Service Manager 2012 R2 Preview – Features and updates

Just installed Service Manager 2012 R2 Preview version! Download available here: As I couldn't find any good release notes information, I thought I'd make a first-move on any new stuff.  I will try to update this post regularly as I discover things. These are the official release notes: What's new in Service Manager 2012 R2:  Release notes for Service Manager 2012 R2: The links sound promising, but doesn't actually state anything. Installation I installed this on a virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Standard edition with SQL2012(yeah why not go all in on R2? ). [...]

By |2013-06-25T16:42:48+01:00June 25th, 2013|Service Manager (SCSM)|1 Comment

SCOM 2012 Linux discovery: Unexpected DiscoveryResult.ErrorData type. Please file bug report. ErrorData:

  Today at a costumer site I was installing some Linux agents, when I got a pretty weird and non-saying error:   Unexpected DiscoveryResult.ErrorData type. Please file bug report. ErrorData: Microsoft.SystemCenter.CrossPlatform.ClientLibrary.MPAbstractions.InvalidWSManTaskResponseException Failed to parse output from WSMan discovery. Output from task was: <DataItem type=”Microsoft.SystemCenter.WSManagement.WSManData” time=”2013-02-26T15:35:00.1849706+02:00″ sourceHealthServiceId=”16F56055-5671-604C-AF9D-088444BA4B6E”><WsManData><ErrorCode>0x800703fa</ErrorCode><ErrorMessage>Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion. </ErrorMessage></WsManData></DataItem>. at System.Activities.WorkflowApplication.Invoke(Activity activity, IDictionary2 inputs, WorkflowInstanceExtensionManager extensions, TimeSpan timeout) at System.Activities.WorkflowInvoker.Invoke(Activity workflow, IDictionary2 inputs, TimeSpan timeout, WorkflowInstanceExtensionManager extensions) at Microsoft.SystemCenter.CrossPlatform.ClientActions.DefaultDiscovery.InvokeWorkflow(IManagedObject managementActionPoint, DiscoveryTargetEndpoint criteria, IInstallableAgents installableAgents)     This really didn’t give me any clues about the issue. Started Googling the issue, [...]

By |2013-06-20T11:06:46+01:00June 20th, 2013|Operations Manager (SCOM)|0 Comments

Coretech WMI & PowerShell Explorer Part II

As mentioned in my previous post (using the WMI feature of the tool) we have recently released a new tool – the Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer. For information about downloading and installing the tool checkout this blog post from Kaido Järvemets.  The second main feature of the Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer is the PowerShell module. The intention with this module is to help you get started with Microsoft PowerShell and especially System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and PowerShell. The feature can be used to import custom PowerShell modules as well as built-in PowerShell modules. Once imported you [...]

SSL Certifikate Error – WS-Management Certificate Health

  Lately I have been working a bit with UNIX/Linux in SCOM 2012. I feel about it almost the same way I feel about certificates. Usually it works fine, but anything wrong or any errors, and it can quickly be a time consuming process.   Today I ran into the “SSL Certificate Error”. I got this alert on servers already monitored for a week, so I seemed a little strange. I had also done the scxconfig –export and –import, so I couldn’t see how it should be a certificate issue. Also, the Product Knowledge was of very little help, as [...]

By |2013-06-18T09:25:31+01:00June 18th, 2013|Operations Manager (SCOM)|1 Comment

SCOM 2012 web console prompts for username and password

  I have seen this issue several times, but as I always forget it after I’ve fixed it, I decided to make a blog post about it. As far as I have learned this issue is due to a Kerberos double-hop. But, fear not! The solution is pretty simple: Open IIS Manager, go to Operations Manager and click Authentication:     Mark Windows Authentication and then click “Providers…” in the right side     Move up NTLM so it is first.   No restart of the server or IIS is necessary. This action must be performed on all management servers [...]

By |2013-06-17T15:38:33+01:00June 17th, 2013|Operations Manager (SCOM)|9 Comments

Coretech WMI & PowerShell Explorer–Using the WMI feature

Earlier today Coretech released a brand new tool that we call Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer. For information about downloading and installing the tool checkout this blog post from Kaido Järvemets.  The tool has two main features, a WMI and a PowerShell explorer. This blog post will explain how you can use the WMI feature. Working with Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer Connect to the local computer Root\Cimv2 Namespace Launch the Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer as Administrator. From the upper left corner, expand the Menu and click Connect. In the Connect dialog box, type the Namespace or use the [...]

