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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UI++ 2.2.0.0 Released

I’m still actively working on improving UI++ and adding features and functionality and thus, I bring you version 2.2.0.0. Based on feedback and production testing, I’m happy to call version 2.2.0.0 a final version (and thus no longer in beta). Download the latest version on the UI++ page. What’s New: Updated and reorganized the documentation a bit Added extended App Tree capabilities Default items Required items Hidden items Included items On-demand task sequence variable dump to a text file Large sizes for the Input and AppTree action dialogs Use of…read more

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Extracting the User Name From a Computer

By Garth Jones This question was asked in the Microsoft TechEd forum, “How do I get the user name from the PC name when the PC name has two different formats (XX-XX-XXX-XXXXXXX-X and XX-XX-XXX-XXXXXXX)?” In this particular case an extra character was added to certain PCs to indicate that they were rebuilt in order to avoid duplicate PC names in...

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UI++ Open Beta Released

UI++ (formerly known as OSD++) version 2.0.1.0 has been released. This is the first open beta and available for anyone and everyone to download and use. Years in the making (yes years — I’ve been dragging my feet and getting distracted by work, life, and the World Cup), I’ve finally gotten to the point where UI++ is feature complete enough to release for general use. There are still features on the way and a few bugs I’m sure. The download on the project page contains everything you need to get…read more

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Remove Old Objects From AD and Configuration Manager

By Garth Jones System Center Configuration Manager is a huge product and the easiest way to get all clients into ConfigMgr is to enable AD System Discovery (ADSD) which will discover all devices within the domain. However, doing this can expose issues that already exist within Active Directory (AD). When ADSD is enabled, ConfigMgr Administrators generally discover the entire domain...

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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. […]

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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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