Quick ConfigMgr 2012 R2 content troubleshooting tips

Last week I had a couple of content related issues at a customer after a Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to Configuration Manager 2012 R2 upgrade. What happened is that one day all the content was nicely distributed to the distribution points and after enabling Content Validation on the Distribution Points almost half of the packages were “gone”. After redistributing the...

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Open Task Sequences as Read Only!

Have you ever wanted to just view a task sequence and not lock it? The ability to do this is in the SoftwareLibraryNode.xml file provided by Microsoft, but they have it disabled for everyone but read-only users. I don’t know why they did this, but it makes the process of enabling it very easy. To enable it, you’ll simply need...

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SCU2015 Resources

As promised during my Enterprise Security with Configuration Manager session at System Center Universe last Wednesday, here are the two compliance settings scripts (health and remediation) to validate and enforce a specific, non-trivial local admin group membership policy. These were created with a very specific set of rules and requirements in mind (listed on slide 13 of the session […]

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Boot image selection in ConfigMgr

Boot image selection during PXE in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is something that comes up from time to time in the forums as well as every-day discussions. This can be quite confusing to explain or comprehend in normal language even though it’s truly not that difficult once you get it. The logic for boot […]

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SQL Server Inventory Using ConfigMgr

Here’s a script to gather complete SQL Server inventory information using ConfigMgr. I’ve tested and used it to gather information on SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012. I haven’t tested it on 2014 explicitly, but it should work fine. Note that Sherry already has a series of mof edits posted at Installed SQL05, SQL08, SQL12, SQL14 […]

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How to: Extract Status Message Information from ConfigMgr 2012 R2

During MMS 2014, Wally Mead and I presented a session about state and status messages. This post describes one of the scripts that I demonstrated, which uses PowerShell to display status messages in a human-readable-friendly manner. This is similar to using the ConfigMgr status message viewer or SSRS reports, in that it displays the full sentence and description […]

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Deploy a Required Task Sequence to All Systems and Keep Your Job!

One of the shortcomings of ConfigMgr is how easy it is to reimage your environment. With one wrong click, you could find yourself updating your resume on a personal computer because all the work ones are reimaging… For my MMS session with Trevor Sullivan on Powershell events, I wrote a script to save yourself from deploying task sequences to the...

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My Sessions at the Midwest Management Summit

I am really honored to have been a speaker at the first ever Midwest Management Summit (aka the new MMS), that took place November 10th – 12th in Minnesota.  This event was the who’s who of systems management and did not disappoint.  There were over 100 sessions delivered in three days by 50+ experts (which included 32 Microsoft […]

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