I recently ran into a challenge while working at a client's site where my Windows 7 to Windows 10 1709 In-Place Upgrade (IPU) would effectively stall out shortly after setup.exe was initiated by the Task Sequence (TS). I banged my head on this for 24 hours before I finally found what appears to be the root cause of the challenge and ultimately, the resolution! Getting right to the point, in looking at my setupact.log while it was in $WINDOWS~BT\Sources\Panther I saw that it had halted amongst a sea of RED errors referencing DeviceInventory and the device map. Info CSI 00000002 [...]
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 [...]
I am proud to present that I will be speaking at System Center Universe Europe 2015! There is already a great list of speakers! http://www.systemcenteruniverse.ch/speakers.html When August 24-26 2015 Where Congress Center Basel Messeplatz 21 4058 Basel Switzerland Expect automation at it’s best! Looking forward!
Cool webpage to measure network latency to azure.
PowerShell/SMA/WAP: Controlling LEGO Mindstorms EV3 from PowerShell/SMA Runbook – Part 1 – The Runbook
A few weeks ago i posted the video about my demo of the LEGO Mindstorms robot, controlled by a Runbook inside the Service Management Automation section of Windows Azure Pack The video has been seen by many people and i have gotten so much great feedback! Multiple people have asked me of “How did you do that?” I have decided to do a multi part post, first posting the details, then more guides to how to do the different setup tasks Part 1 – SMA Runbook, Overview + Setup Part 2 – How to setup a variable asset in SMA [...]
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 [...]
Integrations Packs for SC2012 is Out! .. go get them! :)
Links to videos of all 3 sessions i did at www.nic2012.com on Orchestrator
Converting flatten data to multi-value executions in Orchestrator 2012
System Center Orchestrator 2012: Active Directory IP – Get User Activity – How to search for Distinguished name!
Cannot figure out how to search for a user via Distinguished name field in the active directory IP for SCORCH 2012? Look no futher, here is the solution.
Today Microsoft release alot of new versions of System Center software: Available System Center 2012 Products: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection. System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta [...]
Download my demos from campus days 2011
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Using Web Service in .NET – Part 1 – Creating a SharePoint 2010 Web part
How to create a simple web part for SharePoint that is connecting to the Orchestrator Web Service Sample project attatached.
System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta: Creating an overview of RunBooks using Orchestrator Web Service and PowerPivot For Excel
In my opinion, one of the greatest improvements in Orchestrator compared to Opalis is the extended web service. Opalis did have a web service too, but the Orchestrator service has a more functionality. One way to utilize this new web service is by using PowerPivot for Excel. PowerPivot for Excel is an addon developed and published by Microsoft. You can read more and download a trial here using PowerPivot for excel , it is possible to connect to all different types of data sources and create real-time reports. It is really easy to do, specially with a web service like [...]
This post contains a collection of usable links for all infos, blogs and other stuff about Opalis and System Center Orchestrator
At MMS 2011 in Las Vegas, the next version of Opalis was announced. The product is called "System Center Orchestrator 2012" Adam Hall has published a first look of this which gives a good overview of what to expect!
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 [...]