Microsoft Intune: Conditional Access Now Available for Hybrid

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrIntuneSCCM

In December, Microsoft Intune got a new feature that allowed for conditional access to email.  Until now this feature was only available in the cloud solution, not in hybrid (Configuration Manager + Intune). This feature allows for restriction to Exchange Activesync (EAS) or Exchange Online to only those users who have enrolled their devices. You […]

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ConfigMgr: Trouble Importing Windows 8/8.1 Drivers on Server 2008 R2

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrDriver ManagementSCCM

Recently had an issue while configuring some drivers for a client. I was unable to import any Windows 8/8.1 drivers into the site. Upon importing drivers through a script or through the console you will receive “driver is not applicable to any supported platforms” Turns out it’s a known issue and there is a KB: […]

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ConfigMgr 2012: Quick Model Count in SQL

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrSQL

Here is just a quick SQL query you can use to show how many of each model you have in your environment.  I’ve got a Manufacturer filter on it, but you could remove that or modify as necessary.   1: SELECT 2: C.Model0, 3: COUNT(*) AS ‘Count’ 4: FROM 5: dbo.v_gs_computer_system C 6: WHERE 7: […]

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ConfigMgr 2012 WSUS Synchronization Errors

One particularly hot topic at the Midwest Management Summit 2014 conference last month was a relatively recent but increasingly frequent issue that was called out by Kent Agerlund in his blog post “House of Cards – The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS” (referred to all week as “the house of cards post”). This issue seemed to be popping up...

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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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October Microsoft Patch Disrupting ConfigMgr OSD

The October 2014 Patch Tuesday batch has brought a fresh round of OS deployment problems for ConfigMgr 2012 users. Several people have reported Security Update KB2984976 requiring multiple reboots, which intereferes with ConfigMgr Task Sequences as they cannot accommodate multiple reboots for a Software Update during the OSD process.  This issue has been acknowledged and documented by Microsoft as a known...

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ConfigMgr 2012: CU5 for SP1 Now Available

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrKB’sSCCM

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

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrSCCMSQL

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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Matching ConfigMgr Software Updates to a Deployment Package with PowerShell

The content side of Software Updates in ConfigMgr can be a bit confusing. Unlike Packages and Applications, in which the entirety of the content is downloaded to the local cache, when the client downloads Software Updates it only downloads the individual update.  As such, the Deployment Package is nothing more than a means of getting groups of individual updates out onto the...

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