Deploy SMA Server via Powershell DSC resource

Hi, I’m currently sitting on my plane from Minneapolis to Dallas. I love technology, WiFi on a plane, awesome!!! After two weeks of conferences (MVP Summit and MMS) I’m pretty exhausted and looking forward to get back home. I already wrote about how to deploy a SMA (Service Management Automation) runbook worker with the help of Powershell DSC (Desired State Configuration) here , but Microsoft has just the other day released the DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 with now in total more than 100 custom resources. Some of those are for System Center components, for example for SMA. DSC Resource for SMA (xSCSMA) The custom module released by Microsoft to … Continue reading

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DPM 2012 R2 Reporting Improvements

A while back I released a custom DPM report that could be loaded in SSRS. This report is community based and only offered reporting on one DPM server at a time. It was however an improvement over the out of the box DPM reporting. More about the custom DPM report here: http://www.buchatech.com/2014/04/free-dpm-backup-summary-report/ . Finally Microsoft […]

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Hotfix extends client notification in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to MDM devices

Players, I had a bit of a panic induced call from a former client this morning because it took to long time to wipe a device from SCCM. Luckily there is a hotfix for this. He applied it and … as if my magic, the issue went away, we were unable to test this on Android devices, but his iOS and Windows 8.1 devices were all wiping a lot faster. Prerequisites To apply this hotfix, you must have CU3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installed. Restart information You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. Hotfix can be found here http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2990658/en-us Enjoy @Heinrich_Pelser

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/hotfix-extends-client-notification-in-system-center-2012-r2-configuration-manager-to-mdm-devices/

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Hi All, have you ever tried to install Visual Studio 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2? Well, a client of mine tried and it failed. the error he was getting was to install the user running the installer to the group Performance Log users. as you can imagine, the user running the action is SYSTEM… i have tested it with VS2012 Update 2 and the installer worked fine, and back in the company, we downloaded the new version (Update 3) and it was failing. once i did another test with Update 3 at home, it failed. because this, we had to create a script using psexec to be able to install the VS, but what does this script do? Simple, it create a local user and add it on the local administration group. it execute the vs installer via psexec as the created user once the installer is done, it removes…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-r2-visual-studio-2013/

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ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit – Beta 02

Summary we started developing it back in 2012 (with 1st version released in April 2013) to check the health of a SCCM 2007 environment and in October 2013 (about 1 year ago), we released the 1st version for 2012 environment. This tools has been created to check for problem/misconfiguration in the environment and, when possible, will provide you with some solutions for problems. And today, we’re proud to announce a new version of our ConfiMgr 2012 R2 Health Check toolkit, our beta 02 version. This version contains a series of bug fixes, performance improvements as well as new functionality as we can summarize bellow: Fixed hierarchy connection added debug mode to record log queries fixed some queries issues, where queries where returning more data or not return any data at all fixed bug when collecting Roles Installed fixed bug when collecting service status added information about issues found added possible…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/confimgr-2012-r2-health-check-toolkit-beta-02/

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Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 and MDT)

Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/disable-first-logon-animation-in-windows-8-1-sccm-2012-mdt-heinrich_pelser/

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New UR’s for SC 2012 R2 & SP1, Updated Exchange 13 MP & more

Wow another exciting day for Microsoft and specifically System Center! Microsoft is moving at a fast pace and doing some cool things. There were several announcements today. These included: Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 http://aka.ms/yktkfk App Controller is not included in this. I am not surprised by this. Configuration Manager and Orchestrator […]

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