UE-V Agent Throws Exception on Install

A while ago I had the UE-V agent unsuccessfully install in my packaging environment. I thought this would be a good thing to write about to explain the rather vague error code I got and also show how you can troubleshoot a UE-V Agent or Tools installer issue. Read the full article over at my blog. http://kkaminsk.blogspot.ca/2014/10/ue-v-throws-exception-on-install.html

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Install a CentOS 7 Linux Virtual Machine in Windows Hyper-V Server

By Garth Jones Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) or CM12 R2, I wanted to confirm what steps were needed to inventory the *nix server operating system. In my example I chose CentOS 7, so over the next few blog posts I will show you how to install a CentOS 7 Linux virtual machine in Windows Hyper-V Server, how...

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Upcoming speaking gigs 2014 / 2015

Seems to be my ‘year of conferences’ this year. Since moving to Australia in March 2014 I didn’t have a quiet and laid back month; and it won’t change in the next few months. Here’s my speaking schedule up until next February: Topic Date Event Powershell Desired State Configuration 27/10/2014-28/10/2014 TechEd Australia Sydney Service Management Automation / Azure Automation (with Trevor Sullivan) 11/11/2014-13/11/2014 Midwest Management Summit (Minneapolis / USA) Powershell Desired State Configuration (with Jeff Wouters) 11/11/2014-13/11/2014 Midwest Management Summit (Minneapolis / USA) Powershell Tips ‘n Tricks (co-presenting with Jeff Wouters and Trevor Sullivan) 11/11/2014-13/11/2014 Midwest Management Summit (Minneapolis / USA) Service Management Automation and ConfigMgr 11/11/2014-13/11/2014 Midwest Management Summit … Continue reading

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Midwest Management Summit: It’s time to get registered

The good folks at MNSCUG have worked with the hotel to get group rates extended a few more days, and so they have also extended the reduced conference registration until Friday, October 17th. Midwest Management Summit November 10-11-12, 2014 http://mms.mnscug.org The Midwest Management Summit is a 3-day conference purposely capped to just 500 attendees so that nobody gets lost in...

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Speaking @ MMS as one of the 3 International System Center Chefs

I am excited to be co-presenting a Service Manager session at MMS 2014 on November 10th. The session is titled: 900 Degrees of Service Manager with 3 International System Center Chefs. I am lucky to be co-presenting with: Here is what you can expect from the session: “In this demo-packed session, you explore the depths […]

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What does good SAM look like?

I was asked this question the other day and so thought further examination was worth writing down and sharing.  But before we race to a conclusion, it’s worth understanding the roots of SAM as this will serve to reinforce the value of the activities that comprise good SAM.  Software Asset Management was borne out of a need to have a...

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System Center Service Manager: Service Catalog

One of the core pieces to Service Manager is the Service Catalog. This is the website where end users can go to submit incidents or service requests. The website is built from a SharePoint site and runs a Silverlight plugin, so there are a lot of possibilities for customization. There are two parts to adding items to the service catalog...

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Comparing ConfigMgr Date Formats in PowerShell

If you have worked with ConfigMgr much, you know that uses WMI to stores tons of information.  WMI uses the CIM_DATETIME format, which looks like this: yyyymmddHHMMSS.mmmmmmsUUU.  In order to work with this in PowerShell, you need to convert it into something that the Get-Date cmdlet can understand.  Here are two ways that you can accomplish this: Using […]

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How to list SSRS Report permissions

  Have you ever needed to know which groups or users have access to your reports? Use the following query to get a comprehensive list of who has access to what. USE ReportServer GO select u.UserName, r.RoleName, r.Description, c.Path, c.Name from dbo.PolicyUserRole pur inner join dbo.Users u on pur.UserID = u.UserID inner join dbo.Roles r […]

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ConfigMgr evaluation expired – what now?

I just rescued myself out of a pretty embarrassing situation… My home lab is managed by ConfigMgr and I am using the eval version for it, all good so far. System Center 2012 eval versions are valid for 180 days, after that you either need to reinstall them or add a license key, whichever you like.   How to add a license key to Configuration Manager post install Adding the license key to ConfigMgr post install is pretty easy. Just run the setup.exe from your local ConfigMgr Installation directory. DO NOT use the installation media, it won’t work! Choose “Perform Site Maintenance or reset this site”: The next page normally … Continue reading

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