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: Basic content deployment troubleshooting in SCCM 2012

    I was recently asked to pull together a general starting point guideline on how to troubleshoot content deployment issues with SCCM 2012. There is a lot that could go wrong, and the specifics for each scenario are different, but here is what I pulled together as a general starting point. ·...
  • Blog Post: Testing software deployment for a Linux machine

    I was recently working with a customer to setup management of their Mac and Linux machines with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and once we had things up and running we wanted to validate the client communication.  In the windows world I often setup a simple SWDist of something like CMTrace...
  • Blog Post: The best group is a DP group!

    There are all kinds of new features in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) and you have probably read about, watched video, or made use of many of them. As I visit customers I find there is one very cool feature that most folks don’t realize is actually there: Distribution Point...
  • Blog Post: DP converts, but content fails

    I hit an odd issue with a customer recently that was not easy to figure out or troubleshoot so I would like to share the problem and solution in hopes that others can avoid the pain we had to go through.   The issue is, in general, very straight forward.  The customer had  several existing...
  • Blog Post: An easier way to create packages and programs

    Today’s tip is one which many folks already know, but surprisingly many folks, even those who have used the product for a long time, have some how missed.  Due to some work I put into this many years ago it holds a special little place in my ConfigMgr admin heart. If you use any version of System...
  • Blog Post: Are your new clients working?

    I have setup many SCCM installations in my time and once I have all the server side pieces in place I like to kick a few quick tests to make sure it is all working as expected.  Nothing too heavy and cumbersome, but enough to see if you have a good foundation to build from.  Depending on time...
  • 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: Digging in on application deployment

    I will admit, this is a bit of a lame post on my part.  I just wanted to help spread some awareness of a post my fellow PFE, Jamie Moyer, put up.  When I’m trying to troubleshoot some kind of SCCM 2012 application deployment failure it is useful to reference what a good deployment looks like...
  • Blog Post: It is all relative

    I have encountered several customers where something I thought was well understood wasn’t as clear as I thought, and that is relative paths and working directories. In an effort to help the SCCM community I will try to explain it all here. When you are writing a batch file to control some kind of software...
  • Blog Post: Auto-Fix Windows Update Agent

    One of the hardest things to tackle in SCCM these days is client health. It is an on-going issue because it is hard to diagnose and hard to programmatically fix. SCCM’s client is much improved over older versions but it still has occasional issues and its dependencies such as WMI and Windows Update Agent...