Update SQL Always On Cluster with ConfigMgr and Powershell

How to update a cluster with a cluster-ignorant tool I’ve recently been tasked to create a process to patch SQL Always On Availability Groups (I guess calling it a cluster is not really accurate?!) with just the tools I had available, no new implementation of stuff. This meant to do a proper patching cycle (Operating System AND SQL) with graceful failovers of SQL roles from one node to the other, no data loss. So, quick inventory; what did I have? ConfigMgr 2012 R2 PowerShell Phew, PowerShell, you can do a lot with PowerShell. ConfigMgr, mhhh, ConfigMgr can do Software Updates and execute stuff on machines when it is told to … Continue reading

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager – Software Update Point Monitoring Failing

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Recently had an issue with my lab where my HTTPS Software Update Point was throwing some errors.  The SMS_WSUS_Control_Manager was show that it was failing to monitor the WSUS Server. WSUS Control Manager failed to monitor WSUS Server “CM04.LAB.LOCAL”. Possible cause: WSUS Server version 3.0 SP2 or above is not installed or cannot be contacted. […]

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New UR’s for SC 2012 R2 & SP1, Updated Exchange 13 MP & more

Wow another exciting day for Microsoft and specifically System Center! Microsoft is moving at a fast pace and doing some cool things. There were several announcements today. These included: Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 http://aka.ms/yktkfk App Controller is not included in this. I am not surprised by this. Configuration Manager and Orchestrator […]

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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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Second year as MVP for Enterprise Client Management

Today I got the probably most important email in October 2014. On the day that Microsoft announced Windows 10, Microsoft re-awarded me for the second time with a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Enterprise Client Management. This expertise includes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) and Intune / MDM. I am very thankful for this award and couldn’t have achieved all this without my always understanding wife Sandra. Becoming an MVP means working late, travelling to events (most of them on the weekends) and mainly doing stuff non-IT people consider ‘work’ and as such think is a waste of time I’m looking forward to another very exciting … Continue reading

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Second year as MVP for Enterprise Client Management

Today I got the probably most important email in October 2014. On the day that Microsoft announced Windows 10, Microsoft re-awarded me for the second time with a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Enterprise Client Management. This expertise includes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) and Intune / MDM. I am very thankful for this award and couldn’t have achieved all this without my always understanding wife Sandra. Becoming an MVP means working late, travelling to events (most of them on the weekends) and mainly doing stuff non-IT people consider ‘work’ and as such think is a waste of time I’m looking forward to another very exciting […]

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