Sample script at the end for this article. I was recently at a customer that wanted to add new boundaries based on their DHCP-Scopes. This would be a very easy task if they only had a few, but they had well over a two-hundred scopes so I decided to create a PowerShell script to do the Job. One thing you need to bear in mind when doing this is that a DHCP-Scope can range from 10.10.10.1 – 10.10.10.254 which means when creating these boundaries that all client in this range are supported, no one is left out. However, a DHCP [...]
This document describes common scenarios for implementing DHCP in relation to PXE boot with particular focus on Configuration Manager. Assumptions and audience Audience must familiar with basic IP networking principles. The background In order for a client to perform a PXE boot, there must be a DHCP service available, this is not required to be a Microsoft DHCP service. Any DHCP server is good. The following diagram shows a typical network setup In this case the client and the server is on the same network, which is the simplest setup you will come across, normally the setup will be more [...]
Lately I have been doing some Secunia integrations with System Center 2012 R2: Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr 2012). When you are setting up the connector between Secunia CSI and WSUS one of the first things the wizard is asking you to do is to Configure a WSUS Self-Signed Certificate, the WSUS signing certificate is required to create and install local packages. Without it, only packages from Microsoft Update will be installed. How-ever this time I got this error when trying to 'Automatically create and install certificate' during the Connector Wizard: An error occurred when creating the WSUS Signing Certificate Now this [...]
A customer asked me for a “how-to” on how to Create reports in SCCM 2012, so why not share with everyone. This post is not intended to show how to write or design queries, but show you have to create a report based on a SQL query you might already have. Even-though we are skipping how to write SQL Queries for know, this post is still going to be a bit long. Time for that cup of coffee! First some requirements: You need to have an SQL Server instance for SCCM with SQL Reporting Services running You need to have [...]
Here is a really simple Configuration Manager Client installation PowerShell workflow. This workflow queries all the clients where ClientType property is NULL. You can easily add logging, scheduling etc. [crayon-5ab19874dc3ba507164508/] This workflow generates following output.
During a recent SCCM 2012 installation for a customer, we ran into some strange problems with the Reporting services point and the SCCM console.
I have two SQL related question that comes up in all of my ConfigMgr 2012 projects. Those are: · Where are we going to install the SQL server? · How are we going to configure SQL? Where are we going to install the SQL server Answering the first question often ends in a political discussion between the ConfigMgr. administrators on one side and the SQL DBA’s on the other side. Most of the ConfigMgr. administrators that I know, strongly believe in having a local SQL installation. I’m also a true believer of that for several reasons. Remote SQL installations [...]
Websites: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff657840 – Configuration Manager 2012 download http://innovation.connect.microsoft.com/configmgrbeta/discussions – Configuration Manager 2012 discussion list http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=083f45ca-1ede-4f7a-be74-77854c3a9b01&displaylang=en – SCUP 2011 download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b64c2029-0f56-4606-ba0c-ea92e03541f5 – FEP2012 beta download http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/default.aspx – System Center homepage http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/configuration-manager/cm-vnext-beta.aspx – Latest info on CM2012 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/cm/gg721914 – CM2012 videos http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/configurationmanager/ – Configuration Manager News groups http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/default.aspx – Config Mgr. homepage http://www.myitforum.com/ – Great community http://www.smsexpert.com/ – Information about MOF editing http://www.1e.com/ – Config Mgr. addons http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/default.aspx – System Center Config Mgr. team blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2010/11/30/configmgr-2007-antivirus-scan-and-exclusion-recommendations.aspx – ConfigMgr 2007 Antivirus Scan and Exclusion Recommendations http://wpkg.org/Java – Java install and upgrades http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg699359.aspx#CD_OOBM – New Out of Band Management features in Configuration Manager 2012 [...]
To suppress or not suppress a computer restart when deploying software and software updates that is the question. No matter what you do, you most likely will not win the “best colleague of the Month” award. If you do not force a computer restart you might face problems like: Non-compliant computers Computers being in reboot pending mode which might prevent them from installing new software and software updates If you do force a restart you might face problems like: Very unhappy users Scenarios where you restart while the end-user is using the computer for a demo or presentation End-users calling [...]
When we are deploying OS via ConfigMgr, we usually do a cleanup of all old objects before creating the new object. This helps prevent errors and mistakes, and is pretty easy to do. We are able to use both SMBOIS GUID and Mac addresses for the cleanup. usually I recommend using mac addresses, since I have experienced that laptops who have had their mainboard exchanged, have the BIOS GUID of "0000-00000-0000-0000", this happens because the repair shop forgets to write in the GUID after the repair. The mac addresses are always usable , since they are not typed [...]
This is the post that describes the tool and configuration. Please view this guide http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/kea/updating-the-package-source-in-configuration-manager-2007/ by my colleague Kent Agerlunds, on how to use it in a ConfigMgr Migration 1. Introduction As we start migrating from CM2007 to CM2012 one of the requirements is that the package source used for packages must be a UNC. I have seen many site installations where the package source is either a local source on the site server or a UNC pointing to the site server. In either case, you must somehow update the package source before starting the migration. This utility [...]
This week a customer contacted us, claiming that the tool did not work on sundays! I thought that was pretty strange, so I asked for log file/event log messages, and it was true. It did fail! It was even “Kernelbase.dll” or “kernel32.dll” that was throwing the exception! I tested it on our test environment, and got the same errors.! I turned out to be an old Visual Basic function, that is used to retrieve the name of the current day, that was failing on sundays. This new version has an updated logfile writer, which writes the correct format [...]
Today I was working in my test environment, my colleague had been testing some backup/restore of the site software. This had resulted in the console not working. this error appeared, when I tried to start it: “MMC cannot initialize the snap-in” I searched the net and found this article: ConfigMgr 2007: Unable to open Configuration Manager Console, error: MMC Cannot Initialize the Snap-in It helped me a lot in finding the installation log and testing the error. I had the problem in the installation log, but when I ran the commandline test: “C:\windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v2.0.50727\installutil.exe "Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager Console\AdminUI\bin\AdminUI.ResourceExplorerConsole.dll" /logfile=C:\inst.log /showcallstack” [...]
New Version out! 1.0.4! Get it here: http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/?p=2852 Since we found a minor bug in the 1.0.3 version, we have decided to release version 126.96.36.199. This has fixed the bug that cause distribution points that did have “-“ in the name, not to show up in the list of DPs. We are still working on a newer version, but can not give any info about when it will be released, since we don’t know. Changelog / What’s New 1.0.3 -> 188.8.131.52 Fixed bug that caused DP’s that had “-“ in their name, not to show up in the list. 1.0 RC1 [...]
New version is out! http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/confmgr07/coretech-sccm-manager-1-0-3-1-freeware-download/ . We're back with a new version of Coretech Application Creator! We have decided to change the name of the application, since the old name did not fit with all the features available. Changelog / What’s New 1.0 RC1 -> 1.0.3 Application has a new name, the old name did not cover the features, and future plans for the application. Configuration wizard is shown the first time the program is run, to help setup the basic settings. Changed collection structure, which means that no specific collection names are needed, only a user-defined “root collection” is [...]
On my workstation i am running Microsoft Windows Vista 64bit. Today i got a small scripting task, which required me to view the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Agent Log files. On most Operating Systems (aka. 32bit) the log files are placed in “C:\Windows\CCM\Logs\”. But on mine it was not. I had no luck search the internet, so i tried a files search for one of the logfiles. I discovered that on my system they are located in “C:\Windows\sysWOW64\CCM\Logs”. The reason for this, must be because the agent is 32bit and my system i 64bit. I hope someone else will [...]