ConfigMgr uber-Hydration Kit v0.9 with Powershell DSC

Are you a ConfigMgr (or SCCM) administrator? Are you sometimes (or often, like me) in a position where you need to rebuild your ConfigMgr 2012 lab environment? I, again, was in that situation and just came out of a very interesting discussion with a co-worker and thought to myself, why not use Desired State Configuration to do all that? I am calling it uber-Hydration Kit, but to be fair, it’s not 100% automated yet. There are still a couple of things that need to be done manually. I will explain later on, that is why it is still at version 0.9. Enter: Powershell Desired State Configuration I have already used … Continue reading

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Microsoft Private & Public Cloud Poster

On August 1st Microsoft released a new Cloud Ecosystem poster. Microsoft has a great Public and Private cloud story. With Microsoft technologies On-premises and public Azure and other Microsoft public cloud technologies such as Intune are really tied together. Microsoft Private and Public cloud consist of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and […]

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. … Continue reading

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ConfigMgr 2012: CU5 for SP1 Now Available

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KB is available here Issues that are fixed Task sequences The Continue on error check box is not selected under Task Sequences when an Install Software step and a Virtual Application package are defined as the source. This affects only task sequences that are migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. […]

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ConfigMgr 2012: SQL Maintenance Plans and Index Optimization Recommendations

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Recently caught some emails going around about recommended backup and maintenance plans as it relates to ConfigMgr. Also plenty of discussions around whether or not addition index optimization is required beyond the built-in Rebuild Indexes task that can be configured as part of the built-in Site Maintenance task.  As far as what I recommend and […]

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Parallels Mac Management for SCCM review (part 1)

At TechEd North America I came across the booth from Parallels and they were advertising with a product called Parallels Mac Management for ConfigMgr. Parallels Mac Management for SCCM was awarded with the “The Best of TechEd award”. So for me worthwhile looking at and of course everything that integrates with ConfigMgr 2012 attracts my attention This blog is a review...

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Enabling Remote Administration on a Mac OS X device with Compliance Settings

In the past three blogs you have seen how to change a user preference, how to change the background and how to change a system preference by changing the logon window text. In this blog I want to show you that you are also able to enable remote administration, including VNC access and that you are able to manage or...

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How to set background of Mac OS X with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

While Apple is slightly changing how preferences are stored. For instance, until Mac OS X Mountain Lion the background was managed in the preferences located in file ~\Library\Preferences\com.apple.desktop.plist . You could easily change the background key in this file. With the release of Mac OS X Mavericks this setting is moved to a database file instead of preference file. The...

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How to use scripts with ConfigMgr Powershell cmdlets

This is a short note to everybody using my scripts for ConfigMgr or who plans on using any automation (Powershell, Orchestrator runbooks, whatever) based on the native Powershell cmdlets for ConfigMgr. Up until now I always thought it is “common knowledge”, but here you go: The account that executes your automation and has to run the SCCM cmdlets needs to install the signing certificate with which the ConfigMgr Powershell module was signed. This needs to be done manually!!! Before doing any automation, log on to the machine which has the admin console installed and against which your scripts, runbooks or whatever are being executed and do the following: If that … Continue reading

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ConfigMgr Console Extension to find referenced Task Sequences

When working with ConfigMgr I sometimes ask myself, “Hey, is this Package / Application / Image / … even used in a Task Sequence?”. I know that a lot of other people must ask themselves this question as well, from time to time at least. There are two ways you can do it and check if any of your objects is referenced somewhere else, via the console. I will show you that these two ways are either stupid or dangerous. Task Sequences References Tab You can check every Task Sequence in your environment via the console and have a look at the ‘References’ tab and see if the object you’re … Continue reading

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Now Micro Right Click Tools v2.1 Released!

The newest version of the Now Micro Right Click Tools is released!  My main focus of this update was making the collection tools faster, and I believe I’ve reached that goal. You’ll notice a major increase in the speed of each tool, and you are able to fully configure how fast each collection tool runs. There are also a few...

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