Random helpful stuff that I have found along the way

This site will primarily serve as my place to store links and info that I refer to alot as I work with MS customers.

Random helpful stuff that I have found along the way

  • How do I find out what Microsoft updates have been released recently?

    Here you go, this is updated on patch Tuesday https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/dn903783.aspx
  • What does this package status number mean?

    I was working on a pull DP issue (the dreaded invalid package status log entry) and needed a list of the possible package status values. Here you go: 0 PKG_STATUS_NONE 1 PKG_STATUS_SENT 2 PKG_STATUS_RECEIVED 3 PKG_STATUS_INSTALLED 4 PKG_STATUS_RETRY...
  • what do i install on my CM2012 R2 site?

    Seems to be some confusion among folks on which SP2/R2SP1 download you should run on your CM2012 R2 site. Here is the important part from the notes: If you have a System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installation, you can use the System Center...
  • CM2012 R2 SP1 and CM2012 SP2 are out!

    Test! Install! Deploy! http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/05/14/announcing-the-availability-of-sysctr-2012-r2-configmgr-sp1-and-sysctr-2012-configmgr-sp2.aspx
  • Does ConfigMgr 2012 support SQL 2014?

    Before, as an upgrade only. Now we support using SQL 2014 at install time - good news if you have been waiting for this change in support. More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/03/30/updated-sc2012-configmgr-sp1-and-sc2012r2...
  • it's like finding an app in an app store haystack

    If you are reading this, it's possible, even likely, that you are diving into the awesomeness that is Microsoft Intune. Maybe you are using it standalone or maybe you are in full blown UDM heaven and manage everything with the magic of ConfigMgr 2012...
  • a prompt status message query

    I deliver our Configuration Manager RAP as a Service offering many times for our Microsoft Premier customers. The risk assessment looks at a great deal of data, including the frequency of when warning and error status messages are being submitted by clients...
  • What is the latest version of the system center endpoint protection definition file?

    Need to make sure your auto deployment rules are getting the latest definition files to your clients? This link can be tricky to find but here you go, it shows the latest version: http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/definitions/whatsnew.aspx. You...
  • CM2012 R2 CU4 is out!

    Info on CU4 itself here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3026739 and info on powershell changes in CU4 here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3031717
  • CM2012 content status messages - what do they mean?

    I'm not sure these are documented so adding here: Content status message of successfully distributed content is the normal status when you deploy content to a DP Content status message of successfully processed content on DP is the status when...
  • CM2012 version numbers

    Every time I do a CM Risk Assessment (RaaS) for a customer I have to remember the various versions of CM2012 clients that are out there. Here is a compiled list so I'll know where to find it (and maybe you will too!) :-) CM 2012 RTM - 5.00.7711...
  • MMS 2014 and beyond?

    It would appear not. Rod Trent blogged about it, Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurott talked about it this week as well. I have had the good fortune to speak at the past several MMS conferences and before that served as a member of staff. It was a great conference...
  • whoops

    Somehow managed to delete all of my comments on my blog.  Whoops!  Hopefully I’ll get some new ones to publish.
  • Content Routing in CM2012

    Here is some additional information on how the content routing function works in ConfigMgr 2012. If you use this feature make sure you document the routes that have been added/deleted.  Assume there is a CM2012 SP1 primary site (BLB) with two CM2012...
  • Inventory mapped drives in ConfigMgr 2012

    The ability to inventory mapped network drives was a common customer ask in ConfigMgr 2007 and SCCM Expert and some other folks provided free scripts and MOF edits to take care of this. But can this be done in ConfigMgr 2012? Mapped network drives...
  • When does Windows 8.1 and System Center 2012 R2 release?

    October 18! http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx Now you can get your upgrades and migrations done before the holiday season, not during!
  • An update to MS13-052

    There were issues reported for this update with ConfigMgr 2007 and 2012 when this update was original released.  An update was released this week http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2872041/en-us
  • Waiting on Dirsync

    If you start testing the integration of Intune with Configuration Manager 2012 you’ll likely spend time waiting for the Dirsync process to run. It runs every 3 hours by default which is OK for a production environment but when testing you want things...
  • MS13-052/KB2840628 may cause ConfigMgr issues

    Don't know that we have a formal announcement on an MS site yet, but there is some info on the possible issues here: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2013/07/15/configmgr-issues-with-ms13-052-kb2840628/ . This affects CM2007 and CM2012. If you have...
  • SQL edition for CAS - make the right choice at install!

    If you have a central administration site (CAS) in your Configuration Manager 2012 hierarchy, consider using SQL Enterprise for the CAS. If you use SQL standard, the support limit is 50,000 users and there is no supported method to change the SQL edition...
  • how to prevent cm2012 computers from auto resolving client issues?

    The ConfigMgr client has traditionally been a fairly passive component on computers. It gets policy on a schedule, it submits inventory, evaluates baselines etc but typically doesn't make any changes to the computer unless you tell it to. The ConfigMgr...
  • Pros and Cons of a cloud-based DP

    A customer asked about the benefits of using a Windows Azure-based distribution point. Great question! Pros : Content is encrypted by CM site before being sent Azure can be scaled up/down to meet increasing/decreasing demand supports BranchCache...
  • CU1 for ConfigMgr 2012 is out!

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717295 Issues that are fixed Administrator Console When a new distribution point is added to a package that contains more than 100 existing distribution points, the new distribution point cannot be added...
  • Inventory data for offline clients

    ConfigMgr client computers that are powered on but are not connected to the corporate network will continue to execute hardware and software inventory processes as scheduled and will store the data locally. Once the client is able to connect to the ConfigMgr...
  • include vs exclude collection - who wins?

    In ConfigMgr 2012 you can have include collections to include members and you can have exclude collections to exclude members. Makes sense, right? But what happens if a collection member (could be a computer or a user) exists in both collections, the...