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Searching the ConfigMgr Documentation

I have often been frustrated with the online ConfigMgr documentation library. It is simply not very user friendly. The organization is cludgy, but what really has made it unusable is that the search function on the page can’t be restricted to just the ConfigMgr section…it finds results from all of TechNet. I don’t want results from Exchange…I just want the results from ConfigMgr.

Today I came across an article written by Cliff Hobbs about this very issue…along with how to restrict the searches to give the results you are looking for. The info in that article actually makes the doc library usable. Although…I still say it needs to be overhauled to be more user friendly. You shouldn’t have to remember a search string to enter in order to be able to restrict the results.

The basic gist is that in every search you must include the following in the search string:

site:technet.microsoft.com "configuration manager"

Thanks a ton for posting that Cliff!

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December 3, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr | 1 Comment

ConfigMgr Documentation Error

This morning I was doing some research on Maintenance Windows. As part of that research, I was looking at the ConfigMgr documentation library at the “How to Set a Maintenance Window” page. On that page is the following quote:

Advertised programs with the Maximum allowed run time option set to Unknown will fail on collections with a maintenance window set if that window is set to less than 12 hours (the default run time setting for Unknown).

That didn’t sound right to me. I remembered sitting in a Hands On Lab at MMS this year where Wally Mead made the statement that “Unknown” was evaluated as 120 minutes by maintenance windows. So…which one is accurate? I sent off a quick email to Wally to find out. The response I got back was pretty amusing.

Apparently the ConfigMgr dev team originally had ConfigMgr set to evaluate “unknown” as 720 minutes (12 hours), then shortened it to 120 minutes…but then finally settled on ignoring it entirely. So…a patch/app that has “unknown” as the maximum allowed run time will not be restricted from running based on a maintenance window.

I asked Wally when this change took place, and he confirmed that this non-restriction was in the RTM version. So…regardless of which version of ConfigMgr you are running, an “unknown” run time program will not be restricted by a maintenance window.

December 3, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr | 1 Comment