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  • Blog Post: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager – 70-243 exam

    Having passed this exam a number of different Microsoft exams myself, I thought some people may find it useful to get some feedback and guidance from someone who’s been there and done it. Now obviously I’m not going to give away any answers or suggest what the questions may include due to the Non-Disclosure...
  • Blog Post: Add Non-Microsoft licence information into Configuration Manager 2012

    In order to get the most out of your Microsoft System Center 2012 investment you'll no doubt want to get the Asset Intelligence features of Configuration Manager (SCCM) working. You can add your Microsoft Volume licensing statement into SCCM but what if you want to add in non-Microsoft licences?...
  • Blog Post: New-CMProgram has no PackageID option.

    Just starting to convert my WMI based Powershell scripts to Configuration Manager 2012 sp1 cmdlets when I stumbled on a issue with New-CMProgram, it only allows you to specify the package name and not PackageID like the WMI class SMS_Program will. This means the Name has to be unique and you cannot...
  • Blog Post: Create SCCM Update Groups/Lists from a Collection – Right Click.

    Here comes a new variant of one of my favourite scripts originally written by Joachim Meyer. Original: http://cid-dc43b6dbf64a5be0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DC43B6DBF64A5BE0!113.entry This version creates a Update Group/List using the update status of all systems in a Collection, can be used instead...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr Component Manager

    I've been on a couple of weeks Holiday, I dropped most of my chores and focused on family time, some time away from the house, and indulging in things I’ve wanted to explore for a while now. Well I'm back, and aside from discovering Oculus Rift, Leap Motion and putting in a lot of time on iRacing...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 Script to Delete Old PCK files from SMSPKG folder Avoid Disk Space issues

    Did you ever get into disk Space Issues while copying,Decompressing PCK files ? Packages are failed due to not enough disk space ? couple of options to get out of it 1) Add Extra Drives or Increase the Disk on the Drive if you are into VM 2) manage with the existing disk by doing some alteration to...
  • Blog Post: Post CU3 Upgrade available

    Few fixes around Windows 8.1/RT support and a SQL issue based on default date\time format, run it after a CU3 installation to get going. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2894539
  • Blog Post: Wally Mead presenting ConfigMgr R2–London–9th of November 2013

    Wally Mead is back over to the UK for the final leg of his European tour, and will be presenting on ConfigMgr R2 at Cardinal Place, London Victoria all day on the 9th of November 2013. We’re already running low on tickets, if you can make this event, on a Saturday, then best to book in now! Head here...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2– Virtual Hard Disk feature

    Virtual Hard Disks. It’s a rather odd inclusion in the pantheon of updates that come in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2, but curiously, it fits well and opens up a door for creating bespoke VHD’s built directly from custom task sequence. These VHD’s can then be moved by whatever means to...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab

    REPOST - Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #1 The Lab 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! This guide kicks off my tour of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - CAS - #2 Do I need one

    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! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about setting up a good test last, we can...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager– #3 Setting up the CAS

    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! Following on from my previous article for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about the pro’s and con’s of having a Central...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary

    Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #4 Setting up the Primary 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! Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - #5 MDT 2012

    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 MDT 2013! Here's a quick guide to installing MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1. There isn't much to the installation itself, and is intuitive enough not to need...
  • 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: 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 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: 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: Configuration Manager DP Configuration Status and Content Validation

    I was working with a customer recently on a new Configuration Manager 2012 R2 implementation and we started to come across some content mismatches between the content library and the distribution point. This is nothing new to Configuration Manager and there is lots documented about this from 2007 and...
  • 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...