ConfigMgr: Hardware Inventory MIF Errors

Introduction

In this situation, I’m working with a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 R3 central + child primary site configuration. Both sites have local databases, and all SCCM components (eg. management point, provider, distribution point, etc.) are local. SCCM clients are a combination of Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2.

Recently on the child primary site, I started getting a bunch of MIF processing errors in the INVENTORY_DATA_LOADER component on a primary site. I had recently made some very minor edits to sms_def.mof, by enabling a few additional properties for reporting – I didn’t add anything new or custom to my sms_def.mof or configuration.mof, so I was a bit surprised to be running into issues.

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ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Configuring the Software Update Point

The Software Update Point role in SCCM 2012 Beta 2 has a variety of options to be configured:

  • Proxy server settings
    • Hostname
    • Port
    • Credentials
  • SUP ports & SSL certificate security
  • Products to be synchronized
  • Update Classifications
    • Critical Updates
    • Service Packs
    • Security Updates
    • etc.
  • Update languages
  • Synchronization Frequency
  • Synchronization source
    • Microsoft Windows Update
    • An upstream WSUS server
  • Supersedence rules

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ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Removing the Software Update Point Role

The Software Update Point (SUP) role is used to deploy software updates to SCCM client agents. If you want to move the SUP role from one server to another, or are decommissioning a SCCM site, you may need to remove the SUP role. You can remove the SUP role using the SCCM console, or by … Read moreConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Removing the Software Update Point Role

ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Setup Doesn’t Like Spaces in Prerequisite Path

During the course of playing with ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2, I noticed a bug in setup. It appears to not like it when you put spaces in the path to the prerequisite files that you’d pre-download using setupdl.exe. If you have spaces in the path, and try to click Next, it won’t proceed to the … Read moreConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Setup Doesn’t Like Spaces in Prerequisite Path

ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Active Directory Schema Changes

For reference, here is the ExtADSch.log file from my ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 lab setup. I don’t see any glaring changes from ConfigMgr 2007, though I don’t have a 2007 log to compare it to. <05-09-2011 15:00:02> Modifying Active Directory Schema – with SMS extensions. <05-09-2011 15:00:02> DS Root:CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=mybiz,DC=loc <05-09-2011 15:00:03> Defined attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Code. <05-09-2011 … Read moreConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Active Directory Schema Changes

SCCM 2012 Beta 2: UNC Paths when Creating an Application

In System Center Configuration Manager 2007, and prior versions, you would define an application package’s source files using a local package source path on the site server, or a UNC path to another network location. Naturally, as you might be accustomed to by now, you probably copy / paste the path to the root folder … Read moreSCCM 2012 Beta 2: UNC Paths when Creating an Application

ConfigMgr 2012: Installing the Software Update Point Role

Introduction

In a new ConfigMgr 2012 site, you probably won’t initially have a Software Update Point (SUP), which allows you to deploy Microsoft software updates. This process actually uses Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 under the covers, just like ConfigMgr 2007 did.

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PowerShell: Creating the System Management Container

If you’ve ever worked with Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) 2007, you probably are familiar with the step of creating the “System Management” container underneath the “CN=System,DC=mydomain,DC=com” container in Active Directory. Normally you have to go into ADSIEdit.msc in order to do this, since you can’t create … Read morePowerShell: Creating the System Management Container

ccmsetup.exe: Trailing slash in “Source” parameter

Hello everyone! Tonight, while I’m traveling in Houston, Texas, I wrestled with ccmsetup.exe for a little while. I was working on getting a ConfigMgr vNext client agent installed on a Windows 7 Ultimate virtual machine, and kept getting a message in my ccmsetup.log saying “Source <path> is inaccessible.” —– A little bit about %~dp0 Now, … Read moreccmsetup.exe: Trailing slash in “Source” parameter