Upgrading ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Primary site server from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

Maybe my most boring blog post ever, but just finished upgrading the primary site server from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2. After the upgrade I performed a ConfigMgr Site reset (not required, but just in case). Testing out the different features and all but one looked to be doing just fine. The only feature that didn’t work was the Software Update feature. A quick look in the wsyncmgr.log file revealed that the server wouldn’t synchronize between the primary site server and the WSUS server. Sometimes the solution is just too easy and almost not even worth blogging [...]

By | 2014-11-29T20:50:33+00:00 November 29th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|2 Comments

Why do my ConfigMgr clients not report having the new CU3 installed?

Recently I had to deploy CU3 to a lot of clients and I ran into a funny issue. After a couple of days I only saw about 10-15% of the clients reporting the new CU3 being installed although my CU3 packages seemed to be running fine and hitting almost 90% of all clients in the organization.   It turned out that our Heartbeat discovery was configured with the default settings which is “run every 7 days”.     The heartbeat discovery data generated on each client is only about 10-12 kb in size and contains information about the client version. [...]

By | 2014-11-28T13:27:25+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|1 Comment

Device based vs User based MDM policies in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

With ConfigMgr and Intune you have long been able to manage devices like Android, iOS and Windows with mail profiles, security settings, Wi-Fi profiles and VPN profiles. Deployment of those profiles has undergone a fundamental change with the release of ConfigMgr R2 and CU3. To understand those changes you first to understand how policies were deployed in the past. Back in the old days “prior to R2 CU3” On the ConfigMgr side, even if you deployed policies to a user it would always be deployed to the device. What happened in the background the policy generated would not be generated [...]

By | 2014-11-26T15:02:42+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|1 Comment

Slides and links from my session @Techdays in Sweden

As always thanks for attending and for making speaking in Stockholm being a fun thing to do. As promised during the session here are the links to the blog posts I mentioned, the script I used and the slide deck. Autmating the WSUS Cleanup process http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/house-of-cardsthe-configmgr-software-update-point-and-wsus/ SQL PowerShell audit script http://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/powershell-sql-audit-script/ Splitting existing ConfigMgr database into multiple SQL files http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jnelson/archive/2009/07/27/140199.aspx Pre-creating the database before installing Configmgr – download script Post 2012 CU2 hotfix to speed up user policies in hybrid MDM scenarios - https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2994331 Management point replicas - http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/working-with-database-replicas-on-your-management-point/ Multiple software upate points and shared db - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/steverac/archive/2013/02/07/configuring-multiple-software-update-points-in-a-configmgr-2012-primary-site-what-to-expect.aspx Slide deck  [...]

By | 2014-11-22T13:17:49+00:00 November 22nd, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Events|1 Comment

Coretech System Center Dashboard

I’m proud to announce our System Center dashboard with the Configuration Manager 2012 connector. What is the dashboard Coretech’s System Center dashboard with the Configuration Manager 2012 connector enables enterprise client management administrators to make the right decisions at the right time. The dashboard can provide status on deployments, compliance, mobile devices and client health. The Dashboard also provides accurate information that supports continuous improvements in client management. The primary goal of our Dashboard is to communicate information clearly and efficiently to both administrators and management. At Coretech we know that effective visualization gives you the information needed to analyze [...]

Troubleshooting Certificate deployment on iOS devices with ConfigMgr & Intune

Last week I had an issue trying to enroll certificates thru ConfigMgr/Intune via NDES on iOS devices. The enrollment worked like a charm on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The error I got in the crp.log file (Certificate Reqistration Point component) was key usage in CSR 160 and challenge 224 do not match To fix the issue you have to modify the certificate NDES General Purpose certificate template and remove Signature in proof of origin. You will find the property in Extensions After that iOS devices started appying the certificates.

By | 2014-11-11T15:29:49+00:00 November 11th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|0 Comments