Michael Griswold's SCCM Tips and Tricks

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  • Blog Post: Search through everything!!!!!

    With Configuration Manager 2012 came a new UI. It took some getting used to but I, for one, have come to like it over the old MMC interface. There is one frustration with it that I hear from customers or see them attempting to workaround all the time. ConfigMgr admins everywhere like to organize their...
  • Blog Post: To hotfix or not to hotfix, that is the question

    Let me start this blog post by making it clear that this is my opinion, not an official stance. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is just mine. Feel free to ignore it if you like. I often time have discussions with customers about applying hotfixes, and more recently cumulative updates...
  • Blog Post: How to manually clean your SCCM server roles off the box

    Occasionally it becomes necessary to manually clean off a server of SCCM components. When that becomes necessary I usually tell customers to just flatten and rebuild the box, but that is not always an option. In those cases I have this mental list of things I go through to remove all the traces that...
  • Blog Post: How to get clients to avoid one of your management points

    The other week I had a customer asking me how they could keep clients from using a Management Point, yet still have it installed and functional to interact with some 3rd party software they wanted to use. That question didn’t have a simple answer. By default an SCCM 2012 client will randomly choose...
  • Blog Post: Block accidental task sequence execution

    There are several tips on how to stop accidental deployment of task sequences (one of my favorite links is to a blog post by Frank Rojas ).  One of my customers had come up with a fairly good idea on this topic I wanted to share also. Like programs, a task sequence can be set to only run on certain...
  • Blog Post: WBEMTEST..., your easiest gateway into WMI

    If you spend much time around Configuration Manager you become aware that a lot of it runs through WMI.  WMI is “Windows Management Instrumentation” and is essentially Microsoft’s implementation of a internet standard called Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM). If you are doing task sequences...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 RC is available

    Heads-up to everyone out there.  The RC of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is now availible for public download.  You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27841 .  Notice how Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012 RC is also included.
  • Blog Post: Permissions to Create a collection

    I had a customer doing some custom permission setting in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager the other week and after adding folks to a few existing security roles all was good except that these limited rights users could not create collections.  If you have looked at all the possible perms...
  • Blog Post: Quick tips to improve the accuracy of your metrics for deployments

    One of the topics that comes up with a lot of my SCCM customers is how their management is looking at reports of things like updates deployments or software deployments and seeing low success rates.  Getting 100% success is rare in any large deployment but each company should know a reasonable number...
  • Blog Post: System Center.., all for one!

    All kinds of news today.  A piece I find interesting…, ConfigMan is no longer going to be available as a stand alone product, but instead as part of a suite.  A good write-up is linked below. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-details-new-licensing-plans-for-its-cloud-management...
  • Blog Post: SCCM, Intune, and you

    With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service pack 1 came new ways to manage new OS types.  Mac and Unix/Linux management were big additions, but perhaps equally big was the expansion of mobile device management to manage things like iOS devices, Android devices, Windows Phone 8, and Windows...
  • Blog Post: “Dial Me In Baby” and the other magical files of Configuration Manager

    10/22/14 update - Added archive_reports.sms section Back in the SMS 2.0 days I was doing phone support and I would often have to listen to statements of disbelief when I told customers to create a Dial_Me_in_baby.sms file in order to enable logging to troubleshoot their issues. While that file...