Configuration Manager 2012 R2, SSRS and Windows Authorization Access Group

By Garth Jones In order for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (CM12 R2) to use the Role-Based Administration (RBA) feature within SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), the SSRS execution account (EA) needs to be able to determine who is running the report. Then the EA will determine what CM12 rights the user has before displaying the report results. In some cases...

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Resultant Client Settings

By Garth Jones Recently I was troubleshooting an issue involving Custom Device Settings (CDS) in ConfigMgr 2012. A computer was performing a hardware (HW) inventory every hour instead of every day. Eventually this issue was resolved, but I thought that I would show you the steps that I took using Resultant Client Settings. To give you a more obvious version...

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SCCM 2012 R2 PXE fails (WDS Crash)

Players, Last week I was asked to look into PXE boot issue that a friend of mine was experiencing, in his own words he explained that “PXE boots were working fine until” … he recently built a new Windows 2008 R2 box (No idea why he didn’t use 2012 R2 …). It wasn’t a boundary group issue, as this problem was intermittent. And was sometimes fixed reboot of the server. He passed over a bunch of log files, and the following error stuck out. Log Name: Application Source: WDSServer Event ID: 512 Task Category: WDSServer Description: An error occurred while trying to initialize provider WdsImgSrv from C:\Windows\system32\WdsImgSrv.dll. Since this provider is not marked as critical, Windows Deployment Services server will continue. As well as this … Log Name: Application Source: WDSIMGSRV Event ID: 258 Task Category: WdsImgSrv Level: Error Description: An error occurred while trying to initialize the Windows Deployment Services…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-r2-pxe-fails-wds-crash/

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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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Using Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0

By Garth Jones This blog post is the last in my series on how to install and use Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0. http://www.enhansoft.com/blog/installing-microsoft-baseline-configuration-analyzer-2-0  http://www.enhansoft.com/blog/installing-system-center-2012-sp1-configuration-analyzer In this blog post I will show you how to use this tool and the results that you should expect to see. Start by launching Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0. Select System Center 2012 SP1...

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Task Sequence Variables for SCCM

Players, I wanted to share a pretty cool spreadsheet that a fellow professional showed me, I asked if he’s happy for me to share it, and here it is. Its a brilliant reference guide for all the task sequence variables available in SCCM 2012/2007 and how they work. Variable Class Description SCCM 2007 SCCM 2012 _SMSTSAdvertID Built in Stores the current running task sequence deployment unique ID. It uses the same format as a Configuration Manager software distribution deployment ID. If the task sequence is running from stand-alone media, this variable is undefined. Yes Yes _SMSTSBootImageID Built in Stores the Configuration Manager boot image package ID if a boot image package is associated with the current running task sequence. The variable will not be set if no Configuration Manager boot image package is associated. Yes Yes _SMSTSClientGUID Built in Stores the value of Configuration Manager client GUID. This variable is…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/task-sequence-variables-for-sccm/

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Installing System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Analyzer

By Garth Jones This blog post is a continuation of my previous post about Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 where I am answering a query that originally appeared in the Configuration Manager 2012 (CM12) forums about how to use this tool. If you recall, I said that the key to remember about using Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA) is...

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Installing Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0

By Garth Jones While answering forum posts within the Configuration Manager 2012 (CM12) forums, I noticed another query about how to use Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0. This is a handy tool to have when you want to validate that SQL is setup correctly for CM12 prior to installing CM12, or you can use it with any of the other...

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