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How to clear out corrupted definitions for a Symantec Endpoint Protection client manually

How to fix and rebuild corrupted definitions for a Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) client.
Error: "Virus definitions are missing on this computer. This computer will remain unprotected until definitions are downloaded from the network. Contact your system administrator for help updating your virus definitions"
Solution: Instructions for 64-bit Operating Systems:
For Windows Vista/Server 2008/Windows 7 Stop the Symantec Endpoint Protection Services:Click StartRun, type in smc -stop, and push Enter.Click the Start button.In the search bar type services and then press Enter.
Note: If the User Account Control prompt pops up click Continue.Right-click Symantec Endpoint Protection and click Stop.
Note: If you are unable to stop the Symantec Management Client you will need to temporarily disable Tamper Protection. Please see the Technical Information at the bottom of this document for instructions.Delete the data from the Definition folders:Virus Definitions

Configure and Manage Distributed File System (DFS)

Uninstall IE9 via SCCM

Internet Explorer 9 is the fastest, most secure iteration of IE yet!  Unfortunately, some companies are not ready to deploy it into production or are in a testing phase.  In environments with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) you may have cases where an administrator accidentally rolled out IE 9 via SCCM’s Software Updates.  In this scenario you may need to uninstall IE9 and reinstall at a later time.  But how do you go about removing IE9 from systems?

I have seen various ways to do this with SCCM, and I am a fan of simple solutions.  Microsoft has provided a Microsoft Fix It link within this article:  The awesome part is that the link runs an MSI.  MSI installers are a perfect item to package up in SCCM for easy distribution!
Here is the summary of how I set it up for one of my customers:
Create a Collection of Workstations with IE9 installedPackage the MSI downloaded by clicking “Fix this problem” in the above articl…

ConfigMgr 2012: Upcoming Enhancements in SP1

You can view the announcement at

Enhancements include:
Platform Support:Windows 8Windows 8 tablet (Intel SoC) supportMac OS XLinux and UnixOperating System Deployment: Windows To Go supportApplication Delivery:Win 8 appsDeep link applicationsNetwork Cost SupportPowerShell ProviderPowerShell Cmdlets:Tasks exposed in the Administration ConsoleSuitable experience for administrator (not the SDK)Align with PowerShell general contentionsBitlocker changes:TMP and PINUsed Space BitlockerPrestaged media now supports additional contentWIM, Applications, Drivers, Package/ProgramsFlexible hierarchy management:Ability to add a new Central Administration SiteMigration between ConfigMgr 2012 hierarchiesHierarchy easier to control:Schedule replication for a given linkSQL Server distributed viewsCompression for SQL Server dataSoftware Updates Management:Fallback to Windows Update for contentDefinition updates 3x/dayEndpoint ProtectionReal…

SCCM Collection with IE9 Installed Clients

Identify Windows 7 clients that already have IE9.x installed. Query:-
 select * from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_SoftwareFile on SMS_G_System_SoftwareFile.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceID inner join SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM on SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceID where SMS_G_System_SoftwareFile.FilePath like "%\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\" and SMS_G_System_SoftwareFile.FileName like "iexplore.exe" and SMS_G_System_SoftwareFile.FileVersion like "9.%" and SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.Version like "6.1%

"Connection Error" When Downloading Email on Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Description: After configuring exchange account in Android based phone, specifically in Samsung galaxy s2 or tab, you do not receive emails but able to send and keep getting "Connection Error" Problem.
Solution:Changing the maximum email size to '100KB' from 'All' can solve this problem..

How to Find the Serial Number of your Computer

Open the command prompt (Start –> CMD) and type the following command: wmic bios get serialnumber Another command that will also print the model number (or make) of your computer is: wmic csproduct get name, identifyingnumber

Power Shell to Create DFS-R Diagnostic Reports.

Script to generate a new DFS- HTML Health Report and Propagation report for the "Replication Group" using the native dfsradmin.exe tool.

Sample Script

$ReportFilePath = "C:\DFSReports\Propagation-sx.net_vol1_marketing-"+(Get-Date -UFormat %Y-%m-%d) $ReferralDC = "sx\" #$reportFilePath1 = "C:\Marketing" $SmtpServer = "" $EmailFrom = "" $EmailTo = ""
#Run Dfsradmin.exe to generate Health  Report DfsrAdmin.exe Health New /RgName:`"\vol1\marketing`" /RefMemName:$ReferralDC /RepName:$ReportFilePath /FsCount:true
#Run Dfsradmin.exe to generate to generate Propagation test and Report DfsrAdmin.exe Proptest New /RgName:`"\vol1\marketing`" /RfName:"Marketing" /MemName:"sx\sbmx01-neerav" /domain:"" DfsrAdmin.exe PropRep New /RgN…

How to remove Google Toolbar from all the PC's

1. Depending on the version you can uninstall it using MsiExe.exe /X{string} /QN
2  Here is a link to a tool  to find the uninstall string.:

- Run it and find the uninstall string for Google Toolbar something like below:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\GoogleToolbarManager_223E2B8E7BAD9544.exe" /uninstall 
Uninstall string depends upon the version  installed on the system.
- Create a package in SCCM and while creating a program, in the Command Line Under General tab put the same Uninstall string and run with Administrative rights.


Remotely find a Server’s Manufacturer and Serial Number

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
& "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colBIOS = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_BIOS")
For each objBIOS in colBIOS
Wscript.Echo "Manufacturer: " & objBIOS.Manufacturer
Wscript.Echo "Serial Number: " & objBIOS.SerialNumber

Windows 7 dual physical screens remain blank after remote desktop

Description: If you running Win7 Enterprise version on a Dell Optiplex 755 ,780 or 790  with an ATI Radeon HD2400Pro PCIe card and the ATI 9.11 Catalyst Drivers/Control Center, you might have encountered this issue.
Error: "No Such Error"

There is no such solution available so far but there are couple of workarounds that might work out:

Unplugged the DVI cables from  monitors, swapped the cables over and plugged them back in (this is because monitor #1 was on the right and not set as primary. Try to update the Graphics driver. At console session... Keep in mind, you will not see any change in the main screen until after you have completed the steps.

2)  Type your password
4)  Hit ENTER twice.

This actually will work. Log in another computer and check the Windows Desktop Manager service, if it is stopped, try starting and check if it works. 

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Systems Management

SCCM 2007 official documentation in PDF, DOC(X) etc. 

Here's the place for links to official SCCM 2007 documentation in pdf, doc(x), chm, etc. formats.
Core documentation:

Configuration Manager 2007 Documentation Library (technet):

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment Guide: Healthcare(pdf):

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Software Distribution Guide: Healthcare(pdf) :

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Deployment Guide: Healthcare(pdf):

System Center Configuration Manager Software Update Management Guide: Healthcare(pdf):…
Group policy is not getting applied to Client Machine.
We have done few Group policy changes on our Domain and for some strange reason it has applied for few computers only:1. As a first step tried to do GPUPDATE /force on problematic computers and then Run Gpresult /v >gpresult.txt on problematic client system and match the everything.