Author: Roger Zander

Network Access Accounts are evil…

Most of the System Center Configuration Manager Environments do have a Network Access Account defined and I’ve found many that are using a privileged account for that (some with Domain Admin as NAA)… It’s time to explain why Network Access Accounts (NAA) are evil. What is a NAA doing ? The Network Access Account is used by client computers when they cannot use their local computer account to acces...

Import RuckZuck Applications to Configuration Manager 2012

RuckZuck for Configuration Manager is a new Applications-as-a-Service (AaaS) Solution to import Software from the RuckZuck repository into System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. The created Applications do not require RuckZuck or any other tools as prerequisite and you can modify the installations scripts (PowerShell) to customize the installations. Be aware that importing software from Ruck...

Monitoring CM12 Prerequisites and IIS configurations

Is IIS on your CM12 Site Systems properly configured ? An easy way to monitor (and automatically fix) your settings is using the compliance settings management from Configuration Manager 2012… Based on Prerequisites for Site System Roles , I’ve created a DCM Baseline example that monitors and fixes IIS configurations and missing Server features that are used on ConfigMgr2012 Site System Roles … Co...

Collection Commander for Configuration Manager 2012

A first beta of Collection Commander for Configuration Manager 2012 is now published on http://cmcollctr.codeplex.com. Collection Commander for CM12 is an extended version of the recently released Patch Monitoring Tool for CM12. It does use the SCCM Client Center Automation Library (which requires WinRM) as core, but can also  run custom powershell commands against multiple systems. If you are mis...

SCCM Client Center 2.0.4.2 released

Thanks to Mark Whitte for reporting and fixing!!! some Issues on SCCM Client Center (the one for SCCM 2007). Version 2.0.4.2 includes the following changes: Bug: Slp doesn’t clear after connecting to a computer/new computer Bug: Getting services can be called multiple times. Bug: Getting Execution history over Remote registry sometimes fails (seen with  127.0.0.1 connections)->Add more me...

Multiple entries for TopConsoleUser

I have seen an Environment where the Table SYSTEM_CONSOLE_USAGE_DATA had multiple entries per device… with the result that the TopConsoleUser was an old, orphaned entry on some reports. The following Query will return all affected Machines: SELECT COUNT(*) as [Count], System_DISC.Netbios_Name0, SYSTEM_CONSOLE_USAGE_DATA.MachineID FROM SYSTEM_CONSOLE_USAGE_DATA INNER JOIN System_DISC ON SYSTEM_CONS...

Patch Monitoring Tool for CM12

I made this adhoc Tool to get a brief overview of the Patch-Status from a list of machines… You can right click selected rows to trigger some patch related actions: Requirements: – Tool must run as Admin and the Account must have Admin rights on the target devices – WinRM must be enabled (run winrm /quickconfig) Notes: –          CMHealthMon.exe /install will install a CM12...

Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 Agent depends on Network List Service

If the “SMS Agent Host” service does not start after migrating to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and you find the following error in ccmexec.log: Initializing power state manager. Initializing network state manager. [NWCOST] UNRESTRICTED Phase 0 initialization failed (0x80070422). Service initialization failed (0x80070422). Shutting down CCMEXEC… Waiting up to 2 seconds for activ...

PowerShell command to install all pending SW Updates on a CM12 Client

The following PowerShell command will install all approved updates (also those without a deadline) on a ConfigMgr2012 Client: ([wmiclass]’ROOT\ccm\ClientSDK:CCM_SoftwareUpdatesManager’).InstallUpdates([System.Management.ManagementObject[]] (get-wmiobject -query “SELECT * FROM CCM_SoftwareUpdate” -namespace “ROOT\ccm\ClientSDK”)) To install only the updates with ...

PowerShell commands to manage ConfigMgr 2012 Agents

Did you know that Client Center for CM12 provides the PowerShell code for all of the functions in the tool… ?! Just make your changes in the the Tool and copy the PowerShell code from the text box:

Alpha Preview released for Client Center for Configuration Manager 2012

A preview of Client Center for Configuration Manager is published on codeplex. Start the Click-Once release from: http://sccmclictr.codeplex.com/releases/clickonce/SCCMCliCtrWPF.application?localhost Note: This is an alpha Version with a limited set of features. New features and functions for CM12 will follow (step-by-step)… Requirements: – .NET Framework 4.0 – WinRM enabled (run...

DateTime Attributes in DDR Files

The SCCM Client Center Automation Library does now support creating DDR Files with DateTime Attributes. The following example (C#) will generate a simple DDR with a DateTime Attribute (ADLastLogon): smsclictr.automation.DDRFile oDDR = newsmsclictr.automation.DDRFile(“System”, “CustomDiscovery”, “C01”); oDDR.DDRAddString(“Name”, Environment.MachineNam...

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