Out of Office funny.

The funny part about this out of office message, they sent me an email yesterday and they wanted me to reply yesterday!  Go figure. (I replied today Smile )



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Episode 13: Chris Nackers
ConfigMgr OSD Tips/Tricks – What happens when I do this… uh-oh
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 ~ 11:00 – 12:30 pm PST

What drivers do you really need in WinPE? Why shouldn’t you just add everything until it works? How does MDT Application Mapping work?

If you want to know these answers then join Chris Nackers, Microsoft MVP as he dives into the world of OSD and answers these questions and more!

Register now and get your guru on!

If you are just starting PowerShell or haven’t looked at it at all but want to get some starting information, you should really check out the “Windows PowerShell for Beginners” on demand session.  This is available for free on the MMS 2012 Digital Experience site (http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms), and is led by none other than the inventor of PowerShell himself: Jeffrey Snover.  The session is great because of the way Jeffrey explains not only the basics of PowerShell usage, but also the design methodology behind PowerShell.  Understanding how PowerShell functions as it does can help you to grasp it’s usage and functionality.  Everything is clear and concise, with many demo’s.  Check it out if you have the time.


There were a few interesting tidbits I took away from the session:

– Windows 8/Server 2012 will ship with over 1,200 PowerShell cmdlets

– The PowerShell blog at Microsoft: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell

– The forthcoming Microsoft Script Explorer  for Windows PowerShell (currently in pre-release), which can help you search for scripts to handle certain functions and then use them to help you build your owns scripts.  You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29101

– The Windows PowerShell 3.0 ISE (releasing with Windows 8/Server 2012) will have Intellisense built into it, an auto-completion assistance tool.  This a nice feature already found in some third party PowerShell ISE’s.

This query lists all the machines with Windows 2008 showing the  OS Edition, and Service Pack.
*Requires Normalize CM

Sample result:

OS Manufacturer OS Name OS MajorVersion OS ServicePack OS Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 NULL Enterprise x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP0 Datacenter x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP1 Datacenter x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP0 Enterprise x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 NULL For Itanium-Based Systems x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP0 For Itanium-Based Systems x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP0 Standard x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 2008 R2 SP1 Standard x64


Thease queries use the BDNA_HARDWARE_DATA class


select System.Name, HARDWARE.IsVirtual, HARDWARE.OS_Manufacturer, HARDWARE.OS_Name, HARDWARE.OS_MajorVersion, HARDWARE.OS_MinorVersion, HARDWARE.OS_ServicePack, HARDWARE.OS_Edition from  SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_BDNA_BDNAHARDWAREDATA_1_1 as HARDWARE on HARDWARE.SMSUniqueIdentifier = SMS_R_System.SMSUniqueIdentifier inner join SMS_R_System as System on System.SMSUniqueIdentifier = HARDWARE.SMSUniqueIdentifier where HARDWARE.OS_Name = “Windows Server 2008” and HARDWARE.OS_MajorVersion = “2008 ”


SELECT v_R_System.Name0 as Name, Hardware.IsVirtual0 as IsVirtual, Hardware.OS_Manufacturer0 as OS_Manufacturer, Hardware.OS_Name0 as OS_Name, Hardware.OS_MajorVersion0 as OS_MajorVersion, Hardware.OS_MinorVersion0 as OS_MinorVersion, Hardware.OS_ServicePack0 as OS_ServicePack, Hardware.OS_Edition0 as OS_Edition

FROM v_R_System

INNER JOIN v_GS_BDNA_Hardware_Data0 Hardware ON Hardware.SMSUniqueIdentifier0=v_R_System.SMS_Unique_Identifier0

WHERE Hardware.OS_Name0 = ‘Windows Server 2008’ AND Hardware.OS_MajorVersion0 = ‘2008’

Cumulative Update 6 contains a number of fixes for Operations Manager 2007 R2, as well as all of the fixes from Operations Manager 2007 R2 CU5. A number of fixes may require manual steps to install.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29850


Cumulative Update 6 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 resolves the following issues:

  • RMS promotion fails if NetworkName and PrincipalNames are not in sync for agents.
  • UI is limited to only 100 MB for the Memory Usage field in the wizard.
  • Additional OIDs in auth certificate are not processed correctly.
  • AEM creates duplicate computer objects in OpsMgr based on Agents NetBIOS name.
  • Cannot open reporting pane on OpsMgr 2007 R2 remote console.
  • Cannot view schedule for scheduled report.
  • ManagementServerConfigTool with the option "promoterms" fails because it stops polling the SDK Service.
  • OpsMgr reports are failing on Windows 7 with the error: "Cannot initialize report."
  • ACS events have "n/a" as their category in the ACS database.
  • Watch agentless monitoring listener to detect failure to respond.
  • SCOM SDK memory leak on cryptography keys and cryptography contexts.
  • After you click Edit Schedule, a message box appears, and you cannot save the change value.
  • Audit events can be lost when the AdtServer process crashes.

Cumulative Update 6 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 resolves the following cross-platform issues:

  • The installation process for the IBM AIX 6.1 agent incorrectly checks for AIX 5.3 packages.
  • After a system restart, the OpsMgr agent for Solaris may start to run before local file systems are mounted.
  • On Red Hat Linux version 4 and SUSE Linux version 9, LVM disks are not discovered and cannot be monitored.
  • The OpsMgr agent for AIX does not report the arguments for monitored processes.
  • When Microsoft security update MS12-006 is installed on an OpsMgr management server, that management server can no longer communicate with the OpsMgr agent on any Linux or UNIX server.
  • On HP-UX, OpsMgr cannot discover and monitor a logical volume that is composed of more than 127 physical volumes.

Cumulative Update 6 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 adds the following cross-platform features:

  • Support for IBM AIX 7.1 (POWER).
  • Support for Oracle Solaris 11 (x86 and SPARC).