Move An Outlook Data file To A New Computer / (.pst) / Emails

Problem: How to Export your Outlook Data file (.pst) from one computer to another Short link to the blog: First I want you to notice that I am using Outlook 2013. There are other versions of outlook and it is possible to do the exact same thing. You are able to transfer the data files from one Outlook version to another. Follow this guide if you want to use another computer and want to keep your old data such as emails, folders and more. Through these steps, you are able to get all your emails and data with you into [...]

Working with managed applications within Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1

First, let’s define a managed application. In essence it’s a special policy that enable you to control settings in the application or browser like data encryption, can the user save the document as a new file etc. To successfully deploy a managed application you need to mix the application deployment with an application management policy. Configuration Manager will automatically discover if the application can be managed and will show an additional page in the wizard when you create the deployment. It’s worth noting that not all applications can be managed. They have to have the Intune App SDK built-in or [...]

Upgrade to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Below is the guide that I normally use for a service pack upgrade in a single primary site environment. I will not go into the story about what files you should download as that is already explained by Jason Sandys here -  Planning and Testing Back up the SQL Server database and restore a copy of the database on an instance that is not hosting the production database. Perform a test upgrade of the database to SP1. The test upgrade must be performed on the database copy. Download the ConfigMgr SP1 prerequisite files. Disable management point replicas if they [...]

By | 2015-05-19T21:14:20+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|5 Comments

Links and tools from our Ignite Instructor lab – Upgrading to Windows 10 using ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Thanks all for attending the Instructor led lab @Ignite – All three Vikings had a great time on stage – thanks for turning the ILL into a very interactive breakout session :-)   Download the labfiles, scripts and instructions from the lab - Download ConfigMgr Technical preview - Driver Import script -

Create Windows 10 Enterprise ISO from Professional media

Microsoft has released build 10041 of Windows 10 Technical preview, but again there is only an ISO for the Professional edition.The workaroundwell lucky for us, there is a way around this. It is possible to utilize DISM to change editions of Windows, so by running a few commands we can upgrade the install.wim from Pro to Enterprise.To do this you need a computer with Windows 10 installed, as we need the latest version of DISM. Simply install Windows 10 Pro using the latest release on a physical or virtual computer.Mount the Windows 10 Pro ISO, and copy the content to [...]

By | 2015-04-21T10:14:14+00:00 April 21st, 2015|General info, Windows Client|2 Comments

Slides and links from my Site Review session @NIC 2015

  Autmating the WSUS Cleanup process - SQL PowerShell audit script Splitting existing ConfigMgr database into multiple SQL files Pre-creating the database before installing Configmgr – download script Multiple software upate points and shared db – Slide deck SQL Script to for fragmentation on the SQL DB Checking the database fragmentation: Use CM_PS1 Go SELECT DB_NAME(database_id) AS [Database Name], OBJECT_NAME(ps.OBJECT_ID) AS [Object Name], AS [Index Name], ps.index_id, index_type_desc,     avg_fragmentation_in_percent, fragment_count, page_count FROM sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats(DB_ID(),NULL, NULL, NULL ,N’LIMITED’) AS ps     INNER JOIN sys.indexes AS i WITH (NOLOCK)     ON ps.[object_id] = i.[object_id] AND ps.index_id [...]

By | 2015-02-14T14:51:53+00:00 February 14th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|2 Comments

Slides and links from my Compliance Settings session @ NIC 2015 in Oslo

Thanks for attending another great NIC event, and a huge thank for the organization behind NIC for arranging a true International conference in Scandinavia. Some good resources for working with Compliance Settings: Henrik Hoe - Sherry Kissinger - Kent Agerlund - Kenny Buntinx - Technet - Slides and examples

By | 2015-02-14T14:46:11+00:00 February 14th, 2015|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|0 Comments

Managing WIFI certificates for iOS devices with ConfigMgr MDM

This will be the last Christmas blog post from Coretech in 2014. A huge thanks to all of you who followed our Christmas blogs in December. @Coretech we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – We look forward to service you again in 2015 with knowledge, inspiration and best practices on Microsoft technologies One of the many need features offered by ConfigMgr & Intune is the ability to deploy certificates and WIFI profiles. Both are essential when implementing a MDM/BYOD strategy. Creating the required SCEP certificate for iOS As mentioned in a [...]

By | 2014-12-23T14:09:31+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|3 Comments

System Center 2012 ConfigMgr Dashboard– Because we want you to look smart

Do you know the feeling when it feels like you have lost your head and can’t find the information your need? You start browsing the 468 canned reports and quickly spend a couple of hours still without finding exactly what you need. @ Coretech we know the feeling, but instead of keep being frustrated we decided to do something about it. Our solution is a System Center 2012 dashboard where we can see all the information we need in an easy way. Our dashboard will provide you with information in 3 layers and 3 dimensions….it sounds smart and Yes, it [...]

By | 2014-12-16T11:59:32+00:00 December 16th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|4 Comments

Get Direct Collection Memberships And Machine Variables Information

On several occasions I have had the need to pull information on SCCM devices, and recently I was asked to do a backup of all client direct memberships and some specific machine variables. So I thought I would share my latest version of a script that does that. The script takes an argument that will allow you to limit the process to only a set of named clients or just one if you prefer. [crayon-5bca41f30de64176458374/] The script starts by create a class to contain the information pulled from SCCM, making it easier to work with afterwards. [crayon-5bca41f30de7c504679933/] Next the script [...]

Deploy Office dependent applications with custom requirements based on architecture of OS and Office with SCCM 2012 R2.

