Author: Mark Kent

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac Custom Install

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Manager for Mac is a standalone anti-virus application for OS X 10.6-10.8.  Although part of the System Center 2012 product line, it is not currently managed by any of the management systems.   There is no central management or reporting at this time.   If you wish to customize the application and transfer settings to another install, this is possible with in...

Windows PowerShell for Beginners–MMS 2012 On Demand Session

If you are just starting PowerShell or haven’t looked at it at all but want to get some starting information, you should really check out the “Windows PowerShell for Beginners” on demand session.  This is available for free on the MMS 2012 Digital Experience site (http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms), and is led by none other than the inventor of PowerShell himself: Jeffrey Snover.  The session is ...

SCCM 2007 Post-SP2 Client Hotfixes–Component Version Numbers

With the install of the SCCM 2007 SP2 Client on a device, all of the SCCM Components on the device will be at version 4.0.6487.2000.  Over time, with the addition of various hotfixes, component numbers will change and can cause some confusion.  Here is a listing of some of the common client hotfixes and the component change numbers.  Note that you can write queries or make collectio...

Microsoft Virtual Academy – Free Training

If you haven’t seen it yet, Microsoft has a free learning source called the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  You just need a Windows Live account to sign up.  Note that there is a track for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  You can find the site here: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Home.aspx Can’t beat free

SCCM Web Reports – Authentication Failure Fix

There have been a couple times where our SCCM web reports were failing authentication, even though they were working correctly in the past.  I have come across others having this issue as well.  Everything is properly configured in IIS, as well as COM/DCOM permissions, but authentication still fails. I found a simple fix that will hopefully work for others.  These instructions are f...

Use PowerShell Commands to Assist with Patching During SCCM Image Build

Many people who use SCCM to build OS images have come across a slight issue where subsequent “Install Software Updates” task sequences are not finding any patches.  This issue occurs because the machine doesn’t refresh it’s update scan and therefore doesn’t think it needs any updates.  Brandon Linton detailed some PowerShell commands recently on the MDT-OSD list that can be used to trigg...

Helpful tips to reduce SCCM deployment issues and accidents

SCCM is a powerful tool which of course requires care in implementation and usage. Over time, you can assemble a large number of Packages, Programs, Collections and Advertisements. This can add complexity and probably some confusion over time. Add in a number of sites, geographic locations, and numerous admins and the chance for an accidental deployment become more a reality. To help avoid these s...

Use SCCM PXE for Ghost Imaging

As we began our migration to Windows 7, we realized that we would still need to maintain our Ghost images for machines that needed Windows XP. For our Windows 7 deployments, we are using ZTI with integrated MDT 2010. We wanted to try and keep some things consistent for the techs when it came to imaging. Previously we were using customized WinPE USB keys to boot machines and run Ghost. However, we ...

Remote Registry in Windows 7

If you use some client management tools in Windows 7 (ex. Regedit.exe) and connect to a remote Windows 7 machine, you may have noticed messages about the Remote Registry service not running. While normally always running on Windows XP, on Windows 7 machines this service is set to Manual startup. It’s a simple adjustment, just connect to the machine using Computer Management, open Services, and sta...