10 #1 best practices for OS Deployment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Here’s a quick list of the links from my TechEd Europe session this morning.  More info to follow over the next few weeks! “KISS—start simple, and work your way toward complexity.” – Rob Marshall “Automate process to import drivers and create driver packages.” – Kent Agerlund and “Automate, Automate, Automate. Manually building images is not […]

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Do I Deploy 1E Nomad Everywhere, or to Remote Clients Only? (Part 1)

BACKGROUND OK, so you’re tired of the out-of-the-box Configuration Manager software distribution process melting your WAN links, and fed up with baby-sitting Distribution Points (DPs). Add to that the 1E Sales guy and his techie sidekick have you convinced that 1E Nomad is clearly the right solution to your problems. Maybe you did [...]

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@Heinrich_Pelser SCCM 2012: Knowledge Base Articles

Players, I get asked a lot if there is a pulic knowledge base for SCCM and I normally email people the technet wiki links. But I decided to place it on the website so everyone can see it. Its created and updated by the community so its a very good way of keeping an ear to the ground when it comes to issues MS have fixes for etc … Find it here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/9539.sccm-2012-list-of-public-microsoft-support-knowledge-base-articles.aspx Enjoy Heinrich

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/heinrich_pelser-sccm-2012-knowledge-base-articles/

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SCCM 2012 SP1,R2 and SCEP 2010 Platform Update (SCCM 2007 included)

Players, A week ago (on the 15th Oct 2014) an update was released for SCEP 2010. I know, I know, better late than never. I have been privy to a few situations where SCCM was installed but this update wasn’t applied. There are a few gotchas as always when it comes to this update and you will need to make sure that you are at least the following configuration – CU 1 or later for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – CU 5 or later for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 – SP 2 for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Update Rollup 1 for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, and update 2952678 for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 So what’s been improved? – Improved scanning for MBR/VBR detections and advanced bootkits – Dynamic registry key hardening to counter tampering from malware – Disk space optimization for Low end devices…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-sp1r2-scep-2010-platform-update-sccm-2007-included/

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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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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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ConfigMgr Application catalog broken

I just had an issue at a customer’s site where the ConfigMgr Application Catalogs would complain. Here’s the quick and easy solution to it. Server Error in ‘/CMApplicationCatalog’ Application This customer does quite a lot of customisation on their servers. Granting permissions, taking them away, redirecting folders from here to there. They for example redirect the system temp to C:\temp and take away all the permissions the user ‘Local Service’ has to that temp directory. As soon as I added ‘Local Service’ again with full permissions, all was fine and the ConfigMgr Application Catalog started up again. – David

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ConfigMgr Application catalog broken

I just had an issue at a customer’s site where the ConfigMgr Application Catalogs would complain. Here’s the quick and easy solution to it. Server Error in ‘/CMApplicationCatalog’ Application This customer does quite a lot of customisation on their servers. Granting permissions, taking them away, redirecting folders from here to there. They for example redirect the system temp to C:\temp and take away all the permissions the user ‘Local Service’ has to that temp directory. As soon as I added ‘Local Service’ again with full permissions, all was fine and the ConfigMgr Application Catalog started up again. – David

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