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Michael Griswold's SCCM Tips and Tricks
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Michael Griswold's SCCM Tips and Tricks
system center 2012 configuration manager
Pre-download content before application installation
This is one of those tricks that many of the experienced ConfigMgr/SCCM admins out there already know about but I wanted to spread the knowledge for all those not yet familiar with the trick. The scenario often comes up where there is a need (slow links, network congestion concerns, etc.) to get your...
1 Oct 2015
WQL to SQL
If you want to do any deep troubleshooting with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr), or even simple custom report creating, one of the main headaches you will hit is figuring out what SQL tables and views are involved with what you are interested in. Scouring the internet is one...
26 Aug 2015
PowerShell failing in a task sequence
I recently worked on an issue with a customer that might affect more of you out there. They were trying to run a simple PowerShell (POSH) script in a System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 (SCCM/ConfigMgr) OSD task sequence. The PS1 script file would run fine outside of the task sequence, but...
27 Jul 2015
Marked for reinstallation, it will not be started at this time
A few weeks ago my customer hit a situation where their clients were failing to communicate with their primary System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM/CONFIGMGR) site. The solution was simple, but the troubleshooting to figure it out wasn't such an easy thing so I wanted to share in hopes...
12 Jun 2015
ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 and R2SP1 - From here to there
With the recent announcement of the latest service pack release for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) product line ( 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 ) there...
14 May 2015
Collection creation based on state messages
Back in my System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 days I wrote up a blog post about something I did with a customer to create collections based on status messages. I have referred back to that many times, as have a few of my customers. Recently I had a similar request, but in this case it was...
4 May 2015
Export that collection membership
Hi folks. Today's post is on the topic of one of those "so obvious it hurts" topics. I will admit that as obvious as it is, it wasn't something I clewed in on right away. I suspect that for someone new to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product it was obvious from the start...
10 Mar 2015
Fallback DP = no DP
There is a point of confusion currently in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product, and that revolves around fallback DP and how they get used. The scenario is this. You setup a content boundary group associated with 2 distribution points. You put the content on all of them. You associate...
27 Jan 2015
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...
16 Dec 2014
Get more from your queries
Every SCCM admin has figured out how to create a collection with a query rule to dynamically update its membership (you don't just do direct rules I hope). Most admins have also learned that the columns able to be returned by a collection are limited but if you create a query in the Query node of...
17 Oct 2014
Disabling RBAC during custom report creation
A much anticipated feature of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM) was RBA (Role Based Administration, also known as RBAC or Role Based Access Control). When this functionality was added to reports it was very welcomed, but also made life a little difficult. When most people, myself included...
17 Sep 2014
Which Prestart command will I get?
For those of you doing OS deployments with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (I bet the same info below applies to the 2007 version but haven't tested it) you may have gotten into prestart commands to run a custom script or perhaps an HTA to better control and customize the deployment process...
30 Jul 2014
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...
9 Jul 2014
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...
16 May 2014
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...
22 Apr 2014
Getting started with RBA in System Center Configuration Manager 2012
RBAC, or Role Based Administration, is new with the SCCM 2012 product. Many customers I encounter are excited with the separation and flexibility it can provide, but daunted by the activity of getting it setup initially. There are a few handy tricks I share time and again with customers at this stage...
12 Mar 2014
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. ·...
7 Feb 2014
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...
2 Sep 2013
KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin
This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 . To better understand all the goodness it gives you check out the AskPFEPlat blog or go to the source of one of the guys who helped put it together, my fellow PFE Jeff Stokes . It is being...
13 Mar 2013
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...
8 Mar 2013
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...
1 Jul 2013
Configuration Management for the non SCCM admin
DCM was a feature in SCCM 2007 that got renamed to Configuration Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. IN 2007 It saw little use outside of FEP. I encourage customers to take another look at it with SCCM 2012. Now it not only monitors settings and reports back on drift,...
29 May 2013
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...
26 Nov 2013
How do I get the right permissions in ConfigMgr 2012?
If you are new to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and learning the new Role Based Authentication (RBA) model you may not initially grasp the concept that you grant a user a role and scope to define their security access. I find this gets people a little confused some times. The role is the set...
27 Apr 2012
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...
19 Nov 2012
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