Using your Configuration Manager data to Populate your Companies CMDB

As Users of this forum will know System Center Configuration Manager captures a massive amount of Asset data about the devices it has installed Agents onto. This is exactly the sort of data companies want to record in their CMDB but there has been no easy way to extract that data and use it.  So companies have resorted to the...

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FREE Orchestrator IP for Microsoft System Center 2012

How often have you gone to build an automated System Center 2012 process and discovered that the Orchestrator IP for the System Center 2012 product you want to automate is missing the critical Activity you want to automate? If you are like us, practically every day. Microsoft’s Integration Packs for their System Center 2012 toolset, lack certain capabilities that many...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Adding Content to Distribution Point Groups with PowerShell

I recently had a situation where a newly installed Distribution Point server was brought online late in the day with the intent of having all of the required production content (Applications, Packages, OS images, etc.) copied to the server after hours on the local network before it was powered down and shipped to a remote site.  With this particular environment, there...

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Windows 8.1 Management Path

In case you missed it, Microsoft has moved the client platform to a more rapid release cycle.  This also means the release cycle for the client management platforms like Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) have been brought in line with that release cycle.  The result can be a great deal of confusion...

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CM 2012 – Troubleshooting – The Create Application Wizard completed with errors

I have set up a lab within Hyper-V for various System Center Products and I wanted to run through some scenarios with SCCM 2007 to CM 2012 migrations. There are about twelve or so servers setup to simulate a domain, DNS, DHCP, etc…. the basic things needed to do system and scenario testing and extra servers for playing around. So,...

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Monitor Information Reporting (MIR) VS. Win32_DesktopMonitor

Not too long ago, a senior SCCM consultant gave us the idea to put together a webcast comparing Monitor Information Reporting (MIR) to Win32_DesktopMonitor. If you were planning to use Win32_DestopMonitor to give you reliable and accurate results about your monitor inventory, after viewing this webcast, you might think twice. http://youtu.be/eNCE7qZF1sU  

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Deploying the UE-V Agent in ConfigMgr 2012 Using Settings Storage Path

Using ConfigMgr to deploy the UE-V agent can present a nasty surprise if you try to specify the SettingsStoragePath using the %USERNAME% environment variable. Microsoft released the User Experience Virtualization (or UE-V) agent with MDOP 2012 as a means of ensuring a consistent user experience across multiple devices, providing yet another tool to put to rest the pain that is “roaming...

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Important ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Hotfix Released (KB2801987)

There always seems to be a price to pay for jumping on the latest release quickly.  Many who rushed to download and install System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 got a nasty little surprise in the form of failed client installation and OS deployments. The problem typically manifests itself in the client deployment logs (%windir%\ccmsetup\ccmsetup.log) with the following error: Couldn’t...

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Using DCM in SCCM 2012 to Report on BitLocker Encryption Compliance

Like many companies, we have a policy that all laptops must be encrypted with BitLocker.  I decided to come up with a method to determine whether or not systems were compliant with this policy.  Since we use SCCM, DCM seemed like a good way to accomplish my goal. I documented the process I followed to track encryption compliance in our company...

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