SCCM 2012 – Web Redirect is evil

Hi All, recently i was at a customer site performing the Build & Capture and it was failing when the Install Application step was invoked. Customer was running WS2012R2, SCCM 2012 R2 with CU3, so the latest updates because we were doing the B&C for Windows 8.1, the hotfix for Windows 7 did not apply, so there problem had to be something else. Looking at the client logs, I saw: ClientLocation [CCMHTTP] ERROR: URL=http://xxxxxx, PORT=80, Options=224, Code=0, Text=CCM_E_BAD_HTTP_STATUS_CODE LocationServices Workgroup Client is in unknown location Failed to execute LSExecuteTask [CCMHTTP] Error: URL=http://xxxxx, PORT=80, Options=224, Code=0, Text=CCM_E_BAD_HTTP_STATUS_CODE Raising event: instance of CCM_CcmHttp_Status{ ……………….. Successfully sent location services HTTP failure message Error sending HEAD request. HTTP code 401, status ‘Unauthorized’ CertificateMaintenance MP xxxx does not allow client connections matching the client connection type StatusAgent HandleFSPCcmHttpStatus – Failed to retrieve assigned MP. Assuming ‘xxxxxx’ is not a relevant MP So, looking at the…

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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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Microsoft Connect and Page Not Found Error Message

By Garth Jones Every so often I will post a link to a Microsoft Connect item with the suggestion to vote it up. However, a few people tell me that they receive a Page Not Found error message when clicking on these links. This message appears when you are not registered to Microsoft Connect or do not subscribe to the...

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Breaking News! The Release of CMMap 2.0!

By Garth Jones To start the New Year off in a great way, Jeff Tondt released an update to SMSMap and renamed it CMMap! http://www.tondtware.com/default.htm CMMap is a freeware Configuration Manager 2012 / 2007 / SMS 2003 hierarchy drawing tool. It is an all-in-one solution for creating Visio drawings of any combination of ConfigMgr 2012 / 2007 and SMS 2003...

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SCCM 2012 R2 – PowerShell Basics (Part 1)

Players, I’m not sure where I read it, but I’m pretty sure someone once said “Learn PowerShell or become obsolete”. It’s pretty much a key skills requirement for most roles in infrastructure these days and besides System Center 2012 is basically all PowerShell under the hood, so at least understanding it puts the odds in your favour. But lets keep things in perspective, there are lots of “very important” I.T professionals who really push the PowerShell envelope. I’m not one of them, I do agree its a key skill that’s needed. Will you become obsolete? No. Probably not. Lets face it, if you “Google” hard enough you can find out how to do just about anything. Including PowerShell. I have to do loads of hand-overs and document configurations etc for SCCM, so doing certain jobs via PowerShell actually makes the mundane documentation process a little easier. I’ve also been asked…

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Canon Scanner – Unable to Open TWAIN Source

By Garth Jones Recently I replaced my laptop and one of the important things that I needed to get working on it was my Canon LiDE25 scanner. Each time I replace my laptop (which happens frequently enough) I encounter the same problem, so I thought that I would share with all of you how to solve this issue because it...

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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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A Simple Way to Extend the AD Schema for Configuration Manager

By Garth Jones Recently I was asked about how to extend the Active Directory (AD) schema for System Center Configuration Manager. The answer is actually quite simple: use Extadsch.exe. Yes, you can extend the AD schema the hard way and use the native LDIF files (.ldf), but why would you? Below are the easy steps you’ll need to take, and...

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Driver Packages (Specific driver packages to specific devices)

Players, When it comes to driver packages and deploying Windows to multiple hardware variants using the same task sequence, every man and his dog has a way of doing it. Some of us like to be precise and other don’t mind how this is configured as long as all the drivers are on the DP and they get onto machines one way or another … So, lets pretend that we want to be a little more specific with drivers and we don’t like “Auto Deploy” as we have taken the time to create individual driver packages for each hardware variant. Here is some guidance on how to deploy specific driver packages to specific devices via the task sequence. 1. We need to know what the model name is for the specific machine/s first. So open command prompt (or PowerShell if you want to look cool) and type WMIC Computersystem GET Model you should get…

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Downloading Google Chrome (MSI format)

Hi All, out there, there are many people that are deploying google chrome for their environment and until few months ago, you could download the MSI format from https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/thankyou.html?msi=true, however, this is not possible anymore. Even the link says MSI=True, when you download it download the ChromeSetup.exe. I noticed that there are many people complaining this with Google, but nothing has been done, so, i discovered a trick (and it is really simple) 1st, go to https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/thankyou.html?msi=true and copy the link from “click here to retry” you’ll get something like https://dl.google.com/tag/s/appguid%3D%7B8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96%7D%26iid%3D%7B7ACD904C-E309-ADA4-8671-783B10D723FD%7D%26lang%3Den%26browser%3D4%26usagestats%3D0%26appname%3DGoogle%2520Chrome%26needsadmin%3Dprefers%26installdataindex%3Ddefaultbrowser/update2/installers/ChromeSetup.exe now, what you need to do is change the prefers%26installdataindex%3Ddefaultbrowser/update2/installers/ChromeSetup.exe for prefers/edgedl/chrome/install/GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi so, your link will now look like https://dl.google.com/tag/s/appguid%3D%7B8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96%7D%26iid%3D%7B7ACD904C-E309-ADA4-8671-783B10D723FD%7D%26lang%3Den%26browser%3D4%26usagestats%3D0%26appname%3DGoogle%2520Chrome%26needsadmin%3Dprefers/edgedl/chrome/install/GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi now, download the MSI format and deploy it using SCCM

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