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

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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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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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Leveraging PowerShell in Your ConfigMgr 2012 Hydration Lab

If you do a lot of work in a ConfigMgr lab like I do, you’re probably well familiar by now with the Hydration Kit provided by Johan Arwidmark.  This solution provides a very efficient means of standing up a ConfigMgr 2012 lab, saving time and headaches. However, while the Hydration Kit automates the installation of your ConfigMgr environment, it doesn’t...

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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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ConfigMgr 2012 – Retrieving Objects in a Folder with PowerShell

The introduction of folders in the ConfigMgr 2012 console made for a great way to organize content within the ConfigMgr site.  To see what objects might be under any given folder in the console is simple…but what if you want to do it programmatically with PowerShell? Folders in ConfigMgr can be accessed through the WMI namespace for the site (Root\SMS\Site_XXX)...

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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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