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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Whitepaper – Service Management’s Role in the Private Cloud

I am happy to announce that today Savision just published a new whitepaper authored by me. It is titled: Service Management’s Role in the Private Cloud Dispelling the Myopic Perception   This whitepaper sets out to define Private Cloud, the layers of Private Cloud, and those layers within which service management operates. The whitepaper also […]

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SCCM 2012 – Powershell for Creating iOS Store Apps

Hi All, Have you ever need an application/dt based on an iTunes link? if yes, you know how time consuming it is and the experience is not great. Based on this, i’ve created this powershell that will, from a itunes link, identify the name of the application, publisher, category and create a new application (if needed) as well as a new deployment type called iOS, also if needed. to use this powershell, you need to pass the sdkserver and the sitecode as well as a text file with the iTunes links (1 per line) the text file should look like the following: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-word/id586447913?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-excel/id586683407?mt=8 the command line would look like: .\ImportiTunesApplication.ps1 -sdkserver “SRV0007″ -sitecode “CLC” -filename “c:\temp\ituneslist.txt” at the end, you’ll see all apps being created [crayon-54afae865b366193407282/]  

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Great start For #SysCTR in 2015

We are just 8 days into 2015 and already there has been a lot of great things happening in the space. First off DPM has just received a highly anticipated feature. DPM now has Deduplication of the DPM Storage. The storage savings is anywhere from 50% to 90%! This is a huge improvement for DPM. […]

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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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SCCM 2012 – Powershell for Creating baseline for SW Upd

Hi All, how often you arrive at a customer site and need to create the baseline for software update and distribute it to a DP group? I see this need often and when i create baseline, i create 1 per product, so, if you have 3 products, 3 baselines, but if you have over 10+ products? the work that need to be done is time consuming ins’t it? based on this, i’ve created the bellow powershell. it basically, will connect to your site, select all products you have selected on the software update and will create a software update group for each product. it will also download the files from the internet and create a deployment package (you’ll need to specify the folder where the files are going to be copied to) and distribute the content to a DP Group array. if you’re small company, maybe you have 1 or…

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Microsoft Virtual Academy: Then and Now

The last couple years have meant big changes as to how Microsoft engages the community and one of them has been the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This learning service was met with skepticism as to how much value it would offer to the community as other offerings were being decommissioned around the same time. Lately I decided to take a peek...

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Missing Save button while creating a Windows Azure Pack Plan

I was setting up my new lab environment at home and ran into a VERY weird issue, that caused me a bit of a headache. Thanks to Social Media and a very helpful colleague I now found the solution, and because I wasn’t able to find any other article, here it is. Create a Plan in Windows Azure Pack If you ever wanted to create a Plan in your Windows Azure Pack (WAP) environment to give your tenants / users some IaaS / DBaaS functionality, then you might have run into this issue as well, or not. This whole issue just came to be because I got a bit ahead … Continue reading

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Featured on Techguy Blog

Today Michael Seidl published an interview he did with me on his blog!

 
 
 
Check it out:
German: http://www.techguy.at/interview-mit-steve-buchanan/
English: http://bit.ly/1xcM9bg
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Community tools: Manage SCSM DW Jobs and SCORCH Reporting

One of the many great things about System Center is the rich eco-system within the community. Many System Center guru’s contribute their time to making tools that improve or fill gaps within System Center and they release these to the community for FREE. Two new community tools have recently been released one for Service Manager […]

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