In the case of fixing a broken component (the 2nd goal of this post) I also think it’s worth reading the part about changing the location of the SMS_[SITESERVER-FQDN] folder and the smssqlbkup.log file, because it contains some in-depth details which may be useful to understand how to fix a broken SMS_SITE_SQL_BACKUP_[SITESERVER-FQDN] SCCM component.
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Fujitsu SCUP catalog cannot be imported

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In System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) 2011 there are some catalog references present by default, i.e. under “My Catalogs” in the pane “Catalogs”. If you select such a reference you can issue the command Import, which lets you import the catalog behind the reference, meaning the catalog is downloaded and the updates mentioned in the catalog are added to SCUP (well, actually the metadata of each of those updates is added). When added, you can view them in the pane “Updates” under “Overview”\”All Software Updates”\[NEW FOLDER FOR THE CATALOG’s UPDATES]. All this seems to work great, except for the catalog “Fujitsu PRIMERGY Updates Catalog” from publisher “Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH” (so from the company Fujitsu)… The catalog targets Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers. Read the rest of this entry »

Windows 8 released

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UPDATE: there is a new blog post which is more complete and updated. Check out https://windoh.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/windows-8-windows-server-2012-and-many-others-a-complete-and-updated-overview-of-their-releases-and-related-aspects.

On the 15th of August 2012 Windows 8 has been officially released, although only to a limited audience, i.e. MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Through TechNet 24 SKUs are available, while this is 36 at MSDN (the same 24 + 12 checked builds, used for debugging and typically only useful for a small group of developers).

The release isn’t exactly a surprise, as it was announced about 2 weeks ago. As you probably know Windows 8 and other products were RTM’d on the 1st of August 2012. It was also officially announced Volume License customers with Software Assurance (SA) may expect Windows 8 on the 16th of August 2012 UPDATE: through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site. Other programs follow later, with General Availability (GA) planned for the 26th of October 2012.

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WinDoh is moved!

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Today my blog, WinDoh, is moved from Blogger (http://windoh-pedro.blogspot.com) to WordPress (https://windoh.wordpress.com). My old blog is still accessible, but the blog entries will be replaced with links to the new blog. At the moment of writing about this move my previous blog had 25788 hits (in just over 15 months time, although the biggest piece of visitors were welcomed in 2011 and the beginning of this year). Hopefully this blog will attract even more visitors, so please come back as much as you want! I will try to improve the layout a little bit and add a lot of new content. Stay tuned!