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Author: Matt Benninge

MDT Monitor Tool v1.5

Hi, It has been too long since I wrote anything but here comes a small update. Hopefully I get more time to blog all things I’ve been wanting to share soon. I have just updated my MDT Monitor Tool to version 1.5 (Download), this version adds the “Start Time” column. So if you have many deployments ongoing or finnished you can now sort on start time.   New in v1.5: Added Star...

It’s official! SC 2012 SP1 has RTM’d.

A post from a MS employee states that SP1 is RTM, no word on offical chans yet but expect them soon! It’s official! SC 2012 SP1 has RTM’d. Few notes to make the upgrade path crystal clear: General Availability is targeted for early January. Upgrade from Sp1 Beta is only supported for TAP customers who installed RC. Non-TAP customers will only be able to upgrade from DPM 2012 RTM (+ qfe...

SCCM 2012 Application Importer sneakpeak, Input needed!!

I’m working on a new tool for automating the process of creating new Applications in SCCM 2012. Even though there is some work left I would very much like some input from the community how you are working with CM12. Since I myself use AD-Groups and target devices for deploying applications the first “alpha” release will focus on this. Current features: * Create an Application wit...

PowerShell logon script form oddities

I was recently asked to add some logic to our old vbs logon script, but since the old one had a lot of unused functions and needed a rewrite anyway I decided to try to rewrite it in PowerShell. Since I wanted to give some user feedback when something went wrong I need a function to present data. First of all I wrote the script and got it working just as I wanted, but when I then applied it as a lo...

Monitor SCCM OSD Multicast with Powershell

During a project to migrate to Windows 7 we enabled the Multicast role on the distribution points. I quickly realized that there was no easy way to get a good overview how the actual multicast session was progressing. Of course there was the option to physically go to the computers being deployed and looking at the screen to check the progress but that really didn’t feel like best way to monitor a...

Tools for managing AppLocker : Part 2

This part will describe how the XML created in Part 1 can be merged into an existing GPO. The manual process for doing this is described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee791754(v=ws.10).aspx Before launching the application you should edit the MergeAppLockerXML.config.xml and edit the intial path when pressing the select button. The other thing that must be changed is the full LD...

Tools for managing AppLocker : Part 1

Part 1 will show how I created a Powershell GUI Tool for creating an AppLocker EXE rule set based on a user specified folder. The normal procedure for doing this is described here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee791870(v=ws.10).aspx#BKMK_AppPol_Sec However this requires a using secpol.msc or gpedit.msc and quite a few steps. I created this tool to make it very simple for the people c...

Forcing a refresh on failed packages with PowerShell

Sometimes for various reasons packages seems to fail getting to some distribution points and even if it retries 100 times it won’t fix itself. Often by doing a manual refresh on the package will fix the problem since that forces the whole package to be reloaded and not just a delta upgrade as the built in updater tries to use. The manual process of doing this is first identifying the package with ...

Automatically populate the SCCM Client Patch property during OSD

This script is based on one written by Michael Murgolo as described here http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2010/08/13/automatically-populate-the-patch-property-for-the-configmgr-2007-client-installation.aspx I will not repeat everything in that post since most of it is true about my script as well, I will only describe the differences and show how to use it in a normal SCCM OSD. Th...

Trigger a SCCM HW Inventory when a program is uninstalled on a client

If you use Configuration Manager to Install or Uninstall a program you can follow the progress via the status messages for the specific advertisement you are running. But what if you want your rapports to show correct data or someone uninstalls a program locally on the machine? Then you wont be aware that the program is missing until the client does its next hardware inventory, this of course depe...

Filter Advertisements in SCCM Client Center

I recently wrote a small update to SCCM Client Center by Roger Zander to make it possible to filter out advertisements from the list. For example if you have a Task Sequence advertised to all you clients with a lot of steps all those steps will be listed. But maybe those are not that interesting to your helpdesk so this gives them the option to filter those outs and they can also see that they hav...

Warranty Plugin for SCCM Client Center

There has been ways before to programmatically retrieve warranty information for Dell computers. It has required parsing of HTML pages and those pages have changed ever so often so it has not been interesting for me do any plugin before. Recently I saw a mail on the SMS mailing list on myITforum where Scott Keiffer had written a blog post about Dell Warranty Info. He had recently found out that th...

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