Another Update (or two) Released that Breaks Task Sequences… Add it to your To Do list.

By Nash Pherson  - UPDATE 2014/06/18 – It is possible that KB2965788 is not the culprit!  It could in fact be KB2920189 (which supersedes KB2871690 – one of the previously known double-rebooters) that is causing the trouble.  After the story originally broke, we just did offline servicing of all the June updates that supported it, which included both KB2965788 and KB2920189.  Lab...

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Five valuable things ConfigMgr should just inventory by default…

By Nash Pherson  - I have helped numerous school districts, universities, public agencies, and private companies implement ConfigMgr 2012, and at each one we have spent time customizing hardware inventory in order to be able to solve common systems management problems. It seems like the ConfigMgr product team does a good job setting most things up to fit 80% of the organizations...

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Five Future ConfigMgr Usability Wins

By Nash Pherson  - While we are waiting to see what will come out in Cumulative Update 1 for ConfigMgr 2012 R2, I thought I would write up some of the product improvements that I’ve been hoping to see for some time.  Many of these have been suggested before (even back in the CM07 and SMS days), but I thought I would...

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Hotfix for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Issues with OSD and Windows XP, still no Cumulative Update yet

By Nash Pherson  - Microsoft just released KB2910552 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to address issues when starting a task sequence from within a Windows XP operating system: You cannot deploy Windows 8.1 to a Windows XP-based computer after you upgrade to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager This problem was introduced when support was added for the version of...

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CU4 for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 released, nothing for R2 yet

By Nash Pherson  - Earlier today the knowledge-base article and file download went live for Cumulative Update 4 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2922875/ Microsoft describes 13 fixes included in the CU that cover Software Distribution, Operating System Deployment, the Console, App-V, Endpoint Protection, and Site Servers.  After upgrading your hierarchy’s site servers, you’ll need to deploy updates to clients...

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ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SDK Released, includes updated Application Approval Workflow solution

By Nash Pherson  - The System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SDK has been released today. You will notice 21 shiny new Classes and Methods for a number of features, including managing content and clients. There are also a total of 37 updated Classes and methods. Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29559 A full list of what’s new is available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh948208.aspx The big...

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Enjoy a New Toolkit for ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Nash Pherson  - There is a new Toolkit for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager available for download today. System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213 The ConfigMgr team has added three new tools to this valueable package: DP Job Manager A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points. Collection Evaluation...

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Help with an X-Mas Update Miracle

There is now an entry in the ConfigMgr Feedback on Microsoft Connect to try to get resolution for the issues with installing updates in a task sequence which require 2 reboots.  The goal is to get the ConfigMgr team to entice all the relevant parties into the same room and come up with a sane solution to the problem described...

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MDOP 2013 R2 Available Today

By Nash Pherson  - Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 R2 today in separate articles on the Windows SpringBoard Series Blog and on the Windows for your Business Blog.  This release was quicker than the rumored Q1 of 2014 timeline and shows some good progress in the MDOP products. Windows SpringBoard Series Blog:  Announcing MDOP 2013 R2...

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Giving Feedback on Microsoft Connect for ConfigMgr 2012: Help Yourself, Help the Community.

By Nash Pherson  - As a consultant focused on helping organizations be more effective and efficient systems managers, one key principal I try to teach and role model is to participate in the community.  One major selling point for implementing ConfigMgr is the community that comes with running a product that manages half of all managed devices on the planet. A key...

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Anti-malware platform update released, part of the new normal

By Nash Pherson  - On 27 November, Microsoft released another anti-malware platform cumulative update for System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP). KB2907566 adds some interesting improvements that definitely make it worth testing and deploying: KB2907566 – November 2013 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients Adds anti-tampering functionality to reduce the risk that malware will disable or bypass anti-malware...

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CU3 for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Released, Adds Some Windows 8.1 Support

By Nash Pherson  - In a surprise KB article published today, Microsoft released Cumulative Update 3 for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1.  A support team blog post is expected soon.  See the KB article for all the details and to download the update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125/en-us There are a number of the usual bug fixes in a several product areas.  However, there are two features rolled into this CU...

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