In this blog post I’ll go through how to set up a custom requirement detecting whether a computer is running x86 or x64 version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Works for 8.1 as well). Furthermore I’ll set a requirement that detects whether Outlook.exe is a 32-bit or 64-bit edition. The detection is flexible and independent of the Office Version. Shorter explanation about the environment where the new application is about to be deployed: Environment contains a great mix of: - Windows 7 x86 with Office 2010 32 bit edition - Windows 7 x64 with Office 2010 32 bit edition [...]

By | 2014-12-08T06:20:49+00:00 December 8th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|0 Comments

SMSTS.log Size and History is Reset During Refresh Scenarios

If you have changed the default values for LogMaxSize and LogMaxHistory in your SMSTS.ini in your boot media, some of you might have experienced that these values gets reset to their default values (1000000 and 1) during a refresh scenario. This causes us to loose build history and makes troubleshooting quite difficult as logs are incomplete. Well, our friends over at E1 have created a nifty little tool that you can use to overcome this issue. The tool will change the following variables that controls the log behavior, these are normally read-only and can not be changed the way we [...]

Why System Center Updates Publisher aka SCUP is still a great tool

Welcome to the Coretech x-mas blog Calendar where we will give you a little insiders tip every single day in December.   Even if I don’t deploy 3rd party updates with SCUP 2011 I still use the tool for two purposes. I always upgrade my ConfigMgr clients and consoles to the latest CU using the built-in cab files. This allow me to use my existing software updates collections and I don’t have to worry about specific platforms since the detection rules in SCUP will take care of that. You can find the cab files on the site server in %Program [...]

By | 2014-12-01T08:56:43+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|1 Comment

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

Change Temporary Location for SCCM Media Creation

When you create Task Sequence media in Configuration Manager, the environment variable TMP is used to locate temporary storage for the creation process. By default this points to the users temp folder, which is usually on C: drive with limited space. While this is normally not a problem for creating an online boot media, creating offline media with many driver packages, software packages etc. you are bound to run into trouble. It is not only the Create TS Media wizard that uses this location, is also used when a WIM file needs to be mounted, so every time you create [...]

By | 2014-10-28T09:47:36+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|6 Comments

Links and downloads from SCU 2014 in Basel

Below is a list of the links and scripts that I used in my two sessions today on Compliance Management and Troubleshooting ConfigMgr. Compliance examples – download Configuration Manager Support Center: Microsoft System center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit: Optimizing ConfigMgr database: Background on maintenance task: Configuring SQL Backup and recovery, includes link to demo: Autmating the WSUS Cleanup process SQL PowerShell audit script Splitting existing ConfigMgr database into multiple SQL files Pre-creating the database before installing Configmgr – download script SQL Script to for fragmentation on the SQL DB   Checking [...]

By | 2014-09-19T18:30:27+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|4 Comments

Scripts and links from the ConfigMgr 2012 Site Review session @IT/Dev connections

A big thanks to all who showed up at our session, Steve and I had a fantastic time and could easily have gone on for 75 more minutes Below are the links to the scripts and blog post we referenced during the session. Hope to see you all again next year! Optimizing ConfigMgr database:   Background on maintenance task:   Configuring SQL Backup and recovery, includes link to demo:   Autmating the WSUS Cleanup process SQL PowerShell audit script

By | 2014-09-18T11:58:08+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|1 Comment

House of Cards–The ConfigMgr Software Update Point and WSUS

A Card house; fun to build but not very solid and when one card falls the whole house often goes down with it. It’s a little like that with the WSUS server and Configuration Manager. Installing WSUS seems so easy but there are still some moving part, and if you get one of the wrong maybe the whole House of Cards falls. Recently I have seen that happen at several customers. This blog post is divided into 3 parts: 1. Introduction 2. Problem overview and symptoms 3. Solutions to fix issues and avoid it in the future Let’s start by [...]

By | 2014-09-10T14:38:25+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|48 Comments

ConfigMgr 2012 Evaluation version expired

So what actually happens when an evaluation version expires? You will notice a few things, like the ConfigMgr administrator console very clearly tells you it expired. As you can see from above you will still be able to open the console but only with Read permisions. Trying to perform actions via PowerShell will give you an error saying that you don’t have the proper permissions: Looking in the SMS provider log file (smsprov.log) you will also see errors indicating the lack of permissions. You will also notice that both the SMS Executive Service and Site Component Manager service is not [...]

By | 2014-09-01T13:44:46+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|3 Comments

Managing 3rd. party Software Updates with System Center 2012 ConfigMgr & Secunia CSI Part II

In Part I focused on installing and configuring Secunia CSI 7 and System Center 2012 R2 ConfigMgr. In this part I will explain how you can deploy software updates. I do anticipate that you already have a working Software Update Management infrastructure managed by System Center 2012 R2 ConfigMgr. Deploying 3rd party software updates The process of deploying 3rd party software updates can be initiated from the CSI web portal or using the System Center 2012 R2 ConfigMgr plugin. In my world updates are divided into two categories: Applications managed and supported by the organization. In this category I often [...]

By | 2014-08-27T11:51:02+00:00 August 27th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|1 Comment

Managing 3rd. party Software Updates with System Center 2012 ConfigMgr & Secunia CSI Part I

Question if often get when visiting customers;”Is there really a need for managing our 3rd. party applications when we already patch Adobe Reader and JAVA”? The short answer is Yes, and the longer answer is please look at the numbers. The absolute number of vulnerabilities detected in 2013 was 13,073, discovered in 2,289 products from 539 vendors. The number shows a 45% increase in vulnerabilities in the five year trend, and a 32% increase from 2012 to 2013. Knowing these numbers I get the feeling that only patching Adobe Reader and JAVA is not enough to keep my environment secure. [...]

By | 2014-08-21T12:30:07+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|0 Comments