Better Living Through Narratology

Moving Orphaned Secondary Site Systems in ConfigMgr 2007

Recently, I came across an issue in which a Secondary Site Server experienced unrecoverable hardware failure.  After the server was rebuilt, the old site was deleted with PreInst.exe /DELSITE and a new Secondary Site was created, I had to start re-adding all of the servers that were members of the failed Seconday Site.

For simplification, we’ll say the site code of the crashed Secondary Site is OLD and the site code of the newly created Secondary Site is NEW.  (Gotta love convenient three-letter words when it comes to SCCM!)

After adding the Site Systems and installing some component roles, I noticed ID 1048 in the Site Status error logs.  Error 1048 states: “SMS Site Component Manager detected that site system \\SERVERNAME is currently in use by SMS site OLD.”

OLD had been deleted but the Site Systems could not be removed before deletion, so they were, in effect, orphaned.  SCCM should  (more…)

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22 Basic Tips for Storytelling (according to Emma Coats)

This was shamelessly stolen from the internet but was too good not to add here, as well.

 

The 22 Things

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar (more…)

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