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  • 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: Collection Membership Rule based on Client Status Message

    Quick post today. Here’s a t-sql query to update a collection based on a specific Client Status Message. I’m sure you can think of many reasons why this would be handy. SELECT SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name, SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier...
  • 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: How NOIDMIFs can extend your Hardware Inventory

    ConfigMgr hardware inventory is a very important and widely used feature. We use it to collect all sorts of information, from hardware info such as disk configuration, amount of RAM, etc. Hardware Inventory is also used to query the Add/Remove Programs to see what software is installed on a machine....
  • 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: How to find SCCM duplicate computer objects

    One of the many tasks an SCCM admin faces is checking for ConfigMgr duplicate computer records. There are many ways that we can get duplicate records, but here are the three most common: Duplicate MAC Addresses. I normally see this in environments where VDI is common. Generally, a VDI admin has...
  • 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: Trace32.exe/CMTrace.exe Hidden Features

    So I posted this on my mattlog.net blog ages ago, but for some reason it didn’t make the migration over to our new Technet ConfigMgrDogs blog, so thought I should repost as a new entry. I still find it staggering how many customers I visit who had no idea about these features! Trace32’s Error Lookup...