Troubleshooting: An error occurred when creating the WSUS Signing Certificate (Secunia)

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 [...]

By | 2015-10-20T20:14:46+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Security|1 Comment

How to: Create custom SQL- based Reports in System Center 2012 R2: Configuration Manager

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 [...]

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 [...]

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-5a14e3926bfbe797558408/] 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 - [...]

SCO 2012 R2: System Management Automation Part 2 – The PowerShell Module

  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 [...]

By | 2013-07-26T09:00:08+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Automation|0 Comments

SCO 2012 R2: System Management Automation Part 1 – Overview and Setup

  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 [...]

By | 2013-07-19T15:11:54+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Automation|1 Comment

SCO 2012 R2: System Management Automation – Using the Web Service in Visual Studio 2012

  update: more information have been released by microsoft. Start here The new preview of System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2, comes with a new part called "System Management Automation" In this article series i can been focusing on the 3 parts: Web Service Runbook Worker PowerShell Module In this article i'll show how to use the web service in Visual studio. An earlier post described more about the web service Install Browse using Internet Browser   The idea is to give you a chance to play around with it, and any kind of comments/feedback is very welcomed! Lets go!   [...]

By | 2013-07-19T14:29:24+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Automation|0 Comments

System Center 2012 RC2 suiten klar til download

Tænk sig, det har lige været Jul og alligevel vælter det igen ned med gaver System Center 2012 RC2 suiten er klar til download fra TechNet Evalueringscenter. Husk også registreringen til MMS 2012 i Las Vegas, US – det tegner til at blive en af de mest interessante MMS events i mange år og det forventes at konferencen bliver udsolgt tidligt i år,  – du kan opnå Early Bird pris intil 27. januar. Vi er 5 deltagere fra Coretech, og håber at møde så mange af Jer som mulig i Vegas.

By | 2012-01-19T11:00:31+00:00 January 19th, 2012|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|0 Comments