Creating a ConfigMgr SUG for Multi-Reboot Patches with Powershell

Earlier this week, Ben Hunter posted an article with a script useful for excluding multi-reboot updates during a ZTI OS deployment. It reminded me of a project I had that was sitting idle and needed to be finished: a Powershell script to automatically create a Software Update Group containing those multi-reboot updates listed in KB2894518 which are known to disrupt ConfigMgr...

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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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Configuration Manager 2012 and Anti-Virus Software Exclusions for Workstations

By Garth Jones While I was doing some work for a client we discussed what anti-virus software exclusions are needed for workstations. This may seem counter-intuitive, but in order for Configuration Manager to run efficiently, without causing too much overhead to Disk IO and CPU, there are a number of recommended anti-virus software exclusions that should be implemented. You would...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Deploying and Archiving)

This series of articles will provide a method of tracking end-to-end OSD revisioning using a few simple Task Sequence tasks and an optional PowerShell script.  In this first article, looked at why the out-of-box forensic information is useful but insufficient, and we implement a method for version control in the core image.  Now that we have a method of tagging...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Getting Started)

This topic has come up several times on the myITforum email lists, so this seems like a good opportunity to provide an example of how to do image version control in ConfigMgr.  There are numerous different ways this can be done, so this is just an outline that should be modified or improved upon to fit the particular implementation.  Ultimately,...

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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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10 Tips for a More Successful Windows Image Build & Capture

In a recent build and capture (b&c) task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 that I was helping a customer with, I decided it was worthwhile to list the top things that can be overlooked.  If these are done prior to beginning the process, then it can help to shorten and troubleshooting time involved. Create an […]

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WSUS install error “Log on as a service”

During installation of WSUS (a prerequisite for the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SUP role), a GPO prevented the installation of WSUS on a Windows Server 2012 R2 system. The specific policy that caused the problem was for the “Log on as a service”.  In this specific instance, the GPO was restricting access to two AD groups. WSUS […]

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