ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Deploying and Archiving)

This series of articles will provide a method of tracking end-to-end OSD revisioning using a few simple Task Sequence tasks and an optional PowerShell script.  In this first article, looked at why the out-of-box forensic information is useful but insufficient, and we implement a method for version control in the core image.  Now that we have a method of tagging...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Getting Started)

This topic has come up several times on the myITforum email lists, so this seems like a good opportunity to provide an example of how to do image version control in ConfigMgr.  There are numerous different ways this can be done, so this is just an outline that should be modified or improved upon to fit the particular implementation.  Ultimately,...

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October Microsoft Patch Disrupting ConfigMgr OSD

The October 2014 Patch Tuesday batch has brought a fresh round of OS deployment problems for ConfigMgr 2012 users. Several people have reported Security Update KB2984976 requiring multiple reboots, which intereferes with ConfigMgr Task Sequences as they cannot accommodate multiple reboots for a Software Update during the OSD process.  This issue has been acknowledged and documented by Microsoft as a known...

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Windows 10 Management

In a previous post, we took a quick look at a fresh install of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we ended with the successful installation of the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client. Now that we want to perform some management functions on the Windows 10 machine, there are a few environmental items of note: Microsoft .NET Framework – The installed...

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Windows 10 First Look

With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available, let’s take a first look at installing the new OS from the perspective of installing and managing a Windows 10 system. The initial setup phase is pretty much unchanged from Windows 8.x. You boot from the ISO, decide if you want to upgrade or do a clean install, select/create a partition, accept...

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Windows 10 Timeline

With the formal announcement yesterday of the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, the first question for enterprise IT professionals is “when and how will I support this?” When: The currenty timeline for full release of Windows 10 is late spring to early summer of 2015.  However, the Enterprise Technical Preview of Windows 10 will be available...

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Matching ConfigMgr Software Updates to a Deployment Package with PowerShell

The content side of Software Updates in ConfigMgr can be a bit confusing. Unlike Packages and Applications, in which the entirety of the content is downloaded to the local cache, when the client downloads Software Updates it only downloads the individual update.  As such, the Deployment Package is nothing more than a means of getting groups of individual updates out onto the...

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Leveraging PowerShell in Your ConfigMgr 2012 Hydration Lab

If you do a lot of work in a ConfigMgr lab like I do, you’re probably well familiar by now with the Hydration Kit provided by Johan Arwidmark.  This solution provides a very efficient means of standing up a ConfigMgr 2012 lab, saving time and headaches. However, while the Hydration Kit automates the installation of your ConfigMgr environment, it doesn’t...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Retrieving Objects in a Folder with PowerShell

The introduction of folders in the ConfigMgr 2012 console made for a great way to organize content within the ConfigMgr site.  To see what objects might be under any given folder in the console is simple…but what if you want to do it programmatically with PowerShell? Folders in ConfigMgr can be accessed through the WMI namespace for the site (Root\SMS\Site_XXX)...

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ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – Notification Server Install Errors

Issue: Upon installing a new ConfigMgr 2012 R2 site, the component status for the SMS_NOTIFICATION_SERVER component shows the following error: Site Component Manager failed to install this component, because the Microsoft Installer File for this component (bgbisapi.msi) could not install. Refer to the BgbSetup.log, the bgbisapimsi.log, as well as the ConfigMgr Documentation and the Microsoft Knowledge Base for further information....

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ConfigMgr and Windows To Go – Lessons Learned

For Microsoft customers with Enterprise Agreements, the Windows To Go option is becoming an increasingly useful approach to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) paradigm.  All you need is a certified USB stick and a host machine that meets the Win7/8 specs and you can take your workspace virtually anywhere. It’s reasonable to assume that most IT organizations will want...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – SCEP and Random Folders

Several weeks back some strange directories began showing up on the root of an external hard drive attached to a workstation.  The directory names were a random string of hex characters (ex – f70c1dfbdd743f2730354f01951da804) and they seemed to increase by a few each day. Attempting to navigate to (or delete) one of the folders prompts for admin approval, and the only content is...

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