ConfigMgr 2012 WSUS Synchronization Errors

One particularly hot topic at the Midwest Management Summit 2014 conference last month was a relatively recent but increasingly frequent issue that was called out by Kent Agerlund in his blog post “House of Cards – The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS” (referred to all week as “the house of cards post”). This issue seemed to be popping up...

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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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DCR – A quick glimpse of how many Updates are in multiple Software Update Groups

Have you ever needed to quickly see how many ConfigMgr Software Updates are in a large number of Software Update Groups? You can use PowerShell easily enough, but you are in the ConfigMgr console every day, shouldn’t this information be available in the console? If you want to see it, please vote up this DCR request on Connect. DCR –...

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Implementing System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in the Real World

Join expert trainer Johan Arwidmark for a comprehensive guide to Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Johan will show you how to design and setup ConfigMgr 2012 R2 for a real world production environment. You will also learn to migrate from ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2, as well as upgrade existing ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 environments to ConfigMgr...

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How to use Collection Variables outside of Task-Sequences

Out of the box, Collection and Device Variables are only usable from within Task-Sequences. To get the Variables outside of Task-Sequences, you can install an additional WMI Provider (https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-Collection-1650d5bc) that provides the Variables and Values in a separate WMI Class (root\ccm\clientsdk:EXT_CollectionVariables ) Example to get all Variables assigned to the local device: Get-WMIObject -Namespace ‘root\ccm\clientsdk’ -Class ‘EXT_CollectionVariables’ Example to get...

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Midwest Management Summit: It’s time to get registered

The good folks at MNSCUG have worked with the hotel to get group rates extended a few more days, and so they have also extended the reduced conference registration until Friday, October 17th. Midwest Management Summit November 10-11-12, 2014 http://mms.mnscug.org The Midwest Management Summit is a 3-day conference purposely capped to just 500 attendees so that nobody gets lost in...

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Windows 10 Timeline

With the formal announcement yesterday of the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, the first question for enterprise IT professionals is “when and how will I support this?” When: The currenty timeline for full release of Windows 10 is late spring to early summer of 2015.  However, the Enterprise Technical Preview of Windows 10 will be available...

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