By |2013-06-17T08:02:48+01:00June 17th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|1 Comment

Coretech WMI and PowerShell Browser

I´m happy to announce our first version of WMI and PowerShell Explorer tool. The main reason why I did this tool is to simplify my own work and hopefully, it will help others also who are working with Configuration Manager. Description · Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer is a freeware tool with two main feature sets. · A powerful WMI tool that allows you to connect to and work with WMI locally and remotely. With the tool you can browse WMI namespaces, classes, methods, properties and class instances. Besides being a WMI browser the Coretech WMI and PowerShell Explorer allows [...]

SCCM 2012 PowerShell Class coming in the Fall

Summer is finally here, and what better to spend the Summer than developing a brand new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager PowerShell class. We (Kaido Jävemets & Kent Agerlund) are currently busy writing lots of labs and examples that will help you unleash the power of PowerShell. Why a PowerShell class you might ask? Well, because PowerShell is King and we love it The class will be running at a training center near you – and if not, please contact us. The agenda for the 3 day lab look like this: Mastering SCCM 2012 R2 with PowerShell Title: Mastering Configuration [...]

By |2013-06-15T12:32:24+01:00June 15th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|1 Comment

REPORT: List different Configuration Manager Packages Distribution Point Refresh dates

If you are looking a PowerShell script that can list Distribution Point Refresh Schedule dates for different content types like packages, software updates, images, boot images, driver packages, then stop looking :). I just posted a new PowerShell script on that can create these reports for you. This script can create CSV and HTML reports. You can download the script from here

By |2013-06-13T13:30:50+01:00June 13th, 2013|Powershell, Scripting & Development|0 Comments

KB2828233 Update for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection

Ok so this SCEP Update has been released some time ago, but i have seen and heard some confusion on how to get this Update installed properly into the ConfigMgr environments. The KB2828233 update itself is a server update and you need to install it on your Primary Site servers as you do with the SP’s, CU’s and other Hotfixes. What it will do on the server is that it will: Install itself as an Update to Endpoint Protection to the local EP Client on the server. Create a Server Update Package in ConfigMgr in the Packages folder “Configuration [...]

By |2013-06-12T16:59:26+01:00June 12th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Security|4 Comments

PowerShell Splatting – Nice way to simplify your scripts

Currently I´m building PowerShell WMI Explorer and because of this tool supports alternate credentials, then I thought how can I simplify my Get-WmiObject queries and the solution is Splatting :) PowerShell splatting allows you to create Function or CMDLET parameters dynamically. Below example shows how you can build dynamically Get-WmiObject parameters. You can use this script to query WMI information from the local machine or from the remote computer and if necessary you can also add alternate credentials. [crayon-5d581791049d2708814314/]

By |2013-06-08T10:58:54+01:00June 8th, 2013|Powershell, Scripting & Development|0 Comments

PowerShell: Disable Automatic Loading of Modules in PowerShell 3.0

  One of the new features in PowerShell 3.0 is the Auto Loading of Modules. This feature is great for discovering commands, but can be really annoing when trying to test if your script works as it is supposed to. Luckily we can change the settings using an automatic variable. $PSModuleAutoloadingPreference Here is the info from the help: $PSModuleAutoloadingPreference------------------------------      Enables and disables automatic importing of modules in the session.       "All" is the default. Regardless of the value of this variable, you      can use the Import-Module cmdlet to import a module.      Valid values are:        All    Modules are imported automatically on [...]

News in configMgr 2012 R2

Today at TechED 2013 in New Orleans the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Service Pack 1 Overview WCA-B328 also contained some very need news about the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012 R2 release. Below are the info that I managed to take from a very awesome presentation. Windows 8.1 support for a lightweight ConfigMgr agent (BYOD) scenarios Corp owned devices still have the “full” ConfigMgr agent Mobile device management with Intune Some of the key take aways from the session was: Selective wipe New branding options for the portal Company Apps for IOS and Android Software push support for IOS Workplace [...]

By |2013-06-04T11:26:07+01:00June 4th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|1 Comment

Notes and slides from the TechEDNA 2013 precon – Simplify and Maximize System Management with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 – Configuration Manager: Notes from the Field

First, a huge thank to all the attendees in the Sunday precon session. Johan and I asked for questions in the morning, and I must say that I do not remember the last time we got so many good questions. Download the slide deck Download information about SQL recommendations: SQL re-indexing scripts: Working with Management Point and SQL replicas:Step-bystep guide to create a Management Point replica: Download the Collection update scripts Migrate reports from ConfigMgr 2007 to ConfigMgr 2012: Update the package source location: Shutdown tool: Managing 3rd. party software updates: Complete SCUP 2012 [...]

By |2013-06-03T20:55:59+01:00June 3rd, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Events|2 Comments