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  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #6 CMTrace

    NOTE: I had to move a few articles I wrote away from their existing location and on over to this blog, it’s old information now, since we have ConfigMgr 2012 R2! I thought I’d write some stuff about CMTrace, the Configuration Manager free log tracing tool. I still find folks who don’t know how useful...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Johan Arwidmark - ECM MVP - DeploymentArtist

    WMUG presents an interview with Johan Arwidmark ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, speaker, presenter and director of DeploymentArtist. The host for this interview is Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer and director of SMSMarshall Ltd, and the recording was made over Lync as...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012 R2 hotfix for per-computer task sequence variables

    If you are not seeing this, no point installing, if you are having issues with per-computer task sequence variables, KB2907591 will resolve the issue. What is happening is that for those affected, the task sequence variables defined for newly imported computer records are filtered out during task sequence...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Event - Wally Mead–UK–November-2013

    We had Wally Mead back over for a day covering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 … WMUG produced a newsletter covering the event for those that couldn’t make it. Video will appear on the WMUG website soon, but there’s 6 hours to render into sessions ready for viewing. Stay tuned. http://wmug...
  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different–The CM12R2 Toolkit is here

    A bag of awesomeness dropped yesterday in the form of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit . Here’s the payload of tools: Server Based Tools * DP Job Manager - A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points....
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Robert Marshall - ECM MVP - SMSMarshall Ltd

    WMUG presents an interview with Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, and director of SMSMarshall Ltd. The host for this interview is Johan Arwidmark ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer, presenter and director of DeploymentArtist, and the recording was made over Lync as audio...
  • Blog Post: New ConfigMgr and WSUS articles

    Put feet up, have a read :-) ConfigMgr List of the role-based administration permissions and permission groups in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager System Center Updates Publisher 2011 Support Statement Update Why wait? Get a jumpstart on mobile device management with Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Re-awarded MVP for 2014!

    An email arrived this afternoon, is always a treat to get an one like this! Another year of being in the MVP programme, in particular the Enterprise and Client Management (ECM) space where ConfigMgr lives, it’s just fantastic. My thanks for the year gone go out to the Community as a whole, Peter Egerton...
  • Blog Post: Switzerland–User Group-All day with Wally Mead and Friends

    Another awesome engineer friend of mine is giving his start-up User Group in Switzerland a go with it’s first all day event. The UG is called ConfigMgr.ch, he has an all-day event set for the 13th of Jan 2014 and the main attraction is Wally Mead along with a bunch of excellent speakers! Here’s the complete...
  • Blog Post: New ConfigMgr tool coming–Custom DDR

    *** UPDATE *** I updated the script a bit to V1.2 and produced some instructions, check it out here ( http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/CustomDDR-for-ConfigMgr-831d30d5 ) *** UPDATE *** Wrote a new tool last night, it was actually a complete rewrite of some code I whipped up for a Client...
  • Blog Post: New Tool–CustomDDR

    *** UPDATE *** I updated the script a bit to V1.2 and produced some instructions, check it out here ( http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/CustomDDR-for-ConfigMgr-831d30d5 ) *** UPDATE *** I’ve written a new ConfigMgr related tool to handle retrieving properties from WMI, Registry, Environment...
  • Blog Post: Beta–ConfigMgr Support Center tool from Microsoft

    There’s a new ConfigMgr tool just released from Microsoft called Support Center, in it’s beta stage, and open to the public. It’s primary purpose is for passing on Client diagnostic information to Microsoft Support Services, but it goes beyond that and, as you will see, has a selection of features for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2012 Server Deduplication and ConfigMgr 2012

    Windows Server 2012 brought along a really nice bunch of features, and a lot of work went into Disk Management, we saw Storage Pools, and a feature that I hadn’t check out, Deduplication. Since Windows 2012 we’ve been able to make use of this feature in the data center, Johan Arwidmark reminded me of...
  • Blog Post: New tool–ConfigMgr SwitchMP

    Need to point a Client at a specific MP, or block access to specific MP’s? Not many of us need to pin Clients to a specific MP, it’s not really possible, but is now. Download and instructions here There’s a Q&A feedback tab on that page, if you could give me feedback on your experiences, if it wobbles...
  • Blog Post: Controlling Management Point access during OSD

    *** Update - I wrote a tool called ManageMP that let's you specify MP's to be blocked and on which subnet a client has to be for the block to take place, check it out here I wrote a tool called SwitchMP to force an existing ConfigMgr Client to perform Management Point rotation, and while doing...
  • Blog Post: New tool–ManageMP for WINPE

    Wrote a small tool to do some Management Point blocking during the OSD WINPE build phase. I wanted to block MP’s very early on and using a prestart command like I showed here wasn’t very useful without some kind of conditional logic being applied to do the MP blocking, if you specify an MP then block...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2–CU1 as arrived

    Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 20212 Configuration Manager R2 has arrived in the form of KB2938441 . Here’s the enhancements: App-V 5.0 SP2 is now supported Updated Endpoint Protection Client PowerShell changes There’s a list of bugs that have been fixed, some...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Interview - Jörgen Nilsson - ECM MVP - CCMEXEC

    WMUG presents an interview with Jörgen Nilsson, MVP in Enterprise Client Management and System Center Consultant. The host for this interview is Robert Marshall ConfigMgr ECM MVP, consultant, trainer and director of SMSMarshall Ltd, and the recording was made over Lync as audio only. We hope...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Clinic - ConfigMgr - March 2014

    WMUG presents the March 2014 Clinic in which we discuss ConfigMgr. A big thank you to the WMUG Leaders, WMUG Contributors and attendees for attending, was a great call we cannot wait for the next one. (Please visit the site to view this video) If you would like to join the next Clinic, keep...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr Inbox Monitor–Updated to V1.3

    Just finished up the latest revision to the ConfigMgr Inbox Monitor tool bringing it to V1.3. Here’s a shot of the slightly modified UI: There’s a big build up of files taking place there, silent but deadly, tool took mere moments to render this birds-eye view of your inboxes. Very nice. Download: ConfigMgr...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2012 Console Parameters

    It seems not everyone is aware that there are a handful of command line parameters available for the ConfigMgr console executable. They are listed here on the MSDN Library and can be used for advanced troubleshooting, maybe some scripting or even if you just want to take a look around. So if you want...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2012 Security Role ID

    Here’s a snippet I wrote a little while ago but realised I hadn’t shared it with WMUG. I’ve been using powershell with Configuration Manager recently and I’ve been looking at security roles. If you’re looking to create your own security roles with powershell and you don’t already have a template, you...
  • Blog Post: Where’s Robert been lately?

    Where’s Robert been lately? A good question! The last few months I’ve been working for my company SMSMarshall Ltd, to produce a ConfigMgr related product, coded in C# using Visual Studio 2013, while trying to weave in day to day consultancy work, community activities, family, Baby boy arrived, friends...
  • Blog Post: LocationAware–Control Management Point usage

    I’ve written a pretty awesome and cheaply priced product to control System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and R2 Management Point selection and usage, literally bringing localisation that we have today for Content to Management Points without any burden, overhead or change in the infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Enhanced Hierarchy functionality

    Some of you may already know or have guessed, controlling Management Point, and now Software Update Point usage has become a bit of a preoccupation of mine. It is a “missing” feature that I’m acutely aware of as an Architect, I have to point out to customers that this gap just has to be lived with. Designing...