Extreme PowerShell / ConfigMgr: Extending Hardware Inventory

Introduction In previous versions of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM), a common task for administrators, engineers, and consultants, was to extend the hardware inventory configuration. These inventory extensions were written in Managed Object Format (MOF) and allowed the SCCM client agents to report back a wider array …

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ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: Setting the Network Access Account

You might need to set the Network Access Account (NAA) in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 if you are deploying operating systems with it. Windows Pre-Execution (WinPE) needs an account to access content on the distribution point. In order to set the network access account, open the SCCM …

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ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: PXE Booting for OSD

I recently was trying to PXE bootstrap an operating system deployment (OSD) job from a ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 PXE server, and was getting this message in the smspxe.log on the SCCM primary site server: PXE::CBootImageManager::FindMatchingArchitectureBootImage Warning: Matching Processor Architetcure Boot Image (0) not found

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ConfigMgr 2012: Client Side Software Center

Introduction The System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 client agent has been updated significantly. One of the things that has been changed a lot is the client-side interface that allows an end-user to select optional software to install, scripts to run, or operating systems to deploy. In previous versions …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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