Create MDT Applications from ConfigMgr Applications

Did you see Johan Arwidmark’s post about “The battle begins – Building the perfect reference image for ConfigMgr 2012” (http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/163/The-battle-begins-Building-the-perfect-reference-image-for-ConfigMgr-2012.aspx) ? One point Johan, and also a lot of customers and other consultants, brought up, was this: You don’t need to dupliacte software packages (apps), which means if you are building really thick images (30 – 40 apps in the image), and those apps are already in ConfigMgr, it’s probably faster to build the image in ConfigMgr. I understand, if I needed to do that manually I’d be very much pi**ed off Thankfully I know Powershell and hey, both ConfigMgr and MDT even more know what Powershell is. In one … Continue reading

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Powershell script to find Boundary overlaps in ConfigMgr

Having boundaries are important for different reasons. Robert Marshall tweeted an interesting question yesterday, asking Of course it can. Site assignment can be done otherwise and as long as you are happy with all your clients being in slow boundaries, then you’re ‘fine’. But should you do that””? I don’t think so. Anyways. Nickolaj Andersen then tweeted that he finished a script which would evaluate if a given IP is somewhere inside an existing boundary: http://www.scconfigmgr.com/2014/04/15/check-if-an-ip-address-is-within-an-ip-range-boundary-in-configmgr-2012/ I remembered that I wrote a similar script some months ago and thought I had uploaded it, which was apparently not the case. So here is my script… Overlapping Boundaries In version 2012 ConfigMgr … Continue reading

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How to configure client activity settings in ConfigMgr

When does the ConfigMgr client become Inactive or Active? Ever wondered what triggers the ConfigMgr client change its Client Activity status from Active to Inactive? My lab doesn’t have any inactive client at the moment, but I guess you know what I mean Client Status Settings There isn’t too much information on the internet how to configure the client’s behaviour and I myself searched about 1.5 hours today until a colleague of mine helped me out with a simple screenshot. I always forget about this configuration menu and I really don’t understand why Microsoft put it there. This should be in the client settings or discovery node. In this menu … Continue reading

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ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 ADK Update

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2 Great articles by Aaron Czechowski that explain what’s changed in the new ADK update and how it relates to MDT and ConfigMgr. http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2014/04/03/understanding-the-adk-for-windows-8-1-update-and-mdt-2013.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/04/03/understanding-the-adk-for-windows-8-1-update-and-configmgr-osd.aspx

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Applications vs Packages – Why the ConfigMgr Package model won’t go anywhere

During my last projects I came across a lot of issues around Software Deployment, mainly with the not-so-new-anymore Application model of Configuration Manager 2012. Here’s a list of issues with Applications I came across and why I think the ‘legacy’ package model won’t go anywhere very soon: Applications don’t know what a recurrence schedule is Packages can be deployed and configured with a recurring schedule. If you want to have your program run on every Monday morning, just configure the recurrence accordingly. You can’t do that with Applications. The App model doesn’t know what a recurrence pattern is. It’s debatable if Software / Scripts / whatever that need to be … Continue reading

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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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ConfigMgr: Windows 8.1 Wireless Prompt During OSD

If you are working with Windows 8.1 and ConfigMgr/MDT, you may run into the Windows Wireless screen prompting you to connect to a wireless network in the middle of your deployment. It’s a relatively easy fix, you need to modify your unattend.xml and add the following 3 sections. Add the following section to the Unattend: […]

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IT Pro Expert Interview with Lee Berg

Lee Berg is a good friend of mine and has been developing quite an impressive YouTube channel lately.  I did an interview with him this week and you can find that linked below.  We talk about ConfigMgr, Wisconsin weather (we both live in WI) and other things.    IT Pro Expert Interviews EP3: Chris Nackers

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Enable Deduplication with Powershell for ConfigMgr exclusions

Microsoft just released the following blog post on the support of Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012 R2 in combination with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/02/18/configuration-manager-distribution-points-and-windows-server-2012-data-deduplication.aspx Then Johan (@Jarwidmark) published his post on how to actually configure deduplication and a small summary on the support statement: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/151/Using-Data-DeDuplication-with-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx   Enable Data Deduplication for ConfigMgr with Powershell If you don’t want to enable it all manually, then just use this code snippet inside an administrative Powershell. Just change line 6 and enter the Volume you like to enable Deduplication on and do the same in line 9. In line 9 you should also add any exclusions you want. Like Johan … Continue reading

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