ConfigMgr 2012 RC Issues with CAS + Primary Hierarchy

I just got done setting up a ConfigMgr 2012 Release Candidate primary site beneath a Central Administration Site (CAS), and when firing up the console on the primary site, I’m getting the following message: “Your Configuration Manager console is in read-only mode while this site completes tasks related to maintenance …

Continue reading

ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: WMI Namespace Documentation

I recently put together some documentation for the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 WMI provider. This is a searchable, formatted Excel document that displays all the classes, properties, and methods for the SCCM 2012 provider. Hopefully this will help you to find the proper information for writing …

Continue reading

PowerShell / ConfigMgr 2012: Check Client Reboot Pending State

Introduction If you’ve worked with Configuration Manager 2007 for very long, you probably know that clients pending reboots can cause you quite a headache. Determining whether or not a client needs a reboot can be a challenging task, and most folks used desired configuration management rules to detect it. Well, …

Continue reading

ConfigMgr 2012: Deleting Advertisements

Where’d my Advertisements Go? Advertisements aren’t quite what you think they are. At least, that’s probably the case if you’re talking in context of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr). At first glance you might see “deleting advertisements” and exclaim: “YES! Please do!” The difference here is that …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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]     , …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading