ConfigMgr2012 PowerShell Module v1 Released!!!

Today I’d like to announce the v1 release of my own custom PowerShell Module for use with ConfigMgr 2012 R2.  This module was developed over the course of the last year (as I’ve had time) to address some shortcomings in earlier versions of the ConfigMgr PowerShell Cmdlets.  Namely bugs when creating Script-Based Deployment Types.  In addition, I recently demo’d the...

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Watch out for that Service! CNG Key Isolation

Probably just about anyone who may be reading this blog has probably also reviewed Microsoft’s Prerequisites for Windows Client Deployment in Configuration Manager, and many of you may have learned the hard way for dependencies like BITs, Task Scheduler, and maybe even Remote Differential Compression (RDC). I have a new one for you that we learned […]

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Why you shouldn’t use the Powershell pipe when using ConfigMgr

The other day I was asked why I used the -filter parameter in one of my Powershell scripts with Get-WmiObject instead of just doing a pipe to Where-Object. When writing scripts for Configuration Manager you quite often have to use the Get-WmiObject cmdlet (or the gwmi alias) to get certain objects. But how do you manage to do it as performant as possible? The answer to that is best shown with a quick example. Find ConfigMgr device with Powershell My ConfigMgr demo environment consists of approximately 2500 demo machines in one domain. I now want to find a certain machine and I only know its name. As the Admin Console … Continue reading

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How does RES Workspace Manager 2014 initiate a deployment?

After some extremely busy weeks I finally found some time to write a blog again. In my earlier blogs about RES Workspace Manager 2014 I explained the support of this current version with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Microsoft App-V version 5. I my first blog about the support of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in RES Workspace Manager...

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Notes on The Software Update Scan Cycle

Most of the below information is cobbled together from a couple of TechNet pages, a blog post or two, presentations I’ve seen over the years, conversations I’ve had with others, forum posts and experience — there’s just no one definitive source with a product as big as ConfigMgr that also relies on another full product in this case. And of course, there are always gaps (and sometimes errors) in the actual public documentation. Here are a few of the sources I could dig up though (note that very little has changed as far…read more

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Adaptiva OneSite – Configuration – Setting Preferred Clients

I’m sure that at one point in most technical careers, people have run into those networks which are similar to a spider’s web, spun by a drunk black widow. The illustration below is tame compared to what I’ve encountered, but it will serve a purpose for this article. The Main Office symbol represents a Configuration Manager Primary Site, the Office...

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Meet the Extensions for Windows Intune in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

This week a new feature of Configuration Manager 2012 R2 together with a new release of Windows Intune was finally enabled, let’s meet the Extensions for Windows Intune. Microsoft is able to quickly enable new Mobile Device Management features or supported platforms to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with the Extensions for Windows Intune feature without needing to release a new...

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App-V 5, ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and RES Workspace Manager 2014 better together

Playing around with RES Workspace Manager 2014 together with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 the last couple of weeks trigged me to try more scenarios that can be tested and implemented. Yesterday I quickly showed you how RES Workspace Manager 2014 is able to manage a normal application with a Deployment Type installing the MSI version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. In this blog...

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RES Workspace Manager 2014 adds support for ConfigMgr applications

Last couple of weeks I was able to test the new upcoming RES Workspace Manager 2014 together with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. With RES Workspace Manager you are able to manage your workspace by for instance locking it down and just publishing shortcuts for the applications a user is allowed to run. The current version, RES Workspace Manager 2012 is currently...

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Untrusted Forest Discovery failed with error -2147474744

At one of my customers I am currently building a System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager environment that must be able to support and manage their enterprise environment but also multiple not trusted forests in their environment. When adding one of the not trusted Active Directory Forests, the Active Directory Forest the Configuration Manager site information was published correctly but the...

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Multiple copy of Applications during ConfigMgr Task Sequence

SCCM Task Sequence issue in stand alone media I am currently working with a customer that has a strange issue during ConfigMgr standalone media Task Sequences provided to remote workers. The issue is happening during installation of applications, which are installed as part of the Task Sequence. The issue is around the copy of sources into the cache and with this customer is happening since version 2012 SP1 and is still there in R2. What’s happening is that all the applications inside the Task Sequence get copied into the client’s cache multiple times. Right now there are 24 applications inside this Task Sequence, they are put into 4 different “Install … Continue reading

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