Author: Anoop C Nair

#SCCM / #ConfigMgr 2012 :: How to : Check for Backlog

In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, SQL management studio is the best place to check for backlog/s. You can have a look at the Site to Site Replication post for more details about the new replication model. This post is a continuation of site to site replication post. A number of Stored Procedures can be used to find more details about the backlog along with monitoring of Transmission Que...

#SCCM / #ConfigMgr 2012 :: Site to Site replication : SQL, Data Replication Service, Replication Configuration Management, SQL Service Broker, Replication Groups and Manual Sync

New (SQL) site to site replication model is the most challenging but very interesting part (at least for me) of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. So, I thought of sharing the some points which are main pillars of SQL replication model. Key components of new (SQL) replication model 1. DRS – Data Replication Service 2. SSB – SQL Service Broker 3. RCM – Replication Configura...

#ConfigMgr / #SCCM 2012 :: Uninstall/Remove CM 2012 client using CCMClean.exe

Since SMS 2003 days, we’re using CCMClean.exe to uninstall or remove the client components. Removing/uninstalling SCCM 2007 or 2012 clients using CCMClean.exe is not supported  by Microsoft. “Not supported by Microsoft” !! So, what does that mean ? Well, it’s not tested (extensively) and certified by Microsoft for the products ConfigMgr 2007/2012. However, it may or may not work. Read Full Post @ ...

#ConfigMgr / #SCCM – Recovery, Restore, Site Repair Wizard Step by Step Guide

  I’ve been asked to create a site recovery wizard step by step guide with screen shots (for a child primary server restoration). It’s pretty straight forward if you’ve good backups in place (except one or two hiccups explained below). If you don’t have a good backup, it’s going to hit to you very badly and you may need to work extra hours to fix the issue. Here is the experience from Nicolas...

#ConfigMgr / #SCCM 2012 :: Where is : Tools, ConfigMgr Service Manager in CM12 Console

Small, short and simple blog post. However, (I *think*) it’s very useful We’re familiar with “Tools – ConfigMgr Server Manager” option in SCCM 2007 console. It’s very useful if you want to stop one particular component or thread ( for example SMS_OFFER_MANAGER) as part of troubleshooting. Also, ConfigMgr Service Manager is useful if you want to increase the log file size of a particular component....

ConfigMgr / SCCM 2012 – How to Edit Site Control ( sitectrl ) File

Disclaimer – Directly Editing/Updating Data Base or Site Control (sitectrl) file is NOT supported. We all know that ConfigMgr 2012 doesn’t store the Site Control ( sitectrl ) file in the file system. However, it’s stored in the SQL database (as XML file). Following are the 3 topics that I would like to cover in this post…… ****Only applicable to SCCM / ConfigMgr 2012 1. How to view the site contro...

SCCM / ConfigMgr 2012– New Console Experience – White Paper / Document

The Configuration Manager 2012 uses the common System Center framework for its administrator console (“Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe”), and no longer relies on an MMC interface as previous versions of Configuration Manager and SMS 2003 used. Launch ConfigMgr / SCCM console – Click Start | All Programs | Microsoft System Center | Configuration Manager 2012. Issues with the SCCM / Conf...

ConfigMgr / SCCM 2012 –SQL Replication Troubleshooting Guide and Custom Report

ConfigMgr 2012 is added one more additional complexity for the admins like me who are not very SQL savvy. Edit (17-May-2012) – I’ve also gone through some of the excellent Custom SQL replication reports published in the below blog post. Custom SQL Replication Reports  To help us in SQL replication related issues, Minfang Lu has published a blog post. Tips for troubleshooting SC 2012 Configura...

ConfigMgr / SCCM– Adaptiva OneSite Video

I don’t work for Adaptiva however I’m a BIG FAN of Adaptiva OneSite product which can drastically eliminate your remote infrastructure servers and do lot more things for you. Just thought of sharing the video clip about Adaptiva OneSite. This video also offers a brief explanation of following topics (courtesy: Adaptiva OneSite Video). Bandwidth Management – Adaptiva Protocol Content Caching ...

ConfigMgr / SCCM 2012–Download MMS 2012 Configuration Manager Related Sessions

You must have seen the excellent blog post from Stefan Roth . His PowerShell script will help us to download all MMS 2012 sessions. All credits to Stefan !!!   Download the script and go through step by step instruction to use the script.   For those interested to download ONLY ConfigMgr sessions (just like me ), refer the following list for ConfigMgr sessions. Full Post –  http://...

ConfigMgr (SCCM) 2012 – Custom Reports for List of Applications , Deployment Types and Content Source

Another post for easy reference from TechNet Forum.   All credits to Beamer25!!!   In ConfigMgr 2012 (specifically in THIS case), “FUNCTIONS” are used rather than “VIEWS” along with datasets within SSRS. For example, to find out the list of applications you may need to use the FUNCTION called “fn_ListLatestApplicationCIs” and “fn_ListDeploymentTypeCIs” to find Deployment Types. Full Post...

ConfigMgr / SCCM 2012 – Package Replication issue on Windows 2003 Server DP

Quick Post : The issue I’ve noticed on the TechNet forum   I’ve seen couple of forum posts in which people are getting problems with distributing packages to Windows Server 2003 (WIn2k3) ConfigMgr 2012 DPs (Distribution Points). So, thought of sharing the same as a blog post. Read Full Post @ http://anoopcnair.com/2012/05/07/configmgr-sccm-2012-package-replication-issue-on-windows-2003-server-dp/