PoshCAT 0.2 version released

I just published PoshCAT 0.2 version and the changes are as follows: · New Client Actions o Desired Configuration Manager Cycle o Application Machine Policy Cycle o Application Global Evaluation Cycle o Install ConfigMgr Client o Get App-V Client Packages o Get App-V Client Configuration o Get App-V Client Version o Enable App-V Client Package Scripts o Get ConfigMgr Client Available Applications o Get Applied Group Policies o Refresh Group Policies o Get Free Disk Space · Alternate Credentials Support – you can specify only one account · Active Directory Connector · Better error handling · Separate folder for reports [...]

Automate importing and creating driver packages in SCCM 2012 R2

  I take that you are familiar with drivers and manually creating driver categories and driver packages in Configuration Manager. Here I will show you how you can optimize the process by running a very need little PowerShell script called ImportDrivers.ps1 (main developer is Claus Codam). There are a few prerequisites that needs to be in place before the script will work. Driver source has to be 3 levels deep like this example (Make\Model\OS). The driver source is where you store the original driver packages from the vendor. You need to create a Driver packages folder (where ConfigMgr will import [...]

No cable connection when running Hyper-V on a Windows 8 workstation

  For quite some time I haven’t been able to use a cable connection, but never had the time to investigate why. Today it got too much (and also, I couldn’t to the wireless). The network adapter was enabled and I didn’t have any Hyper-V virtual switches to interfere with the connection. Turns out the Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch was enabled on the NIC.     Once disabling this I could the cable connection on my laptop.

By | 2013-08-27T21:25:24+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Virtualization, Windows Client|0 Comments

Building PoshCAT Part 3 – Enabling PowerShell Remoting through Group Policy for PoshCAT

You may want to read these posts before: · How to install PoshCAT · Building PoshCAT Part 1 – Create different Client Actions lists · Building PoshCAT Part 2 – Adding your own custom functions One of the most important thing you need to know before you start using PoshCAT is that it relies on PowerShell remoting. If you don’t configure PowerShell remoting on your computers, then the Client Actions will fail. In this post I will show how you can enable PowerShell remoting through Group Policy but you can also configure it manually. To enable PowerShell remoting manually you [...]

Building PoshCAT Part 2 – Adding your own custom functions

Last week I showed how you can create different Client Actions lists for different support groups in your organization and in this post I will show how you can add/create your own custom functions for PoshCAT So let’s assume that you would like to query applied Computer Group Policy objects. If you want that your custom function returns some kind of information, then it must return PSObject. Here is the function that I use in this example. This function queries only applied/enabled policies [crayon-59c1b4e21f5c8598676966/] This function creates the following output To add this function to PoshCAT 1. Open WorkerFunctions.ps1 file [...]

Building PoshCAT Part 1 – Create different Client Actions lists

Last week I published our new tool PoshCAT and in the upcoming weeks I will cover different things. In this blog post I will show how to create different Client Action lists for different support groups. PoshCAT uses XML based configuration file for different Client Actions that you can execute through UI. One of the main ideas was that the tool should be customizable: · Ability to add and remove commands from UI · Ability to add your own custom actions/functions By default there are over 30 commands that are ready for use. Commands.xml configuration · TASK – Client Action [...]

SCO 2012 R2: System Management Automation Part 3 – The Web Service

The new preview of System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2, comes with a new part called "System Management Automation" Not much info has been released about what it is, or what it can be used for. update: more information have been released by microsoft. Start here It seems to me to be a new runbook engine, with a completely new type of runbooks. I can't wait to get more info about what it is , and what it is for. It has 3 parts which is installed seperately: Web Service Runbook Worker PowerShell Module I will try to post some of [...]

By | 2013-08-08T10:50:44+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Automation|7 Comments

How to install PoshCAT

1. Download and Unzip PoshCAT_v0.2.zip 2. Right-Click Start-PoshCAT.ps1, WorkerFunctions.ps1, SharedFunctions.ps1 and Commands.xml and select properties. 3. Unblock the files if needed and click OK. 4. Right-click Start-PoshCAT.ps1 and choose Run with PowerShell 5. If you don’t have administrative permissions, this message will be shown.   Enjoy!

SCCM Client Actions Tool PowerShell Edition aka PoshCAT

Updated 28.08.2013 Description SCCM Client Actions Tool PowerShell Edition aka PoshCAT is a practical and simple PowerShell application for performing most common day-to-day administrative tasks on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Clients. The tool allows running actions remotely on one or more computers simultaneously. A list of computers can be provided either from a file (CSV, TXT) or loaded from Configuration Manager Collection importer or through Add Computer prompt. You can find the old version from here SCCMCAT - https://sccmcat.codeplex.com/ by Christjan Schumann. Please read the documentation first and blog posts! Please read this post how to install PoshCAT - [...]

How to create a link to a Knowledge Article in an email template

What if I told you.. you could make a direct link to a knowledge article that is attached to an Incident (or other workitems) and present it in an email template to a user. Scenario:   1) The supporter gets a new Incident from an end-user: 2) Instead of writing the same message over and over, he or she decides to attach a knowledge article related to the issue and send a little message along to the end-user: 3) The end-user then receives a new email triggered from the SendEmail worklfow 4) He can then click on the link and [...]

By | 2013-08-01T21:29:56+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Service Manager (SCSM)|1 Comment