How to use Collection Variables outside of Task-Sequences

Out of the box, Collection and Device Variables are only usable from within Task-Sequences. To get the Variables outside of Task-Sequences, you can install an additional WMI Provider (https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-Collection-1650d5bc) that provides the Variables and Values in a separate WMI Class (root\ccm\clientsdk:EXT_CollectionVariables ) Example to get all Variables assigned to the local device: Get-WMIObject -Namespace ‘root\ccm\clientsdk’ -Class ‘EXT_CollectionVariables’ Example to get...

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FREE Inventory Solution

Initially it was planned to create a Solution to store status Information from SmartHome Devices… But during testing, I always used data from my PC and realized that inventory a PC isn’t a big challenge… The solution is published as “Thingtory” (no, there is no political background !) on Codeplex (https://thingtory.codeplex.com/). A few Key-Features: “Thingtory” is agentless; on the Client...

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Collection Query findings

Collection Queries can be created easily from the Configuration Manager Console without deep knowledge of WQL or SQL… But have you ever checked how long the Collection Evaluator requires to execute the Query ? An example: the following Rule should get all Machines with a specific Software installed where the Software itself can be x86 or x64: CollEval took 153s...

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Unattended ConfigMgr2012 Setup

How much effort do you need to setup a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Site… It’s just one Command !!! If you have Windows Management Framework 5.0, just enter “install-package cm12r2” or with chocolatey “cinst cm12r2” Prerequisites: - Server 2012 R2 (Domain joined) - .Net Framework 3.5.1 installed !!! - Fast internet connection (it will download ~4GB of data)...

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Chocolatey Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

Do you want to pimp your Configuration Manager Application Catalog in your Demo or Lab Environment with some (~200) nice looking Applications… … then download and import the ChocoApp application Archive and import it into Configuration Manager 2012. The Applications are imported from the chocolatey.org Package-Repository. They use the Chocolatey command to download and install the applications. The Apps do...

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PowerShell scripts in Collection Commander

With the release of Collection Commander V1.0.0.6, PowerShell commands are now all stored as files in the “PSScripts” Directory next to the executable…. The PS1 Files can be moved into subfolders to have an organized structure of the files… The PowerShell Command Console will load all the Files and Folders and generates a menu structure that is identical to the...

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PowerShell to cleanup expired “Client Operations” tasks

Deleting old, unused Client Operations tasks in the Configuration Manager 2012 Console is a pain because you cannot delete multiple items; you have to delete one by one…. The following PowerShell Command will cleanup all expired “Client Operations” Tasks (Adminconsole node Monitoring\Client Operations). Replace xxx with your SiteCode and run the command on the site server. Get-WmiObject -namespace “root\sms\site_xxx” SMS_ClientOperationStatus...

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Stable release for Collection Commander for ConfigMgr 2012

Collection Commander for Configuration Manager 2012 has now a stable Version (Build V1.0.0.3) which is available as WindowsInstaller (MSI) package. Change log: – MSI Setup – UI Improved – CM12 Console integration – New Powershell code snippets – Client Center Integration If you miss some functions, please place a note on https://cmcollctr.codeplex.com/discussions (with the corresponding Powershell command if available).

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Configure WinRM by using CM12 Settings Management

Configuring WinRM (Windows Remote management) over GPO is a common scenario, but what to do if your Systems are not member of a Domain ?…. Compliance Settings in Configuration Manager 2012 can monitor and remediate configurations; why not using this technology to track the WinRM settings on your systems. I’ve prepared a Baseline that monitors and remediate some basic WinRM...

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Monitoring CM12 Prerequisites and IIS configurations

Is IIS on your CM12 Site Systems properly configured ? An easy way to monitor (and automatically fix) your settings is using the compliance settings management from Configuration Manager 2012… Based on Prerequisites for Site System Roles , I’ve created a DCM Baseline example that monitors and fixes IIS configurations and missing Server features that are used on ConfigMgr2012 Site...

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Collection Commander for Configuration Manager 2012

A first beta of Collection Commander for Configuration Manager 2012 is now published on http://cmcollctr.codeplex.com. Collection Commander for CM12 is an extended version of the recently released Patch Monitoring Tool for CM12. It does use the SCCM Client Center Automation Library (which requires WinRM) as core, but can also  run custom powershell commands against multiple systems. If you are missing...

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