SCCM Client duplicate GUIDs and VMware View Blast

Alex Mags
Another super niche blog post. No one is ever going to find this…. So I had to dig into System Centre Configuration Manager today, probably Microsoft’s most complex product. I’ve been using this massively scalable and capable scheduling system since SMS1.2. But it still a bit scary to support… Machines cloned by VDI service VMware View were coming up with the same unique ID. The SMS client had been captured in the reference image that was cloned to create desktop pools.

Package - Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Alex Mags
JRE install/reinstall package This will help you do unattended install of JRE. JRE is a little tricky as there are several major versions. There are 32bit and 64bit editions. There are regular updates. And there are plenty of security vulnerabilities that need patching regularly, especially the java plug-in for web browsers. Currently Oracle release JRE updates every quarter and this needs to become more frequent. As a result you need good version control for your packages and reliable install and upgrades.