Month: December 2014

How to: Extract Status Message Information from ConfigMgr 2012 R2

During MMS 2014, Wally Mead and I presented a session about state and status messages. This post describes one of the scripts that I demonstrated, which uses PowerShell to display status messages in a human-readable-friendly manner. This is similar to using the ConfigMgr status message viewer or SSRS reports, in that it displays the full sentence and description […]

Quicker parsing of Apply Driver steps

Was talking to someone at the local user group and he (Thanks for the Jamba Juice John!) was curious how I was handling driver detection in the TS so quickly so I thought it would be something to share with everyone else as well.With that said, I have a question for you. How many hardware models does your TS support? When we had XP, its TS supported nearly 80 different models. With W7 its 43 as of today. That will just grow during its life. W8.1 is pretty recent and its already about a dozen.With that many models I found it was adding unnecessary time to a TS processing due to the constant WMI query on each Apply Driver Package step so I changed how I did it years ago.The most common method people use is to do a SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model LIKE “%Precision T3600%&...

Quicker parsing of Apply Driver steps

Was talking to someone at the local user group and he (Thanks for the Jamba Juice John!) was curious how I was handling driver detection in the TS so quickly so I thought it would be something to share with everyone else as well.With that said, I have a question for you. How many hardware models does your TS support? When we had XP, its TS supported nearly 80 different models. With W7 its 43 as of today. That will just grow during its life. W8.1 is pretty recent and its already about a dozen.With that many models I found it was adding unnecessary time to a TS processing due to the constant WMI query on each Apply Driver Package step so I changed how I did it years ago.The most common method people use is to do a SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model LIKE “%Precision T3600%&...

Quicker parsing of Apply Driver steps

Was talking to someone at the local user group and he (Thanks for the Jamba Juice John!) was curious how I was handling driver detection in the TS so quickly so I thought it would be something to share with everyone else as well.With that said, I have a question for you. How many hardware models does your TS support? When we had XP, its TS supported nearly 80 different models. With W7 its 43 as of today. That will just grow during its life. W8.1 is pretty recent and its already about a dozen.With that many models I found it was adding unnecessary time to a TS processing due to the constant WMI query on each Apply Driver Package step so I changed how I did it years ago.The most common method people use is to do a SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model LIKE “%Precision T3600%&...

Managing SCCM Console installs

As I move to implement CU3 in our 2012 R2 environment, one of the tasks done is to update all your consoles. With my firms size we have consoles all over the place. They are on Site Servers, Workstations, Abacus', even hosted on Citrix. I wan...

Managing SCCM Console installs

As I move to implement CU3 in our 2012 R2 environment, one of the tasks done is to update all your consoles. With my firms size we have consoles all over the place. They are on Site Servers, Workstations, Abacus', even hosted on Citrix. I wan...

Managing SCCM Console installs

As I move to implement CU3 in our 2012 R2 environment, one of the tasks done is to update all your consoles. With my firms size we have consoles all over the place. They are on Site Servers, Workstations, Abacus', even hosted on Citrix. I wan...