Troubleshooting Failed Software Updates in ConfigMgr

Hello, I just wanted to take a few moments to share the thought process that I use to troubleshoot failing software updates in Configuration Manager. On several occasions for me, this has been the most straightforward method of figuring out why an update is failing, and determining how to resolve …

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MDT 2010 Driver Injection Slowness

After upgrading from MDT 2008 to 2010, I recently experienced an issue with MDT / WinPE 3.0 that was simply a driver issue. The initial symptom reported to me was: Driver detection / copying (ZTIDrivers.wsf) is taking a long time in WinPE on a Lenovo T60. The build completed, but …

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Deployment Workbench: Windows Imaging Error

I just installed the Windows AIK for Windows7, and MDT 2010 on my 64-bit Windows 7 Release Candidate system, and attempted to open the Deployment Workbench. It opened just fine, but when I selected the Deployment Shares node in the snap-in, I got this error: “The file C:Windowssystem32wimgapi.dll(version 6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)) is …

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MDT 2008 to 2010 Upgrade Successful!

Yesterday, I upgraded MDT from 2008 to 2010. The high-level steps I followed to upgrade it were as follows: Uninstall Windows AIK 1.1 Uninstall MDT 2008 Install Windows 7 / 2008 R2 AIK Install MDT 2010 Open MDT 2010 console and upgrade deployment shares Test task sequence on virtual machine Please …

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GemBox’s Excel .NET Library

If you’re at all familiar with the Excel APIs, you’ll know that they’re often quite frustrating to work with. The fact that the Office 2007 .NET API is simply a wrapper around the COM interface doesn’t make it very appealing either. I e-mailed my dad, who develops software, and he …

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Failing software updates in SCCM / WSUS

I recently was troubleshooting an issue with some failing software update installations being deployed via SCCM / WSUS, and finally found out what was affecting them. All of the failed updates were related to Microsoft Office, so that kind of tells you something right there. It turns out, the root cause …

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SCCM – Changing Client Cache Location

Update (2009-10-05 12:30 PM): Thanks to Todd Hemsell, I now know that you have to restart the ccmexec service in order for the change to take effect. I’ve updated the scripts appropriately. — So you’ve got System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 in place, and for whatever reason, you’re looking …

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One reason I don’t use Linux

I’d like to take a moment to relay to you one, of many, reasons that I don’t use Linux, or take it seriously at all. This is partially for others to read, and partially as personal documentation so the next time I decide to try Linux, I can stop myself …

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PowerShell: Clean up AD Computer Accounts

Update (2009-11-03): I have posted a newer version of this script. Please visit this link for information. ————— I recently wrote a script to clean up workstation accounts in our Active Directory domain. It’s not perfect, but it was a good learning experience, as I found out there are some …

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