Author: Ben Fisher

McAfee HIPS Blocks Configuration Manager Client 2012 Client Upgrade

The past three weeks have been nothing short of teeth-grindingly frustrating. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of McAfee because for whatever reason which I will never be able to comprehend, McAfee likes to randomly spawn msiexec.exe instances when it’s doing stuff. Now most people won’t notice this, but as a someone who primarily works with applications being packaged and deployed in th...

Installing Applications via the Configuration Manager 2012 Task Sequence Takes A Long Time

Lately I’ve been working on a Windows 7 SOE solution which is being deployed via System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The Windows 7 SOE design consists of a thin-image (captured using Configuration Manager – with all Critical, Important, Low Updates as well as IE9). I experienced nothing but good performance when capturing the image so was a bit surprised to discover when testing the end-to-e...

How to enable Wake on LAN on Network Interface Cards using SCCM 2012 Compliance, by Ben Fisher

Recently I’ve been working on a few System Center 2012 Configuration Manager implementations coupled with the design and deployment of Windows 7 SOE’s. These sorts of projects always present situations where you need to do something custom, like copy a file, enable or disable a feature or setting or turn something on or off. I’ve always been more than capable of writing code whenever I’ve needed t...

Windows 7 – Sysprep Fails to Join Domain, error: 0x52e

This week I faced an issue with Windows 7 computers failing to join the domain during Sysprep. I spent a good day trying to get this problem resolved, so I thought why not share it. I’m preparing a Healthcare company for a 6000 seat Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade. There’s about 16 hardware models which I developed all the drivers and Task Sequence in my Configuration Manager 2012 build environmen...

Ben Fisher, now posting on myITforum

This is officially my first post on myITforum. I’m entering the world of putting myself “out there” and what better place to do it. I grew-up reading and learning with myITforum, it’s now my turn to give something back. A bit about me. It’s 2012, I’m a 33 year old father of one (4 year old beautiful daughter) and living in Sydney, Australia. I originally started out in IT in 1994 when I was 16 (st...