Author: John Marcum

Dude,where’s my compliance data?

One announcement that was made during MMS 2013 was the release of MDOP 2013 which includes MBAM 2.0. I’m not writing this blog to tell you about the features of MBAM 2.0, if you want that info you can get it here. What I do want to discuss in this blog is compliance data retention. While the ConfigMgr integration in MBAM 2.0 is quite nice it comes at a price, compliance data is purged from the CM ...

Machine Details Report Revisited

A couple weeks ago there was a thread on the SMS mailing list discussing AI, add/remove programs data and third party normalization products. Personally I’ve been using BDNA Normalize CM for a couple years now. I find the normalized data easier to use than any of the out of the box data. Using the normalized data I am able to create queries for collection and reports that are much more lightweight...

CM 12 RTM Monthly Software Updates Deployment

Prior to the writing of this document I have created several deployment packages. I use a total of four packages. There’s one for Windows XP, Windows 7, Office and Adobe. These packages have been sent to a DP group which contains all DP’s. For each deployment package there is a corresponding software update group. Before proceeding with adding new patches delete any existing deployments and delete...

Tracking Automatic Software Removals

In earlier blogs I’ve shown you how to automatically uninstall software using BDNA Normalize CM data in ConfigMgr. The steps I outlined in that blog post definitely work from a technical perspective however there’s a good possibility that don’t meet your internal change management policies. In that post I promised to later show how to do those uninstalls and also track the changes in System Center...

Allow Edit Access of SSRS Reports in Report Builder

Out of the box in Configmgr 2012 is lacking a couple of RBAC roles that I’d think are fairly commonly required. This tutorial will step you through creating RBAC roles for Reporting Users and Reporting Administrators. Reporting Users are those users who simply need to view SSRS reports from a browser, Reporting Administrators are those who need to also edit reports in Report Builder as well as upl...

Automatically Create PDF of CM Reports

We are currently performing an XP to Windows 7 migration across the Enterprise. In preparation for the migration I’ve was asked to supply a custom report in pdf format for each machine. The report contains a list of applications, printers, drivers and mapped drives that are installed as well as the physical location of the comptuer and some basic user information. The pdf is printed then giv...

CM12 RTM Site Restore Tasks

You’ve performed a restore from backup on a ConfigMgr 2012 RTM site and now you notice that software updates are not sync’ing? There’s a bug that should be fixed in SP1 but for now we need to peform some manual cleanup tasks after the restore. The steps I will outline below involve directly editing the ConfigMgr database. This is highly unsupported, if you are not comfortable wit...

Error Reinstalling CU1 after ConfigMgr 2012 Restore

So you had some catastrophe and you had to rebuild or restore your CM12 environment. At the end of the restore you are told that you need to reinstall CU1. You download CU1 and run the installer but it will not allow you to proceed. You are given an error that the update has already been installed. To work around this you need to download two free tools from Microsoft. Those would be Orca and msiz...

Duplicate Unknown Computers after ConfigMgr 2012 Restore

So you have some catastrophe and you have to rebuild or restore your CM12 environment. Now you may notice that in your all unknown computers collection you have four entries rather than two.  You’d think the simple solution would be to right-click and delete two of these but that ability, just like the ability to delete the collection itself, was removed from CM12 to prevent accidental deletion of...

Normalized Software Titles From ConfigMgr 2012 In Service Manager 2012

This blog is a follow-up post to an earlier blog I’ve written. The steps are exactly the same as they were in ConfigMgr 2007 and Service Manager, the only difference is the xml file provided here has been updated. This solution only works with ConfigMgr 2012 and Normalize CM 3.02. If you are on ConfigMgr 2007 please see the earlier blog. Download XML file in .Zip format: BDNA Normalize CM I’ve bee...

ConfigMgr 2012 Packages Fail When Set to "run program from distribution point"

If you are seeing the error “No accessible source location found for the content” in execmgr.log on your ConfigMgr 2012 clients just after an entry such as “Executing program setup.exe” you have configured your package and deployment in a way this makes it impossible for the package to install. It seems strange to me that the product will even allow this to happen however if you select “Run progra...

Using Normalized Software Titles in Service Manager

I’ve been using Normalize CM from BDNA to normalize my software and hardware information in SCCM for quite a while now. I’ve been very pleased with the data and reporting that this product is providing inside of Configuration Manager. I have friends who are using the product, or variants thereof, from BDNA to normalize data across many products rather than just ConfigMgr. Hearing this made the lit...