PowerShell: Report / Check the Size of ConfigMgr Task Sequences

Introduction In Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment (OSD), there is a limitation of 4MB for task sequence XML data. This is discussed in a couple of locations: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/configmgrosd/thread/6C4A4BB2-847B-4290-878C-3E041D9B3FD2 http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/smslist/archive/2009/10/08/mssms-maximum-number-of-steps-in-an-sccm-task-sequence.aspx – Jason Sandys (ConfigMgr MVP) references the link below http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb932192.aspx The Technet document linked to above says …

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PowerShell: Get a List of Installed Software from ConfigMgr

Let’s say you’ve got Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) in your IT environment (and if you don’t, why on earth not!). If you’re on the desktop management team, you might occasionally get requests from someone on a network or security team, inquiring as to the installed software …

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ConfigMgr 2007: PXE Service Point Installation Error

Just recently, I was getting an error in the pxemsi.log (pxemsi.log.lasterror) while trying to install a ConfigMgr 2007 PXE Service Point (PSP): DEBUG: Error 2203:  Database: C:WindowsInstaller1e0d86.ipi. Cannot open database file. System error –2147287037 MSI (s) (20:FC) [09:46:12:689]: Product: SMS PXE Service Point — Internal Error 2203. C:WindowsInstaller1e0d86.ipi, –2147287037 Internal …

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ConfigMgr: Cleanup Software Updates Objects

Introduction A common complaint I hear about Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2007 is the ability to clean up expired and superseded software updates from the objects related to software updates. As software updates are marked as expired or are superseded by newer software updates, Microsoft marks …

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PowerShell: Disable ConfigMgr Task Sequence Countdown Notification

Introduction If you are using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) to deploy task sequences to ConfigMgr client systems, you may notice that by default, a countdown notification is shown as a balloon notification in the client’s system tray. In some cases, this functionality may be undesirable, and …

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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 …

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ConfigMgr Software Updates: Enforcement State Unknown

There was an interesting thread going on over at the MyITforum MSSMS mailing list. Apparently if certain settings are not properly configured, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) clients will show a status of “Enforcement state unknown” for certain software updates. One proposed solution was the following: I had …

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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 …

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