How to install SCCM 2012 R2

In the first post of this series, we planned our hierarchy, prepared our Server and Active Directory. In part 2 installed and configured SQL in order to install SCCM. In part 3 we will run the prerequisite checker and install a stand-alone Primary site.Prerequisite Check Before launching the installation, I recommend to launch the Prereqchk tool in… Read More »

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How Many Software Updates Are Within My WSUS Database?

By Garth Jones Recently I setup System Center Configuration Manager to work in an air gap environment. During this process I needed to determine the number of software updates (SU) that were within the Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) database. Being a bit of a SQL guy, I opened SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and queried the WSUS database. If...

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Reminder – Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Report for the Month of April

The report choices in March’s poll are: SCEP Computer Details OR Count of Processor Scores. The winning report will become April’s free SSRS report. VOTE HERE! a) The SCEP Computer Details report will give you a good overview of the System Center Endpoint Protection status (including malware detection) for a specific PC. Please note that this SCEP report is only...

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Adding Intune to your ConfigMgr lab – Gotchyas!

After Brad Anderson’s speech at System Center Universe 2015 about ConfigMgr and MDM, it seemed time to start seriously looking at Intune and MDM. Guides I was following the very in-depth guides below. Thanks Matt, Kenny, Tim, Pierre, and Benoit for the great guides! Matt Hinson – Blog –  Setting Up Windows Intune/ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with ADFS On-Prem and Azure Lab...

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How to Enable WMI Logging in Windows 8

By Garth Jones It’s a long story as to why I was looking at WMI logs, but the short story is that a client needed help with a custom WMI script that they wrote. To track down the problem I had to enable WMI logging. It turns out that enabling WMI logging is easy to do once you know where...

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How to maximize the use of Asset Intelligence with Labels

Asset Intelligence is a feature in Configuration Manager that allows to identify and manage the inventoried software of your environment. It’s populated by the hardware inventory scan on each client. The catalog contains data about inventoried software and 5 labels can be defined to standardize product name or any useful information in your catalog. Software’s developers are… Read More »

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How to Set AD Security Rights for the System Management Container

By Garth Jones Once the System Management container exists you can apply permissions to it; it doesn’t matter how the container was originally created (see my blog post from yesterday). When applying permissions to the System Management container, I recommend using a security group. If you are not using a security group for your server(s), then instead use your server...

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Creating the System Management Container

By Garth Jones There are two schools of thought about the best way to create the System Management container. The first school of thought recommends that the Active Directory (AD) Administrator creates the System Management container and then permissions are applied to it. However, it is the second school of thought which I prefer. In this option, the AD Administrator...

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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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McAfee Anti-Virus Software and SCCM

By Garth Jones The following two issues involving McAfee software keep coming up on all of my clients that use McAfee and any version of Configuration Manager. 1) DISM.exe generates an Error: 5 or Access Denied when VSE 8.8 Access Protection is enabled https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB76867 2) Microsoft SMS Agent Host service (ccmexec.exe) triggers the Access Protection rule: Prevent termination of McAfee...

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