Service Pack Madness

Today as most have read or heard, the latest service pack for System Center 2012 Configuration Manger dropped. If you haven’t read about it, check out the official announcement: Announcing the availability of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2. Also, here’s a great supplemental article on what’s […]

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CCMSETUP and Bypass Traverse Checking

Security is necessary in today’s world, that’s undeniable, but that doesn’t make it fun. At my current customer, most everything was going swimmingly well until I went to deploy the first test client. This was a manual install from the command-line — not that that should make any sort of difference though. So, while watching ccmsetup.log […]

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Certificates for Microsoft Intune

Certificates needed for using Intune and managing devices can be a very confusing topic whether in a hybrid or standalone configuration. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between hybrid and standalone, check out my previous post on this: Comparing the Two Modes of Microsoft Intune. To start with, in reality, Intune itself requires no certificates […]

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UI++ 2.4.0.0 Released

No new major items in this release although a couple of important bugfixes are included along with a number of user requested improvements. Also, after re-writing the AppTree code literally 10 times, inclusions are back. Exclusions are still disabled for now, but I’ll be adding those back shortly. For full details and to download the […]

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Comparing the Two Modes of Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is Microsoft’s cloud based device management solution. It can be deployed in one of two modes depending upon the exact requirements of an organization: stand-alone and hybrid. Before going into the comparison of these two modes, I need to clarify a couple of terms. Device: Any multi-purpose computer used by a user to […]

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SCU2015 Resources

As promised during my Enterprise Security with Configuration Manager session at System Center Universe last Wednesday, here are the two compliance settings scripts (health and remediation) to validate and enforce a specific, non-trivial local admin group membership policy. These were created with a very specific set of rules and requirements in mind (listed on slide 13 of the session […]

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Boot image selection in ConfigMgr

Boot image selection during PXE in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is something that comes up from time to time in the forums as well as every-day discussions. This can be quite confusing to explain or comprehend in normal language even though it’s truly not that difficult once you get it. The logic for boot […]

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UI++ 2.3.0.2 Released

The major new addition is the Preflight action enabling checks in the task sequence to help prevent the task sequence from proceeding based on the current state of the system. Info fields on the Input action, group membership detection for an authenticated user, a few additional detections, and few UI tweaks are also included. For […]

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SQL Server Inventory Using ConfigMgr

Here’s a script to gather complete SQL Server inventory information using ConfigMgr. I’ve tested and used it to gather information on SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012. I haven’t tested it on 2014 explicitly, but it should work fine. Note that Sherry already has a series of mof edits posted at Installed SQL05, SQL08, SQL12, SQL14 […]

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