Secunia Webinar Follow-up

Thanks to everyone who attended my recent webcast with Secunia’s “We Speak Geek” series! The topic of discussion was deploying a lab for System Center Configuration Manager in Microsoft Azure, and automating the majority of the process in PowerShell. Want to deploy a #ConfigMgr lab in #Microsoft #Azure using #PowerShell? @Secunia webcast starts in 1 … Read more Secunia Webinar Follow-up

CU2 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Microsoft has just released Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager! I discovered this via a tweet from Robert Marshall, a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Client Management (ECM). There are two Microsoft Support documents that detail the changes in CU2: General fixes in the Configuration Manager product (KB2970177) Improvements to the … Read more CU2 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1: Remote SQL Connectivity Problem

Recently I had some issues with a ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Primary Site communicating with a remote SQL Server 2008 R2 named instance. This was in my lab environment. I decided to upgrade the database instance from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012 SP1. Missing SQL Server Services in Configuration Manager The first problem … Read more ConfigMgr 2012 SP1: Remote SQL Connectivity Problem

SQL 2012 SP1: Errors on starting database server named instance

I recently got some weird SQL Server error messages in the Application event log after rebooting my SQL 2012 SP1 server, running on Windows Server 2012: Event ID 26014: Unable to load user-specified certificate [Cert Hash(sha1) “D3D88810B87C9533AA30CE9B2C3BDCEE3C674B97”]. The server will not accept a connection. You should verify that the certificate is correctly installed. See “Configuring … Read more SQL 2012 SP1: Errors on starting database server named instance

ConfigMgr 2012: Ccmeval.exe causing client corruption

I’ve discovered, on more than one occasion, that the ConfigMgr 2012 client’s ccmeval.exe, which is intended to resolve client health related issues, actually breaks the ConfigMgr client. This has happened on a Windows 8 RTM client, and I’m fairly certain that it affects Windows Server 2012 as well. You might be aware that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are unsupported client operating systems with ConfigMgr 2012 RTM, but will be officially supported in Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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By default, when the ConfigMgr 2012 client is installed, a Scheduled Task is registered under the \Microsoft\Configuration Manager called “Configuration Manager Health Evaluation.” The command line that is called is simply ccmeval.exe, with no command line arguments. The task will run approximately around midnight (12:19 AM on my test client) every night.

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VBscript: Export ConfigMgr Task Sequence Variables

Here is a simple VBscript that will export Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) task sequence variables to a file on the root of the system drive for troubleshooting. In WinPE (Windows Pre-execution), this is typically the x:\ drive, and in the full OS phase, it’s most commonly the c:\ drive, although that … Read more VBscript: Export ConfigMgr Task Sequence Variables

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 mode. After these tasks are … Read more ConfigMgr 2012 RC Issues with CAS + Primary Hierarchy

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 more PowerShell / ConfigMgr: Count of Client Manufacturer / Models

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 custom scripts and so on. … Read more ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2: WMI Namespace Documentation

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 advertisements in SCCM are not product or service advertisements, but rather proclamations of the availability of software to a computer system. If you’re reading this, you most likely already knew that, but if not, then … now you do.

Back in the days of the SCCM 2007 console, there was a single Software Distribution –> Advertisements node which contained advertisements for both standard software distribution and operating system deployment (OSD) task sequences. This worked pretty well, but it was a little confusing since the operating system deployment node was entirely separate from software distribution. Hierarchically, it just didn’t make sense.

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