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  • Blog Post: DPUpgradeThreadLimit Modification

    I’ve recently spent some time with a customer deploying a large amount of Distribution Points in their ConfigMgr 2012 R2 hierarchy. They were finding themselves running into bottlenecks during the deployment, and with the help of the ConfigMgr Product Group, a new Site Control File property modification...
  • Blog Post: 20 Years Of SMS/Configuration Manager

    On the 7th of November 1994, a little product called Systems Management Server (SMS) 1.0 was released. Since that date, there have been four major revisions (SMS 2.0, SMS 2003, ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012), three Service Packs (ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 & SP2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1), three Rx releases...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring ConfigMgr Clients Using System Center Operations Manager

    Microsoft MVP and my Premier customer from last week, Tao Yang was telling me about his custom SCOM Management Pack used to monitor the health of your ConfigMgr clients. Monitors include: DCM Compliance Missing hardware and software inventory Failed application deployments Pending software updates CCMExec...
  • Blog Post: First 100 at TechEd Melbourne

    Morning Gang, Well, TechEd Australia 2014 is less than two weeks away, and Ian, George and I are furiously fine tuning our demos in time for our Wednesday session . As a special treat for the first 100 people into our session, we’re giving away some very cool looking ConfigMgrDogs badges...
  • Blog Post: Wake On LAN Proxy “Have You’s?”

    If you’re trying to get the Wake On LAN Proxy feature of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1+ working, there’s a lot of steps required. Here’s a simple list of “have you’s?” to make sure you haven’t missed any requirements. For a more detailed guide, check out Muhammad Adil’s blog post. 1. Have you enabled Wake On LAN...
  • Blog Post: BREAKING: ConfigMgrDogs Together for Teched 2014!

    The ConfigMgrDogs boys will be getting together to deliver at TechEd Australia 2014! George, Ian and I will be delivering the ConfigMgrDogs Troubleshoot ConfigMgr 2012 (Level 400) session at both Melbourne and Sydney. We’ve got some exciting demos planned, and a surprise or two to be announced via the...
  • Blog Post: Modern Style ConfigMgr Visio Stencil

    I went searching for some nice looking ConfigMgr Visio Stencils this morning and found the most amazing set created by Ryan Boud . You can download the stencils here ( http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Modern-Style-Visio-da5a7470 ) and visit his blog ( http://hmmconfused.wordpress.com/ ) Generic Servers...
  • Blog Post: Application Catalog Failed – “Application installation not started”

    The application could not be installed. The most common reason is that software does not support the version of Windows currently installed on your computer. You can try starting the application installation from the Application Catalog again. If the problem continues, contact your network administrator...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 Windows Update Client Process

    Hi Gang! So I provided this information to one of my customers recently, and Georgy said it would be quite helpful for you dedicated ConfigMgrDogs readers too, so here it is. This is a high-level view of the Windows Update process from a ConfigMgr clients view utilizing a SUP (Software Update Point...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2013 - PowerShell for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Content

    Update: here is the video of my session (link below for full resolution video) http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2013/WCL416 Hello ConfigMgrDogs community. I’ve just completed my TechEd 2013 presentation – PowerShell for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1. For those who weren’t...
  • Blog Post: Version and Build numbers for ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1

    If you need to distinguish whether or not a site has been upgraded to ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, here is the process and version numbers.   1. Open the ConfigMgr console 2. Browse to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites 3. Right-click on the site you need information for, and select Properties...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshoot ConfigMgr 2012 SCCMContentLib Disk I/O

    So I’ve been building up some Labs for our up-and-coming ConfigMgr 2012 Chalk Talks, and my CAS started running really slowly. It’s a virtual machine on a desktop grade piece of hardware, but all of my other servers running were fine. I rebooted the machine, checked all the usuals –...
  • Blog Post: Include/Exclude Collections Rule

    My last post on ConfigMgr 2012 Collections (I promise!). I wanted to go over Include and Exclude Collection Rules. Include and Exclude collection rules are a new feature in ConfigMgr 2012 and I think you’ll find them most useful. They basically allow us to add or remove resources from a collection...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgrDogs at TechEd Australia!

    Your ConfigMgrDogs team will be speaking at TechEd Australia 2012! Come and check out our sessions & buy us a beer! Matt Shadbolt and George Smpyrakis – Configuration Manager 2012 and Security Compliance Manager Ian Bartlett and Mohnish Chaturvedi – Introduction to App-V 5.0   Session time and...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 Content Library Overview

    Content Management in ConfigMgr 2012 has completely changed to what we did in SCCM 2007. When you distribute content to a Distribution Point in ConfigMgr 2012, a check is done against the Content Library to confirm that any of the source files being referenced in your application/package do not already...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1: Deploy iOS and Android Apps!

    With all of the excitement surrounding the Beta 1 release of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, there’s been a fairly big feature that's been rarely spoken about… Deploying iOS/Android apps to ‘un-managed’ devices! This post wont be a deep dive into creating and deploying iOS/Android apps, it will just take you through...
  • Blog Post: Migrating App-V Packages– "OSD file defines incompatible OS requirements”

    Ran into an interesting issue while trying to migrate some App-V Applications from ConfigMgr 2007 to 2012 SP1. Most of the App-V packages migrated fine, however a few of them reported an error “OSD file defines incompatible OS requirements” After taking a look at the OSD file, according...
  • Blog Post: New logs in ConfigMgr 2012 – Client Logs

    With the new version of Configuration Manager, comes a bunch of new juicy logs. I’ll separate the posts into Client and Server. In this first instalment, I’ll cover off on the new logs found on your clients. The first thing you need to know, is the log location has changed slightly. Client logs can now...
  • Blog Post: Moving your package source after migration

    UPDATE: I’ve posted my Package and Application scripts ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrdogs/archive/2013/05/09/package-amp-application-source-modification-scripts.aspx ) If you haven’t checked out the Package Conversion Manager for ConfigMgr 2012 RTM/SP1 yet, you’re missing...