SCCM 2012: Application Catalog and Migration

Hi All, last week, i was helping a customer with their migration from SCCM 2012 R2 to SCCM 2012 R2 CU4. There were already many things that had happen, collection migration, etc.. but the consultant that was performing the migration, wasn’t able to finish the job, so, i was called in. During the migration, we migrated couple of clients to test the migration script/GPO and we noticed the application catalog (probably the most used feature for them) wasn’t returning any result, however, when my user was logged on, i was able to see the applications that were deployed to “All users” collection. Looking at the logs, i saw on the policy logs, that the user policy was always with “0” assignments and so, it was not bringing anything to the Application Catalog. I tried to reset the policy, reinstall the client but none of those things worked. Looking further, on…

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Becoming a SCCM automation hero: SCCM & PowerShell automation course

Hi all Are you looking to be the SCCM automation hero? Look no further with my SCCM & PowerShell automation course I’ll be delivering a 3 days online course next July. The next course is scheduled to happen on 08, 09 and 10 July 2015 In this class, you’ll learn how to use Windows PowerShell to automate the deployment and management of a SCCM 2012 R2 environment What you’ll see/learn* – Overview of Automation, PowerShell and WMI – PowerShell, the basics – Tools & Resources – Deploying and Managing sites – Deploying and managing site system roles – Administrative Tasks – Assets and Compliance Tasks – Software Library Tasks – Console Extension – custom scripts and custom forms – Client Management (including Remote Management) *it may be subject to change During this course, you’ll have remote access to a lab environment where you will be able to learn while using….

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Can’t change SCOM agents Primary Management SVR in SCOM Console

Problem: When in SCOM you go to change the primary management server on a SCOM agent but you cannot. It is grayed out. More details about this issue referenced on the following links: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/c5214222-0cc3-4da5-a40e-64cbeff91573/r2-cannot-change-primary-management-server?forum=operationsmanagergeneral http://www.systemcentercentral.com/forums-archive/topic/moving-agents-from-one-gateway-server-to-another/ I built a quick script to help with this. It can be used in any SCOM environment. Details are as […]

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SCCM 2012 – Add-CMDeploymentTypeGlobalCondition

Hi All, when i was preparing the presentation for the thedesktopteam workshop day last year (http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/workshop-day-5th-april-2014-london/), i created few scripts to add requirements to a existing application/deployment type. by the time, i tought that this was too advanced for what i wanted to deliver on that workshop and because work related stuff, i never had a change to publish it. Few days back, i was speaking with Rick and he told me that it was impossible to achieve some of the requirements via script/powershell and i said it was possible and i had a script for it. what he was trying to do is to add a OS requiement for an application. to clarify my answer, the ConfigMgr console is also a “script” language. of course, it probably uses c# or c++, but it is a compiled script, so if they can, any other scripting language also can do, we…

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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Automation from Zero to Hero book is out

Hi All, Over the past few months I have been busy writing my new book about System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and PowerShell called System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Automation from Zero to Hero. Today, I would like to let you know that it is now available as e-book via RFLSystems.co.uk website (http://bit.ly/1EsS4OG), as paperback via Amazon UK (http://amzn.to/1F6psrK), Amazon US (http://amzn.to/1AVV3bL) and Amazon DE (http://amzn.to/1cvNene) while other Amazon’s website should be available soon. For most Configuration Manager administrators, the Configuration Manager console is more than sufficient to perform the necessary operations. However you are limited to what the console is designed to handle. For more complex tasks, or those that might extend beyond the scope of the console, you need an alternative. This book is packet with real-world scripts that have proven to save time when automation day-to-day tasks in a Configuration Manager environment. What will you…

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System Center Futures 2016 and Beyond

Last week I was able to attend the first ever Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago. There was a lot of exciting news announced at this conference around the many Microsoft products and technologies. Everything was covered from SharePoint, Exchange, Unified Communications, Office, Windows server, Windows 10, all things Azure and more. This post is focused […]

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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Dashboard

Hi All, Today I’m pleased to inform that the beta version of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Dashboard (CM12R2Dashboard) has been released. Overview The System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Dashboard (CM12R2Dashboard) enables SCCM administrators and support team to monitor SCCM environment to take the right decision at the right time. It can provide status on client activity, client health, deployments, content status and much more and has been designed to provide clear information to support teams, SCCM administrators and managers. The CM12R2Dashboard is totally customizable allowing it to show the information that is required by the customer. It can determine, based on customized parameters, when the information is in a Warning or Critical states by changing the information background colour. It can run on Windows 7+ and Windows 2008+ with at least PowerShell 3.0 (recommended 4.0) and .Net Framework 4 and depends on the installation of the…

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ConfigMgr Device Right Click Tool via CompName or IP

A while back, I wrote a quick post regarding a console extension tool (more commonly known as right click tool) I wrote for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2014/12/24/configuration-manager-remote-control-via-ip/ I wrote this for our people doing remote support in instances where you cannot connect via computer name. In the case of my organization, this is most often due to our...

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How to install and configure SCCM Cmdlet Library

Today, the SCCM product group is taking a new update direction. From now on, the future Cumulative Updates (CU) releases won’t contain any PowerShell changes. The Cmdlet Library will be the vehicle for any future cmdlet updates. This separation means no more breaking cmdlets when updating to a new CU and more frequent cmdlets fixes/releases from Microsoft. Better of both world...

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SCCM 2012-Find TS Reference without AutoInstall settings

Hi All, it is a common problem when using OSD to install apps, to forget to select the “Allow this program to be installed from the Install Software task sequence without being advertised” application setting. same for the packages/programs, where people forget to select the “Allow this program to be installed from the Install Package task sequence without being deployed” on the program settings. When this happen, you will normally see the Task Sequence failing with error 0×80004005 and looking at the logs, you’ll see No matching policy assignments received. Policy download failed, hr=0×80004005 When this happen, you need to enable the setting and start it again, but you easily lost couple of hours doing it already. Microsoft has a good blog post on how to enable it here, however, it does not show you what apps or packages/program you need to change. So i created a simple (and dirty)…

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Azure AD – PowerShell Script to Change UPN of All Users in a Group

Imagine that if users in a domain have a UPN suffix which is not a public domain, such as @company.local instead of @company.com.  When those users synchronize into Azure AD for EMS, Intune, O365, etc., then the users’ UPNs will be @company.onmicrosoft.com instead of a friendly @company.com UPN for logging into portals or for enrolling devices. This is an instance...

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