1 – SCCM Site Boundaries Stayed at the Bar too long.  Got in a fight with some angry UFC folks and wound up in the ER with tubes going in all sides.

Doctor writes in patient record: “Be sure to talk with your Network engineers to insure they are staying on top of their end.  No messing around with overlapping subnets, or laughing hysterically at the need to maintain AD sites and services.  Then be sure to actually heed the information they provide you and build your site boundaries to correctly match the environment.”

2 – Don’t forget about a Fallback Status Point

3 – Don’t forget to mention the FSP in the client push settings

4 – Don’t forget to include the appropriate accounts, and account permissions, for the client push installation account.  Especially when dealing with AD Forest Trusts and machines on both sides of the trust.

5 – Coffee.  Never never never forget about the coffee.  RedBull/Monster, etc. are okay, but real men chew their coffee whole, worry about the liquid part later.  Bonus: If you can manage to push the grinds through a tube, then injection may be your best bet.

6 – Get outdoors.  Staring at the screen for too long leads to glazing over, which leads to missing obvious things.

7 – Primal scream therapy.  It’s still allowed.  Practice it often, in random locations.  In the middle of a staff meeting.  In an elevator.  Standing in line at the deli. Whatever.  It can be very refreshing.

8 – SCCM Backups should be targeted to a different location than the SCCM drive itself.  And make sure there’s an offline backup process for double-protection.  If someone else manages the virtual hosting environment, and storage, talk to them about their backup processes to find a solution to fit everyone’s needs.

9 – Active Directory.  Do not ignore it.  If you don’t regularly check on DNS and DHCP configurations (and health), start doing it now.  Keep the accounts clean.  Devices that don’t exist, should be vaporized with extreme anger and a twitching eyelid.

10 – Always focus on the process first.  Then worry about the tools and methods.  Quite often, the best tools are a whiteboard and a cup of coffee (see item 5).  90% of my engagements end up chopping out a ton of unnecessary work just by standing back to take a fresh look at how things are done.


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