PowerShell / ConfigMgr: Count of Client Manufacturer / Models

Introduction If you’re an administrator of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007, you might be interested in finding out what make / model of client & server systems you have, and how many of each unique value you have. Most people would probably simply pull up a ConfigMgr report, but did you … Read morePowerShell / ConfigMgr: Count of Client Manufacturer / Models

ConfigMgr: You Receive Error 0x80070490 in a Capture Task Sequence

If you ever work with Operating System Deployment (OSD) in Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007, you might build a task sequence that only performs an OS image capture (as opposed to an OS build & capture). You might think — logically — that you only need a single task sequence step to perform this action: a “Capture Operating System Image” step. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. If you attempt to run a task sequence like this, you’ll probably receive a 0x80070490 error code, which means “element not found.”

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ConfigMgr: Start the Console as a Different User

In the interest of security, some organizations provide administrative IT users with separate user accounts for administrative tasks. While this improves security, it often complicates day-to-day administrative tasks by requiring additional logins to various programs or remote systems. If you are a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager administrator who is running the console on your … Read moreConfigMgr: Start the Console as a Different User

PowerShell: Update your ConfigMgr OSD Boot Images to WinPE 3.1

When you upgrade your boot images in Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007 from WinPE 3.0 to WinPE 3.1, you must run the ExportDefaultBootImage() WMI method on the SMS_BootImagePackage WMI class for each boot image architecture. Typically this would simply include x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) boot images (Windows Image Format (WIM) … Read morePowerShell: Update your ConfigMgr OSD Boot Images to WinPE 3.1

PowerShell / ConfigMgr: Sendsched.vbs Replacement

Recently, someone posted a PowerShell script, which is intended as a replacement for the SendSched.vbs included in the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit v2. I took the liberty of cleaning the code up a little bit, and simplifying it to be more PowerShell friendly. Enjoy. # # Script Name: SendSched_PowerShell_Version.ps1 # Purpose: Serves … Read morePowerShell / ConfigMgr: Sendsched.vbs Replacement

PowerShell: Initiate Evaluation of ConfigMgr DCM Baselines

Introduction

Recently, I was working with Desired Configuration Management (DCM) in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007 SP2 R3. During the development of configuration items (CIs) and baselines, it’s common to have to trigger baseline evaluations to ensure that the validation rules you’re writing are correct.

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ConfigMgr: Report of VMware Guests Missing VMTools

I needed to get a report of server systems that are missing the VMware Tools installation. This is pretty easy to do with a subselect query in Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr). Here is the query I put together for this purpose: select     [sys].[AD_Site_Name0]     , [sys].[Name0]     , [cs].[Manufacturer0] from … Read moreConfigMgr: Report of VMware Guests Missing VMTools

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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