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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UI++ 2.2.0.0 Released

I’m still actively working on improving UI++ and adding features and functionality and thus, I bring you version 2.2.0.0. Based on feedback and production testing, I’m happy to call version 2.2.0.0 a final version (and thus no longer in beta). Download the latest version on the UI++ page. What’s New: Updated and reorganized the documentation a bit Added extended App Tree capabilities Default items Required items Hidden items Included items On-demand task sequence variable dump to a text file Large sizes for the Input and AppTree action dialogs Use of…read more

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UI++ Updated to version 2.1.0.0

That’s right, version 2.1.0.0 of UI++ is ready. This is still considered a beta, beta 2 to be exact, but I’m getting closer to slapping the non-beta label on it. What’s New: Added basic App Tree functionality Added Registry Write capabilities Added Required attribute for user input Updated icons Minor bugfixes Included non-debug exes in download What’s still coming: Advanced AppTree functionality like includes, excludes, hidden, required, and tooltips Folder browsing and selection Desktop injection AD group discovery Application and package mapping based on ARP data and AD group membership

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UI++ Open Beta Released

UI++ (formerly known as OSD++) version 2.0.1.0 has been released. This is the first open beta and available for anyone and everyone to download and use. Years in the making (yes years — I’ve been dragging my feet and getting distracted by work, life, and the World Cup), I’ve finally gotten to the point where UI++ is feature complete enough to release for general use. There are still features on the way and a few bugs I’m sure. The download on the project page contains everything you need to get…read more

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Windows Update Agent: Stand-alone Installer Returns

Not sure if it was my griping, kicking, screaming, and general whining to the right people (let’s just say it was), but someone finally came to their senses on the team that controls the Windows Update Agent (WUA) at Microsoft. Today they released an updated stand-alone installer that can be pushed out by ConfigMgr to update the WUA to the latest version; this is detailed in a blog post released on the ConfigMgr Team Blog and KB2887535. This effectively makes the following two posts on this blog OBE (for now at least):

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Version 1.6.7 Released: ConfigMgr Startup Script Updated

A couple of smaller updates to the startup script including a new feature and a bug fix: – The new feature is the ability to delete a registry value. I added this for a recent engagement involving a divestiture where the former parent company was using the ConfigMgr GPO to assign the client site. Because the GPO for this tattoos the registry instead of being a true policy, I needed an easy way to delete the value. – The bug fix, thanks to Mr. Johan (aka Mr. OSD), is for…read more

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